Minister highlights Qatar’s efforts to invest in education
Highlighting Qatar’s contribution to humanitarian and sustainable development projects, HE Minister of Education and Higher Education Buthaina bint Ali al-Jabr al-Nuaimi pointed out that Qatar is a major contributor in the world by investing in education, health and economic empowerment.
She noted that the Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD) has provided nearly $1 billion in grants for education projects in 64 countries over the past decade, while the Education Above All Foundation (EAA) has reached more than 10 million children out of school in 56 countries and is constantly expanding its reach and impact, the official Qatar News Agency reported.
HE the Minister made the remarks during the session “Education and Learning in Emergencies and Protracted Crises”, held within the framework of the Transforming Education Summit at the United Nations (UN) . The main summit, which will take place today (Leaders Day), was preceded by side events on September 16 (Mobilization Day) and 17 (Solutions Day).
In response to the educational loss caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, the EAA Foundation has created a free, multidisciplinary creative bank of educational resources, ensuring the continuity of learning for more than 600,000 children in 170 countries despite the weakness of the resources, it was pointed out. out. Additionally, the foundation and its partners recently launched the TRACE Data Portal to bridge the global gap for reliable, high-quality, and accessible data that collects, visualizes, and provides coordinated analysis of data on attacks on education. , noted HE the Minister.
HE al-Nuaimi stressed the importance of all parties together working to ensure that a greater proportion of development aid and government spending is allocated to the education and learning system, in line with the commitment education in times of crisis project; stating that this is not only a moral duty, but also essential to achieving sustainable development and a safer world for all.
During the session “Financial Innovations: Expanding Fiscal Space for Education to Finance the Revival of Learning”, HE the Minister highlighted the achievements of the EAA Foundation through the Educate a Child program, which was able to fund almost 950 million dollars out of a total amount of 2.3 USD. billion euros invested with global partners to provide primary education to more than 14 million children deprived of education worldwide.
She added that the experience of the Educate a Child program is a living example “that we can all emulate to work together, emphasizing that the possibilities are limitless in this aspect and will be in the interest of those who have been marginalized educative”.
HE the Minister stressed that Qatar strongly supports calls for donor countries to allocate higher percentages of official development assistance directly to education and training, and that the state also supports the proposed mechanism to allow heavily indebted countries to restructure and reschedule their debts.
She called on World Bank participants to contribute to a better understanding of options for increasing allocations to education in budgets, and called on the Global Partnership for Education to help develop innovative strategies to increase capacity. education finance.
She also referred to Qatar’s approach to the issue of financing education at the national and global levels, and that it pays great attention to this issue and has shown its commitment to its students and the students of the world. by making a conscious decision to invest in education, stemming from its belief that education is the pillar of social growth.
She noted that as everyone approaches the deadline to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals in 2030, countries need to deliver on their promises to provide quality education to every child, which inevitably requires greater investment in education.
In an opening speech of the session “Localizing Education for a Sustainable Future”, HE al-Nuaimi emphasized the importance of localizing education, paying particular attention to the issue of bilingualism, values and identity, and by localizing the content of school programs.
She said she was happy to share the work in this context with the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF) and Djibouti, as well as with the regional office of Unesco in Qatar.
She noted that the demographic structure of Qatar includes, in addition to Qatari citizens, a significant number of people of various other nationalities working in the country and contributing to its national development, making Qatar a multicultural and multilingual environment conducive to coexistence, understanding mutual and peace.
Qatar is aware of the importance of sustainable development as a necessity to achieve prosperity in the future, establish security and achieve peace in the world, she noted.
As part of the Day of Solutions, during which several stakeholders showcased initiatives that will help transform education, HE the Minister presented an overview of Qatar’s ‘Rasikh’ initiative, the new platform for digital learning launched by QF in partnership with the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, in cooperation with Djibouti and the UNESCO regional office in Qatar.
This platform connects all teachers and local institutions in Qatar, from the public and private sectors and other key institutions, through a codified mechanism to establish knowledge that can immediately reach classrooms.
She pointed out the challenges faced by the students represented by the lack of modern, updated and very useful content in the Arabic language, and that by using the “Rasikh” learning platform, Arabic-speaking students will no longer face this problem, while at the same time, non-Arabic-speaking students in Qatar in private schools will be able to access locally designed, English-language teaching materials adapted to the national context.
HE the Minister also stressed that education is a fundamental right for children both in times of stability and in times of crisis. Addressing the session “Education and Learning in Emergencies and Protracted Crises,” she said education in emergencies is more than a right to education for children; rather, it provides psychological support and a stability factor to help them overcome the traumas they face on a daily basis, and a feeling that life has returned to normal, builds resilience, supports long-term recovery processes and rebuild a better future.