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Shaping students for the future
                                                                                                                          What makes Doha College outstanding?
                                                                                                                          n   The first school in Qatar to be accredited under
                                                                                                                              the new Council of British International Schools
                                                                                                                              (COBIS) Patron’s Accreditation and compliance
                                                                                                                          n   First in the world to be accredited as a
                                                                                                                              High Performance Learning school with the
                                                                                                                              prestigious world-class award.
                                                                                                                          n   Recognition at the Qatar Sustainability Awards
                                                                                                                              2018, when the college was honoured with the
                                                                                                                              Schools Sustainability Initiative Award.
                                                                                                                          n   Was included in the first batch of schools to be
                                                                                                                              nominated as COBIS Training Schools.

       oha College, a leading British International         progress through Secondary. Opportunities for
       school in Qatar for over 40 years, educates          students to express and discover their personalities
       students between ages 3 and 18, with an              and strengths are enhanced through additional
excelling reputation in academia, sport and the arts.       opportunities. 6th Form committees are active in such
                                                            fields as cultural diversity, student wellbeing, charity,
Their state-of-the-art campus is uniquely designed
                                                            the environment, and more. Co-curricular activities
to create unbounding space for growth and learning,
                                                            continue with equal commitment to fulfil the purposes
while fostering community in small group settings.
                                                            of the Model United Nations or the International
This, along with its exceptional teaching team, reflects
                                                            Award. Their Academies enrich the experience with
their unwavering pursuit of excellence. A Doha College
                                                            internationally recognised courses in drama, dance,
education reaches far beyond curriculum, educating
                                                            sports and fitness.
global citizens who listen, respect others and have the
confidence to stand up and be heard.
“As the first accredited High-Performance-Learning
School, the set-up of Doha College Secondary, in the
way of the curriculum and vast array of wider extra-
curricular activities, goes far beyond general UK-
national and international expectations,”- Dr Steffen
Sommer, Principal of Doha College

                                                                                                                        for mathematics educators across the country. It also
                                                            Best examination results                                    keeps its community safe by implementing the most
                                                            Year on year, Doha College’s examination results are        secure measures and protocols, while continuing
                                                            a testament to the outstanding level of teaching and        to provide the teaching of unwavering quality. The
                                                            holistic learning approach that allows each and every       small-sized classes and the versatile learning spaces
                                                            child that is part of their community, take the path to     enables full attendance in FS1 and 6th Form, while fully
                                                            their chosen future.                                        complying with the Ministry of Education and Ministry
                                                            Their examinations results for academic year 2020/21        of Public Health requirements.
Shaping students for the future                             placed Doha College as one of the highest achieving
Secondary education is a critical stage in every child’s    British schools worldwide. The 2021 results were
development – it shapes them for life. At Doha College,     impressively the best in the school’s 40-year history.
students develop a balanced understanding of the            The grades reached 99.6% A* to C for (I)GCSE, and
world around them, learning to be considerate of            98.4% A* to C at A Level.
others, and acquiring skills that will serve them well as
global citizens.                                            Community
Doha College has an outstanding Secondary, with             A beacon in international education, Doha College
students encouraged to play a full and active role in all   shines in community spirit too. Over the decades, the
areas of school life. It follows the National Curriculum    school organised large events open to people in Qatar
for England, providing an education for children            and in the fields of sports, music and medical research.
between the ages of 11 and 18, covering Years 7 to 13.
                                                            During the pandemic, the school maintained its
With an emphasis on academic excellence, careful            community involvement through online events such
attention is given to students’ individual learning needs   as the student-lead DCMUN (Doha College Model
with regular monitoring and tracking as students’           United Nations) or the teacher-led ‘TeachMeet’ event

                                                                                                                                                          EDUCATION                3
                                                                                                                                                          DURING THE PANDEMIC
SEK-Qatar, a school boasting an international
track record and educational excellence
SEK International School Qatar was
established in 2013 as part of the Qatar
Ministry of Education’s Outstanding
Schools Programme. This co-educational
and multi-lingual school in Qatar boasts
a cutting-edge learning campus located
in Doha’s West Bay district. English is the                                                                                    The SEK Profile is a continuous record
language of instruction and students also                                                                                      of student learning that goes beyond
learn Spanish and Arabic.                                                                                                      basic academic experiences. It focuses
                                                                                                                               on nine general competencies that take

      s the world we live in continues to adapt and
      change with technology, education, work and                                                                              into consideration both curricular and
      re-thinking new ways of approaching situations,                                                                          extracurricular experiences, and foster
SEK International School Qatar continues to be a unique
provider of outstanding education and innovation.  
                                                                                                                               students’ foundational learning skills.
As part of SEK Education Group, established in 1892, there
are 10 schools in total (Spain, France, Ireland, Qatar and                                                                     SEK Profile
Saudi Arabia) including its own forward-looking university                                                                     Meaningful learning balances knowledge acquisition
(Camilo José Cela University).                                                                                                 and skills development, both of which cannot be
Although the school’s roots can be found in Spain, SEK-                                                                        easily documented or made visible by traditional
Qatar is an outstanding international school with students                                                                     assessment. Therefore, the school has developed the SEK
and families from more than 60 different countries. SEK-                                                                       Profile, linked to Global Citizenship and Social Innovation,
Qatar is a global learning community that focuses on a                                                                         and as an important part of the Future Learning Model.
holistic and skills-based approach to education, where                                                                         The SEK Profile is a continuous record of student learning
students develop as global citizens and international                                                                          that goes beyond basic academic experiences. It focuses
leaders.                                                                                                                       on nine general competencies that take into consideration
                                                                                                                               both curricular and extracurricular experiences, and foster
Technology                                                    three programmes develop students’ intellectual, personal,       students’ foundational learning skills.
                                                              emotional and social skills that they crucially need to thrive
SEK International Schools deploy technology, innovation,                                                                       In collaboration with other SEK Schools students, a set of
                                                              and serve others in today’s challenging world. SEK-Qatar is
learning and teaching, combined with 128 years of                                                                              processes is being designed to support the development
                                                              also a recognised Microsoft Showcase School, accredited
expertise, to prepare students for global living, digital                                                                      of the SEK Profile, as well as methodologies for collecting
                                                              by NEASC (New England Association of Schools and
citizenship and leadership in an ever-changing world.                                                                          evidence through the student’s learning portfolio.
Simultaneously, SEK-Qatar is a learning community                                                                              Since its inception, many of their graduates have gone
                                                              The PYP caters for students from PreK-grade 5 and the
that is centred on developing thinking, research,                                                                              onto various universities all over the world fulfilling their
                                                              MYP for grades 6-10, whilst the DP is offered for students
communication, social and self-management skills.                                                                              aspirations and goals.
                                                              in grades 11-12. Their teaching approaches and whole
The school offers an academic approach, where students
                                                              school community culture is geared towards learning and
explore and develop their talents in arts, physical health,
                                                              attitudes that are centred on developing an internationally-     Face-to-face and virtual learning
programming, robotics, sciences, mathematics, humanities                                                                       environments
                                                              minded community made up of students who are inquirers,
and languages (English, Spanish and Arabic).
                                                              knowledgeable, thinkers, communicators, principled, open-        SEK schools are prepared to face any possible scenario
The digital society in which we live needs citizens who are   minded, caring, risk-takers and are balanced and reflective.     and continue with classes as normal under any
competent in technological and digital environments and                                                                        circumstances. The SEK Future Learning Model stemmed
                                                              They inspire all students to be creative thinkers, problem
who use technology and information with confidence. That                                                                       from the review and reworking of the Intelligent Classroom,
                                                              solvers, active learners and global citizens who make
is why SEK Education Group promotes a digital curriculum                                                                       offering methods and tools adapted to face-to-face or
                                                              positive contributions towards a better world. The
as a fundamental aspect of students’ development, so                                                                           digital formats depending on the pedagogical purpose
                                                              IB programmes at SEK-Qatar are combined with a family-
that they are able to acquire the necessary skills and                                                                         they pursue, in motivating and enriching physical or virtual
                                                              oriented approach, which involves a culture of care,
competencies in these areas.                                                                                                   spaces, allowing them to create personal development
                                                              growth and inspiration whilst developing each student’s
                                                              talents, interests and dreams. Students learn through            experiences for each student.
International Baccalaureate Programmes                        the understanding that serving and caring for others             The SEK Future Learning Model will allow seamless
SEK-Qatar is an IB World School authorised to offer           brings the highest rewards in life, while ensuring that they     transference from face-to-face teaching processes to other
the Primary Years Programme (PYP), Middle Years               become skilled, balanced, productive and creative 21st           virtual ones, or to blended formats, with the maximum
Programme (MYP) and Diploma Programme (DP). The               century global citizens.                                         guarantees of efficiency.

Qatar’s education system
  ‘remains high and at par’                                   The government has consistently supported education          “This has necessitated for a quality education
  By Pratap John

                                                              in its budget statements. In 2020, Qatar allocated $6bn      ecosystem and the government has made conscious
       he quality of education system in Qatar remains
                                                              to the sector, equivalent to 10.5% of the total budget,      efforts towards improving the infrastructure while
       high and at par with developed nations,
                                                              much higher than the 9.3% earmarked in 2019.                 taking positive initiatives in opening up the sector for
       researcher Alpen Capital has said in a report.
                                                                                                                           private participation.”
                                                              The allocation supports the country’s aim to boost the
  In 2020, Qatar allocated 10.5% of the total budget
                                                              education sector by improving course curriculum for          As of 2018, Qatar was home to 476 schools, of which
  towards education, much higher than the 9.3%
                                                              better learning outcomes, promoting efficient teaching,      private schools made up for 58.2% of the total, Alpen
  earmarked in 2019, Alpen Capital said in its latest
                                                              and refining the overall functioning of the education        Capital noted.
  report on the ‘GCC Education Industry’.
                                                              As part of Qatar’s ‘National Vision 2030’, the Supreme
                                                              Education Council (SEC) plans to provide continued
                                                              financial and human resources support to advance
                                                              education for the purpose of sustainable development.
                                                              Moreover, the Ministry of Education and Higher
                                                              Education (MOEHE), in collaboration with the Ministry                               Supplements Team
                                                              of Finance (MoF) plans to establish some 45 schools                                 Advertising & Marketing Manager
                                                              with a PPP model as part of the Qatar Public-Private                                Hassan Ali Anwari
                                                              Partnership Schools Development Programmes.
                                                                                                                                                  Sr. Business Development Manager
                                                              The schools are planned to be built in six phases,                                  Sanjai Noah
                                                              with eight schools to be set up by this year in the first                           Editor
                                                              package, followed by six to eight schools in each of                                Amjad Vanimal
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                                                              the following packages by 2022-23. The schools are           Jayan Orma
                                                              expected to use the Design, Build, Finance, Operate,                                Layout /Graphics
                                                              Maintain and Transfer (DBFOMT) model for their                                      A.K. Vinay Kumar
  According to the Global Competitiveness Index 2019,                                                                                             Circulation in-charge
                                                              construction and operation, Alpen Capital noted.
  Qatar improved its ranking across parameters such                                                                                               Sherif Samy
  as critical thinking in teaching, quality of vocational     According to Alpen Capital, “education plays a key
  training, digital skills among the active population, and   role in Qatar’s long-term vision of building a diversified
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  skillset of graduates.                                      economy.”                                                                           Gulf Times/Arrayah Building, C Ring Road,
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  However, Qatar’s ranking on the pupil-to-teacher ratio      “The country aims to create independent, confident,                                 Tel: (+974) 44466621
  in primary education declined during the year, Alpen        and self-reliant economy through developing its                                     Fax: (+974) 44310992
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HMC’s tips for returning to
  school during Covid-19
          s new school year begins and Covid-19
          preventive measures still in place, Hamad
          Medical Corporation (HMC) has provided some
  tips to support children as they return to school. The
  HMC advisory was published on social media recently.
  The advisory urges parents to help children feel
  confident about heading into the classroom and talk to
  them about what they are looking forward to and any
  concerns they may have.
  “Ensure your child knows what to expect at school
  with the Covid-19 safety measures, including what’s
  expected of them for face masks, social distancing and
  hand hygiene,” it stressed. “Get back into the school-
  day routine early, such as sleep routines and mealtimes.
  Planning appropriate school, homework and play times
  helps set expectations.”
  Children sense if their parents are anxious, HMC points
  out. “Stay calm and reassured; this will help prevent
  any anxiety from your child.”
  The advisory adds that the 16000 helpline is a free
  and confidential service to provide support for people
  experiencing stress and anxiety as a result of the
  current Covid-19 pandemic.
  The Ministry of Education and Higher Education
  (MoEHE) had recently announced its decision to adopt
  the blended education system for the 2021/2022             presence on the school premises.                             and celebrations. The events can be organised
  academic year, with rotation attendance system in                                                                       remotely.
                                                             The precautionary measures inside educational
  place on campus for government schools starting from
                                                             buildings will remain in force, as it is mandatory for all   Parents have also been encouraged to support their
  August 29 and for private schools and kindergartens
                                                             government and private schools to ensure a number            children aged 12 years and above to get vaccinated
  according to their academic calendars.
                                                             of measures, which include the following: dividing           against Covid-19 ahead of the new academic year.
  All government, private schools and kindergartens          students into groups of a maximum of 15 students             “With schools due to start their new year, it is important
  have to maintain 50% attendance. The situation will        each, while maintaining a social distance of 1.5m            that as many children as possible are vaccinated in
  be continuously monitored and assessed in direct co-       between each student; commitment to wearing the              order to ensure a safe school environment. Please
  ordination with the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH).      face mask across all school stages, starting with Grade      contact your primary healthcare centre to make an
  The decision is based on the updated indicators            1 in the primary stage; continuously observing the           appointment for your child to get the vaccine, or make
  published by the MoPH on the Covid-19 pandemic             bubble system inside classrooms and organising the           an appointment via the PHCC mobile app,” said Dr
  and in line with the precautionary measures set by the     entry and exit of students to prevent overcrowding;          Hana Khudair Saleh, Community Medicine specialist
  State to contain the spread of infection.                  maintaining 50% capacity on school buses when                at the Primary Health Care Corporation, in a video
  It was also decided to make it mandatory for students      transporting students; and cancellation of the morning       message posted on the social media platforms of the
  from Grades 1 to 12 to wearing masks throughout their      assembly and group activities, including trips, camps        MoPH recently.

EDUCATION             9
8 tips to help
                         your kids stay focused
                         during                              virtual
                                 s schools are faced with the challenge of providing learning opportunities for
                                 students at a distance, parents are called on to be more involved than ever before,
                                 particularly for their younger learners and those with learning challenges and
                         disabilities. Maintaining high levels of engagement can be challenging even for savvy
                         adult learners.

How do we best help our kids make the most of these        3. Encourage movement. Kids need to move their                  does not want your child to be frustrated with or
distance learning experiences?                                bodies frequently throughout the day. Allow time             miserable about learning. In fact, teachers spend
The term “engagement” refers to the amount and                for exercise before your child is expected to focus          time trying to make lessons interesting, and to tailor
quality of time students spend on distance learning           on a distance learning task. Some children are able          instruction to provide the right level of challenge for
activities. Distance learning activities can be in a          to better focus on tasks when standing. Consider             their students. If something is too challenging, or
synchronous (real-time) learning experience where             having your computer or tablet be on a raised                your child has hit a frustration level, it’s okay to stop
students have some type of scheduled online                   surface so that your child can stand.                        the activity and give them a break. It’s also okay to
interaction with a teacher or group, or asynchronous                                                                       slow down the pace, which means giving your child
                                                           4. Reduce distractions. Where possible, reduce                  time to think and process information. It also means
(not in real time) learning experience where students         distractions when your child is completing
interact with online resources at their own pace.                                                                          participating in segments of learning one at a time
                                                              schoolwork. This includes noise as well as visual            rather than trying to tackle a whole lesson in one
Regardless of the mode of delivery, many students             noise or clutter. A designated workspace that is             sitting. You can give yourself permission to pick that
are asked to be engaged in a way that’s new to them.          comfortable for your child will be helpful.                  lesson back up another time or another day.
Teachers might hold live or video-recorded class
lectures or activities, or perhaps parents are given       5. Adjust your schedule as needed. If your child is          8. Provide immediate positive feedback. Each time
digital learning resources to work through with their         frustrated — or alternately, if your child is very           your child completes distance learning instruction,
children. Without effective supports for children from        engaged in learning — make a change in your                  provide immediate and positive feedback!
teachers and parents in place at home, families can           schedule to allow for a break (and revisit at a later        Something as simple as putting a check mark, star,
easily become disengaged and frustrated.                      day or time) or to spend time delving deeper into            or sticker on the work assignment can go a long
                                                              the topic. Some learning activities will be easier           way in helping to motivate your child. And don’t
Here are eight tips to help your child maintain focus         to move through than others. Consider working                forget to celebrate yourself, as you are playing such
and stay engaged during this time of distance learning.       with your child on those activities or subjects that         an important role to help your child learn and grow.
1. Understand the expectation for distance learning.          are more difficult during the times of day when
   How much time should students spend online                 your child is most alert and engaged. Learning            Examples of rewards: praise; stickers; choose a movie;
   for learning purposes? There are screen time               material that is easier for a child, and therefore        a treat such as ice cream, candy, or a popsicle; tablet
   considerations for all students, and older students        moved through more quickly, can be completed at           time; choose a family activity; play with a special toy;
   can handle longer amounts of time than younger             a different time (such as in the afternoon or even        free choice time; or an extra 15 minutes to play before
   students. Your child’s teacher or school should            another day). It’s also helpful to share with your        bedtime
   provide some guidance for what is reasonable. For          teacher what is working best for you and your child.      Teachers should plan for a variety of learning
   young children, interaction and play is valuable for                                                                 experiences, online and off, and be able to support
   learning.                                               6. Use a checklist for focus. For some children who          parents by modifying or adapting activities to meet the
                                                              really struggle with focusing, a basic visual checklist   needs of their students. Schooling from a distance is as
2. Determine what type of activities work best for your       of tasks needed for a particular activity will be         new a territory for teachers as it is for parents. Getting
   child. Are there certain types of distance learning        helpful. For example, if the child is asked to watch      feedback from parents about what is working and
   activities that your child prefers over others?            a lesson, read a prompt, and then provide a written       where they need additional support is essential.
   For example, does your child work better with              response to the prompt, the checklist would have
                                                                                                                        With creative thinking and effort by teachers and
   synchronous activities where they respond to a live        keywords for each of these required activities:
                                                                                                                        families as partners, children will continue to build their
   instructor, or in person sitting one-on-one with you?      watch, read, and write. The child would check off
                                                                                                                        knowledge and skills, but also build confidence and a
   What learning platforms seems to engage your child         each task with you as it is completed, and receive
                                                                                                                        love for learning.
   more than others? The answers to these questions           some positive praise or another reward when
   can be valuable for you and your child’s teacher to        finished.
   help plan for learning experiences that work best for
   your child.                                             7. Give your child (and yourself) a break. Your teacher

                                                                                                                                                             EDUCATION                 13
                                                                                                                                                             DURING THE PANDEMIC
GEMS Wellington School Qatar
                                                   Being World Class...what lies ahead for GEMS
                                                   Wellington School, Qatar
                                                                                                                                             learning based framework to achieve
                                                                                                                                             an aspirational school culture and
                                                                                                                                             exceptionally high student outcomes.

                                                                                                                                             Wider Partnerships
                                                                                                                                             The benefits of offering the world-
                                                                                                                                             renowned UK curriculum are well known,
                                                                                                                                             but here at WSQ, they are always
                                                                                                                                             looking to see how this can be further
                                                                                                                                             strengthened and supported to provide
                                                                                                                                             wider opportunities for their students.
                                                                                                                                             The school has appointed a new Head
                                                                                                                                             of Social Enterprise and Responsibility
                                                                                                                                             whose main focus is to secure both local
                                                                                                                                             and international links with industry,
                                                                                                                                             raise awareness and opportunities for
                                                                                                                                             students to contribute positively to social
                                                                                                                                             and environmental projects, alongside
                                                                                                                                             developing their entrepreneurial skills and
                                                                                                                                             They are also extremely excited about
                                                                                                                                             their new partnership with ArtsEd, a world
                                                                                                                                             leading, specialist performing arts school in
                                                                                                                                             the UK which continues to produce some

       EMS Wellington School offers an           highly respected leader with significant                                                    of the top names currently performing on
       engaging, rigorous and authentic          experience both in the UK and UAE,                                                          stages in the London’s West End. Being
       British education following               Raybould has been instrumental in raising                                                   the only school in Qatar to have such an
the National Curriculum for England,             standards in a variety of school settings                                                   agreement is testament to both the level
culminating in the highly sought after           and is passionate about providing students                                                  of their aspirations as a school and also
GCSE and A-level qualifications. They            with the best chances to succeed.                                                           the strength of the GEMS Wellington
are ambitious for every member of their                                                                                                      brand. This partnership will give their
community and believe in success for all.                                                                                                    students access to high level coaching
With a newly formed, highly experienced           “I am deeply                                                                               and mentoring workshops directly from
senior leadership team, they are excited for                                                                                                 professional performers across the
                                                  committed to ensuring                                                                      different areas of performing arts. Many of
the future as they continue on their journey
                                                  young people have the                                                                      the skills learnt and opportunities provided
to become world-class.
                                                  very best educational                        High Performance Learning                     through partnership are transferable
                                                  opportunities as I                                                                         across all walks of life and will really benefit
Ambitious Leadership Team                                                                      Central to their belief that all students
                                                                                                                                             their students as they progress to higher
                                                  am very much of the                          can achieve, GEMS Wellington School
The school is now under new leadership                                                                                                       education and beyond.
following the appointment of the Principal        belief that given the                        – Qatar has embarked on their journey
/ CEO, David Wilson, bringing with him            right culture and                            to be recognised as a world-class High
                                                                                               Performance Learning School. Based
over 20 years’ experience in education.           climate, all young         Ben Raybould
His previous roles have included working                                                       on years of global research, the HPL
                                                  people can experience       Vice Principal   approach is “centred around evidence
in his native UK, New Zealand, Spain and
                                                  academic and                                 taken from the fields of neuro-science and
latterly the UAE. During this time, he has
successfully led high- performing teams           personal excellence. The ambition of         psychology, demonstrating conclusively
to improve student outcomes by setting            GEMS Wellington is certainly what            that the brain is exquisitely mouldable
                                                                                               and that we can grow our intelligence”;
challenging expectations, instilling the          attracted me and my family back to the
importance of self-discipline and creating                                                     presenting the reality that high levels of
                                                  Middle East, and I look forward to serving   educational performance is not just limited
a culture of success and achievement
                                                  the community as we embark on this           to a few students. Using a revolutionary
for all. He believes that each child has
the capability to succeed to a high               amazing journey,” Raybould said.             style of cognition based education, they
level providing the right opportunities,                                                       are implementing a unique teaching and
environment, support and attitudes are in
place. It is the responsibility of any school,                                                                                               A GEM of a school
in partnership with parents, to ensure every
                                                                                                                                             GEMS Wellington School - Qatar is a school
avenue is explored to make this possible.
                                                                                                                                             that cares. They offer a safe, caring and
                                                                                                                                             happy environment as they believe this
 “As Principal, I am                                                                                                                         is fundamental to allowing their students
 absolutely privileged                                                                                                                       and staff to thrive. The GEMS Wellington
                                                                                                                                             brand is synonymous with high quality,
 to lead GEMS                                                                                                                                outstanding education and being part of
 Wellington School                                                                                                                           this group of schools allows them to share
 - Qatar through this                                                                                                                        best practice and continually evolve and
 exciting phase of                                                                                                                           stay ahead in a rapidly changing world.
 development and                                                                                                                             You only need to meet their students, the
 confirm its place as                                                                                                                        leaders of tomorrow, to see first-hand the
                                                                                                                                             benefits of a GEMS Wellington education.
 a leading 3-18 school     David Wilson                                                                                                      What an exciting time to be part of their
 in the region.”           Principal / CEO                                                                                                   community.
                                                                                                                                             The senior leadership team extends a very
As part of this vision for excellence and                                                                                                    warm invitation for you to visit them and
to provide increased capacity within                                                                                                         see for yourselves.
the leadership team, the school has                                                                                                          For more information about their
also appointed Ben Raybould in the                                                                                                           school or to book a tour, visit: www.
position of Vice Principal. A dynamic and                                                                                          

                                                             he 31st Doha International Book Fair will be held from January 13- 22,
                                                             2022, the Qatar Cultural and Heritage Events Center (QCHEC), the
                                                             organiser of the event, announced recently.
                                                        The United States of America (USA) will be the guest of honour of the
                                                        upcoming international event as part of the Qatar-USA Culture Year
                                                        2021, and according to a tradition that have been introduced since 2010
                                                        by selecting a country to be the guest of honour of the event, where
                                                        USA was the first guest of honour followed by Turkey, Iran, Japan, Brazil,
                                                        Germany, and France at the 30th round.
                                                        The organising committee said registration for participation in the fair will
                                                        continue until November 1, 2021, while November 18 will be the deadline
                                                        for paying the participation fees, and November 15 will be the deadline for
                                                        submitting the passports of the representatives of the participants.
                                                        Qatar Cultural and Heritage Events Center at the Ministry of Culture and
                                                        Sports has formed a number of executive committees for organising
                                                        the event including the technical and the culture committees, besides,
                                                        the management of institutional communications and the events
                                                        management committee.
                                                        The application for participation by the publishing houses, cultural
                                                        organisations, research institutes, societies, universities, the international
                                                        organisations and the ministries could be made through the website of
                                                        the book fair at Submitting an application indicates
                                                        that the applicant accepts the terms and conditions for participation
                                                        mentioned on the website.
                                                        However, the management of the fair has the right to accept or reject any
                                                        application without showing any reason and without any liabilities. All
                                                        participating entities should have a valid publishing or distribution licence
                                                        and its publications should not be less than 50 titles.
                                                        Around 50% of the books to be exhibited should be new ones with less
                                                        than five years since they were first published. Further, all the participants
                                                        should be committed to strictly follow the preventive precautionary
                                                        measures and protocols against the new coronavirus applicable in Qatar,
                                                        besides the other related regulations applicable to the fair in this regard.
                                                        The prices of the books should be posted in Qatari Riyals after deducting
                                                        the 25% decided on by the management. In addition, all the books and
                                                        titles on display at the fair should not conflict with the Islamic creed and
                                                        principles and the values and traditions of the Qatari society.
                                                        Participation would be limited to printed books and educational means
                                                        while the display of audiovisual items and toys would not be allowed at
                                                        this edition of the fair.

       School Events
     The Qatar school events offer a wide variety
     of programs and events in the field of theater,
     performing arts, and drawing.
     There will be a daily interactive educational
     show on the “Baraem” channel, while theater
     teams from schools and the “Children’s
     Theater” and the “Puppet Space” by the Center
     for Theater Affairs will participate in an event
     entitled “Our Children on the Stage”.
     The “Elias and the Duck” show, which
     combines acting and colouring, will also be
     performed. The school events also engage
     students in drawing and storytelling activities
     with educational and artistic meanings. As a
     complement to the sports activity, students
     will use modern technology to explore the
     importance of sports in children’s lives.

Qatar International School...delivering
British educational excellence
         atar International School is an English-              n   In the last 5 years, QIS students have achieved 7 ‘Best in       Schools in the world
         speaking, British International, private day              World’ IGSCE and A Level results– more than any other        n   QIS regularly produces some of the best PIRLS, PISA
         school and one of the most prestigious                    school in Qatar.
                                                                                                                                    and TIMMS results both in the country and in the world.
and accredited schools in Qatar. Located                       n   Over the same time period, QIS students have achieved            These benchmark tests show how well their students
in Dafna, Doha, QIS was founded in 1977 by the
                                                                   more than 35 ‘Best in Country’ results for IGCSE and A           are doing both nationally and compared to other
owner Sheikh Ali bin Ahmed bin Thani Al Thani and
                                                                   Level, including IGCSE Arabic, cementing their position          students around the globe and they have received
its first principal, Mrs Griffin, making it one of the first
                                                                   as one of the highest achieving British Internationals           many commendations from the Ministry to support this.
British schools in the country. Since its inception, 44
years ago, it has grown into one of the largest and
most successful schools in Qatar, with 2,000 students
enrolled and some world-leading achievements.

The school is led and managed entirely by British
professionals and it strives to maintain the highest
standards of the current English Education
System, whilst also supporting its Arabic culture
and international context. Children are taught in
Key Stages from Early Years through to KS5 and
examinations are taken in GCSE, IGCSE and A Levels
using UK examination boards. The vast majority of
students leaving QIS move on to Higher Education in
leading universities all over the world but mostly the
UK, USA, Canada, UAE and Qatar itself. The teaching
staff members are predominantly UK-trained and the
school takes pride in keeping up with international
trends in education and learning.

Extraordinary achievements
n   In 2020, QIS was
    inspected under the
    British Government’s only
    recognised school inspection
    scheme for international
    schools, the BSO. Not only
    was QIS judged to be an
    Outstanding School but they
    achieved ‘outstanding’ in
    every category. This made
    QIS the 3rd school in the
    world ever to achieve BSO
    “Gold Standard.”
n   In 2020, QIS was the very first school in the world
    to achieve the coveted Council of International
    School’s Accreditation (CIS) by their new fast-track
    process, reserved only for the very best schools.
    This was achieved with over 110 commendations in
    the report.

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                                                                                                                                                                   DURING THE PANDEMIC
5 ways to study
   effectively for
   exams during
   By Saba Naz
                                                               Take your family                                     Avoid
             e all know that this and the last year has
             been different, schools have faced multiple
                                                               onboard                                              distractions
             closures due to pandemic. School and
   Education system has been disrupted majorly,                There might be someone in your            Don`t spend much time on social
   affecting 1.6 billion learners of 190 countries or more.    family, with whom you feel comfortable    media or playing games as you would
   Notifications of school closures were imposed at            in share your pressure. You can ask for   only be wasting time and will be
   different times to curb the spread of Coronavirus.          their help. Your sister might be good     stressed later on. You can play as many
   This step was taken to ensure social distancing and to      at mathematics, or your brother in        games as you want but after your
   keep children protected. On and off closure of schools      English. Your mother can be a physics     exams.
   impacted the academic continuity, and learning of           wizard.
                                                                                                         Say No to family and friends for things
   students. Schools, educationists, and teachers shifted      Yes, they might be busy but you can jot   they want you to be engaged in at
   to the online education system to ensure that learning      down the concepts or areas where you      your study time. Tell them clearly that
   doesn’t stop. Though this new way of teaching and           need conceptual clarity. They would       this specific time is for your studies
   learning ensured the continuity of studies, it is much      definitely help you to understand few     only.
   different from the traditional, face-to-face way of         concepts.
   education, where you can physically experience the                                                    Put a, “Do Not Disturb” sign on your
   true essence of teaching and learning.                                                                room or study door.

   Studying at school gives students an entirely different
   exposure than online education. Students learn hands-
   on skills and get practical experience through student
   and community engagement programmes.
   You may be among those learners who are
   comfortable with online education and have prepared
   well for exams or you may not be. Nonetheless, in any
   case, it’s quite normal to feel worried for examinations,
   specifically which are being held during the pandemic
   where uncertainty abounds.
   If you will take up all the pressure on your head, how
   will you concentrate on the preparation for your
   exams? Follow the below given 5 effective ways to
   prepare well for exams without being exhausting due
   to stress.

                       Plan & develop a

           Establish an effective study routine
           by making a timetable. Allocate time
           to your all courses depending on how
           much time you need to spend on a
           specific course. For instance, subjects
           like Mathematics require more time for
           Proper scheduling will help you achieve
           your daily goals of preparation and
           you will also get time to relax, eat and
           exercise. Bear in mind that scheduling
           will be effective if you have set daily
           goals. The goals should not be easily
           achievable or hard to achieve.

Ask your peers
    for group studies

    Take help from your peers and fellow
    friends. Group studies are effective
    as they will help you learn the course
    material in a deeper, more concrete
    You can plan ahead what topic to
    study and then can gather over a video
    call to discuss the areas you are facing
    issues in. This activity will help you a
    lot in studying with a relaxed mind.
    You will feel better knowing that your
    friends are also on the same topic as
    Those who are not comfortable in
    studying alone, or need a face-to-face
    time for conceptual clarity. They can
    call their friends over and create a
    study place on the terrace/balcony
    ensuring social distancing.

5                  Stay focused
                   while studying

       There is no point in spending hours
       studying if you are not focused. Let me
       say it clearly, physically, you are in your
       study room with the book in your hand
       but mentally you are on a water ride at
       Sunway Lagoon Malaysia.

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                                                     DURING THE PANDEMIC
Generation Amazing,
   Maktaba donate bilingual
   books to QFI
        eneration Amazing and Maktaba have teamed
        up to donate books to Qatar Foundation
        International (QFI), a member of Qatar
   The books, which feature inspiring sports-related
   stories, will be distributed across QFI’s network of
   schools, which prioritise the teaching of Arabic. The
   donation was made to mark the Qatar-USA Year
   of Culture and follows the Qatar national team’s
   participation in the 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

   The bilingual books were developed for schoolchildren
   by Generation Amazing and Maktaba to encourage
   engagement in sport and promote positive values
   around social inclusion, healthy living and sustainability.
   The first batch of books were donated to the Arabic           QFI’s programmes director, Julia Sylla, said: “QFI is      during a special event organised by Generation
   Immersion Magnet School (AIMS) in Houston, Texas – a          grateful to Generation Amazing for the donation of         Amazing in Houston during the CONCACAF Gold
   long-standing partner of QFI – during the CONCACAF            these high-quality bilingual Arabic-English books. We      Cup. Each student received an Arabic-English football
   Gold Cup.                                                     are excited to share them with Arabic educators and        vocabulary poster created by Generation Amazing and
                                                                 students in the US. We need more resources like these      QFI.
                                                                 to help further the mission of schools like AIMS, who
                                                                                                                            The books donated were written by Qatar-based authors Maryam Ahmed
                                                                 work to prepare the next generation of global leaders
                                                                                                                            Alsubaiey, Shaima al-Kuwari, Fatima Bakro, Mary Francis, Basma
                                                                 with bilingual backgrounds.”
                                                                                                                            Khatib and Johanna Handley.
                                                                 A number of AIMS students received their books

                                                                    AMAN continues ‘Drop
                                                                    Off Your Kids’ campaign
                                                                    The Protection and Social Rehabilitation Centre         victims of violence and family breakdown, and
   Nasser al-Khori, Generation Amazing programmes                   (AMAN), one of the centres that operates under          those who are exposed to it, as awareness is one
   director, said: “This initiative means the legacy of the         the umbrella of Qatar Foundation for Social             of the most important methods of protection and
   FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 will live on through future            Work, continues to implement its awareness              prevention to reduce violence.
   generations, and we are proud to be able to make                 campaign “Drop Off Your Kids” coinciding with           Through the “Drop Off Your Kids” campaign, a set
   a meaningful impact in the US on the occasion of                 the beginning of the new school year, by using          of awareness messages will be published with the
   the Qatar-USA Year of Culture. Our bilingual books,              social media platforms to deliver messages and          aim to strengthen the relationship between children
   produced in collaboration with Maktaba, are written              expressive images, in co-operation with a number        and their parents, thus reducing any negative
   by six talented authors, both nationals and current or           of influencers and activists in this field.             effects that may occur on children’s behaviour in
   former residents of Qatar. We believe they will help             The campaign aims at encouraging parents to take        the future, she added.
   children get active and learn about all the wonderful            their children to school, to reduce dependency          For her part, the director of the Communication
   lessons we can gain through sport.”                              on servants taking children to school, to use the       and Media Office at Aman, Hanan al-Ali, stressed
                                                                    delivery time in dialogue with children, to enhance     the need to continue implementing this awareness
   Sarah Champa, founder of Maktaba, said:
                                                                    the positive impact on the child’s psyche as a          campaign on an annual basis, given the great
   “Collaborating with Generation Amazing on this series            feeling of security and pride, and to urge officials
   of children’s books that use football as an inspiration                                                                  and surprising echoes and interactions it has
                                                                    to facilitate their employees taking the time to drop   received from various segments of the public
   to teach powerful lessons about healthy living,                  off their children at school.
   developing more sustainable behaviours and social                                                                        during the past years, and stemming from the
                                                                    Head of the Technical Production Department             centre’s keenness on enhancing family cohesion by
   inclusion, has been inspirational. We are so thrilled to
                                                                    at Aman, Maha al-Mannai, stressed the centre’s          urging parents to maintain close and continuous
   see these books getting into the hands of emerging
                                                                    keenness on producing awareness campaigns               communication with their children to make them
   Arabic speakers in Houston through Qatar Foundation              to protect target groups of women and children,         feel safe.
   International’s programme to support Arabic language
   learning in the United States.”

Doha English Speaking School
                                A new page in our history
       his academic                                                                                                                                 Year 8 in September 2022, to
       year marks a                                                                                                                                 become the only non-for-profit
       historic new                                                                                                                                 Preparatory School in Qatar. As
chapter for Doha                                                                                                                                    a member of the Independent
English Speaking                                                                                                                                    Association of Preparatory
School (DESS) as                                                                                                                                    Schools (IAPS); a UK kitemark
they opened doors                                                                                                                                   of excellence in education,
to Year 7 students.                                                                                                                                 DESS focuses on providing the
These lucky students                                                                                                                                best possible pastoral support
pave the way as                                                                                                                                     and academic education for
the first to use their                                                                                                                              children aged 3-13.
                              Sean Sibley, Principal
new building and
state- of-the-art facilities: a new Science
Laboratory, Art Room and Music Studios,
as well as music technology equipment
and a Common Room with canteen
facilities. The school’s trained Secondary
teachers provide rigour and challenge in
the curriculum, ensuring that students are
thoroughly prepared
for their next steps                                   benefit from her experience of (I)GCSEs, A     Head Boy, Head Girl, Prefects, and House
after DESS.                                            levels and the International Baccalaureate.    Captains — roles that are usually reserved
                                                                                                      for students in the Year 11, 12 or 13.
The school has                                         Speaking about the new role, Heather said:
appointed Heather                                      “I am delighted to be part of this historic    DESS was established in 1979 and formally
Rinaldi as Assistant                                   moment in DESS as Year 7 opens for the         opened by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
Headteacher and                                        first time. We are very proud of the strong    and His Highness the Father Amir Sheikh
Key Stage Leader                                       community feel that continues to permeate      Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani. The school
for Years 6-8. Her                                     through every aspect of Year 7 life at DESS    remains proud to be one of the longest
background as                                          ensuring that learning and pastoral care are   established and leading British curriculum
Deputy Head at a                                       personalised to each child.”                   schools in Qatar.
leading international             Heather Rinaldi                                                     Following the opening of Year 7 this
                               Assistant Headteacher   Unlike other schools, DESS provides many
school in Singapore             Key Stage Leader for   leadership opportunities for students in the   academic year, the school will continue the
ensures that they                    Years 6-8         Year 7 and 8, in which they can become         expansion of their senior school by opening

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                                                                                                                                                       DURING THE PANDEMIC
Nurturing pupils to achieve
                                                                                                                         core of the US curriculum standards, while their
                                                                                                                         themes are child-friendly, modern, and appealing to
                                                                                                                         children of all ages. It enables young children to remain
                                                                                                                         motivated through the learning of science, geography,
                                                                                                                         history, math, and so on. It also allows them to make
                                                                                                                         purposeful links and connections throughout their
                                                                                                                         learning and to see how their subject learning is related
                                                                                                                         to the world they live in.
                                                                                                                         As a school, the Hamilton’s aim is that the curriculum:
                                                                                                                         n   embodies rigour and high standards and creates
                                                                                                                             coherence in what is taught in school;
                                                                                                                         n   ensures that all children are taught the essential
                                                                                                                             knowledge in the key subject disciplines;
                                                                                                                         n   goes beyond that core, to allow teachers greater
                                                                                                                             freedom to use their professionalism and expertise
                                                                                                                             to help all children realize their potential; and
                                                                                                                         n   prepares children for their next step into education
                                                                                                                             or work.
                                                                                                                         As part of the regular curriculum offering at The
                                                                                                                         Hamilton International School, students can take
                                                                                                                         lessons in performing arts, music, languages, PE and
                                                                                                                         swimming. In addition to english language, arts, math
                                                                                                                         and humanities lessons, students have four science
                                                                                                                         lessons a week. Arabic lessons will also be offered to
                                                                                                                         Arab nationals five days a week with support classes
                                                                                                                         available to those who need them.

  L                                                              “When joining The Hamilton
         ocated on a vast and magnificent campus in                                                                      As the secondary school further develops, students
         Mesaimeer, Doha, the Hamilton International                                                                     will be able to obtain a NEASC accredited High School
         School is an exciting school with state-of-the-art
   facilities. Initially open to children from Pre-KG to Grade
                                                                 International School, we are able to                    Diploma or an IB Diploma, ensuring they are well

                                                                 provide families with the option to
                                                                                                                         placed to be accepted into their universities of choice.
   9, the school is expected to eventually serve students
   from Pre-KG through Grade 12.
   Each child is provided with endless opportunities to
                                                                 send children for face-to-face learning
   develop as learners and achieve their potential, in           on site, five days a week” –
   preparation for their next stage of education or work.
                                                                 Terry Senior, Principal of Hamilton.
   The carefully planned academic curriculum, combined
   with strong pastoral and social provision, teaches the        A right choice for your child
   skills and knowledge young adults need to contribute
                                                                 We all know that children learn best when they
   to society and take their role as leaders of the future.
                                                                 are motivated to learn. This is why the Hamilton’s
   The school’s specialist resources, cutting-edge facilities,   international curriculum is a comprehensive, thematic
   and outstanding environments encourage learning               curriculum which is creative, develops international
   and offer pupils the opportunity to experience a broad        mindedness and encourages personal learning. The
   range of learning experiences.                                Mathematics and English basics are guided by the

                                                                                                                         New leader for secondary school
                                                                                                                         The Hamilton International School has announced the
                                                                                                                         appointment of Rebecca Gough as head of Secondary
                                                                                                                         for the academic year beginning September 2021.
                                                                                                                         With over 18 years of experience from the UK and
                                                                                                                         Qatar, in senior and middle leadership positions,
                                                                                                                         Rebecca brings with her a wealth of curricular and
                                                                                                                         pastoral experiences in establishing and developing
                                                                                                                         schools further. Rebecca has a BSc degree in Sports
                                                                                                                         Science, Physical Education and Mathematics with

Joint Honors, and received a Postgraduate Diploma in
Education from Loughborough University.
Commenting on Rebecca’s appointment, Terry Senior,
principal at The Hamilton International School, said:
“We are delighted to have Rebecca as part of our team.
Combining solid expertise in the field of education,
the knowledge of child psychology, forward-thinking
and excellent managerial skills, Rebecca is a perfect
fit both for her position as a Head of Secondary and
for the creative and friendly spirit of The Hamilton
International School.”
In her new role, Rebecca will expand the secondary
curriculum at the school by enhancing the curriculum
offering, and she will focus on obtaining accreditations
from global education organisations like NEASC, which
will enable students to successfully obtain acceptances
into the universities of their choice.

Languages are an integral part of the curriculum at The
Hamilton International School.

                                                                                                                                        “At our school, we believe that
                                                                                                                                        learning different languages can
                                                                                                                                        unlock potential and open doors
                                                                                                                                        for our learners. Languages are not
                                                                                                                                        only a skill, they develop a child’s
                                                                                                                                        learning ability, broaden social
                                                                                                                                        opportunities and create future
                                                                                                                                        career opportunities. Languages in
                                                                                                                                        our modern, globalized world are
                                                                                                                                        vital and knowledge of languages can
                                                                                                                                        help a student to make a difference
                                                                                                                                        in their lives and the lives of others,”
                                                                                                                                        Terry said.
                                                                                                                                        While the language of instruction is
                                                                                                                                        English, the school provides Arabic
                                                                                                                                        language learning in line with the
                                                                                                                                        MOEHE guidelines for Arab Nationals.
                                                                                                                                        Currently, non-native Arabic, French,
                                                                                                                                        and Spanish classes are available.
                                                                                                                                        The school is incredibly proud to offer
                                                                                                                                        four of the UN World Languages to
                                                                                                                                        its students. As the school grows,
                                                                                                                                        there are plans to add additional
                                                                                                                                        language options for the students.

   Connect students globally
   As an International Schools Partnership (ISP) school, The Hamilton International
   School ensures learning is at the heart of everything we do. As part of every
   student’s educational journey, they believe that it’s important that they can
   learn outside of the classroom and connect with students from around the
   world. Being a part of a global group of schools, they strive to provide their
   students with opportunities to participate in and learn from an international
   community, which provides a wealth of additional educational and cultural
   Students at ISP schools can participate in up to 11 specifically designed
   competitions or International Learning Opportunities (ILOs), nine of which are
   being offered virtually. These ILOs give all ISP students the opportunity to:
   n   Experience different cultures

   n   Cultivate long-term friendships with students from other countries

   n   Offer students the chance to get together and interact digitally
   n   Enable each school to become the leading school of choice in their local area
                                                                                       The programs offer a diverse mix of subject areas that will appeal to all
   n   Increase awareness and a sense of wider community amongst ISP schools           students, irrespective of their passions or interests. A mix of online and
                                                                                       in-person learning methods will be used to deliver these courses: online, in
   n   Develop skills like language and communication, independence, responsibility,   school, and some will also include overseas experiences, once it is safe to travel
       confidence, leadership, critical thinking, organization and teamwork            internationally again.

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                                                                                                                                                       DURING THE PANDEMIC

Gulf Times appreciates
the contribution
made by the United
Nations Educational,
Scientific and Cultural
Organization (UNESCO)
to this special
supplement on

                                                                                                                                           María Castro Lux. Image: UNESCO

            ducation has the power to transform people’s            from her family and of her husband, which she believes        in project activities and obtain new knowledge, of
            lives no matter where they live. Since 1945,            is a key element to continue with her studies.                daring to talk about their needs and dreams while
            UNESCO has worked to ensure that all children,          Maria’s road has not been easy. In addition to taking         creating support networks. Today, women are
       youth and adults enjoy their right to education and          care of her children and her family, and continuing her       empowered: they recognize and fight for their right to
       reach their full potential.                                  junior high school studies, Maria is committed to her         education.
       Access to quality education has the power to transform       community, supporting one of the women’s groups as            Through the implementation of the new workshops
       lives and gives a voice to marginalized communities          a female leader in one of the UNESCO-Malala-Mineduc           on Science-Based Sustainable Development: Routes
       worldwide.                                                   Centers. This responsibility has led her to recognize the     towards the future, María believes in the possibility
                                                                    importance and power of education in transforming             of having ventures, of knowing about seed sowing
       For María Castro Lux, a young mother of three children,      people’s lives.                                               models, and how she and the women of her
       being part of one of the UNESCO-Malala-Mineduc
                                                                    When María talks about fighting for her life, she refers      community can make the most out of the training
       Centers has meant learning to value her self-esteem,
                                                                    to the sacrifices that she makes towards the wellbeing        programs offered in the Centers. This, because she
       undertake new initiatives and, become a fighter.
                                                                    of her children, her family, the women that she is            has also participated in different programs offered
       Education has positive effects on the lives of women         leading, and of her community. The gaps in education          by UNESCO-Malala-Mineduc Centers, on health and
       such as María, who despite getting married at an early       remain a major challenge in rural areas of Guatemala.         wellbeing, and economic autonomy programs that
       age and, having to interrupt her studies of elementary       Therefore, the support and accompaniment of ally              provide integral learning to their participants, who at
       school, is currently studying her last year of junior high   institutions, such as the Guatemalan Institute of             the same time become multipliers of knowledge.
       school. María, a proud mother of two girls and a small       Radiophonic Education -IGER by its Spanish acronym-           The strengthening of Education for Sustainable
       boy, is one of the female leaders of the UNESCO-Malala       which awarded María with a scholarship to continue            Development is of utmost importance for UNESCO.
       Center located in Santa María Chiquimula.                    with her studies, is fundamental to promote indigenous        Long-life-learning education opportunities are
       María believes that starting a family in early adulthood     women right to education.                                     becoming a reality for many women. For those aiming
       is not an obstacle to continue working towards a             The panorama in Santa María Chiquimula and San                for a better future and well-being of their families and
       better future. “I help my girls with their homework, I       Andres Xecul is different from how it was three years         the development of their communities. More than 900
       am watching my baby grow up because he is already            ago when the project supported by the UNESCO                  indigenous girls, and young indigenous women, have
       walking and talking, he recognizes the sounds of             Malala Fund for Girls Right to Education began. The           participated during the past three years in UNESCO-
       animals, because I am following up his development,”         participants of the project, just like María Castro, feared   Malala-Mineduc Centers are becoming seeds of hope in
       María says. She also recognizes the support received         to participate and raise their voices, of getting involved    a land full of illusions.

Cultivating self-belief
   in children
   By Jalpa Zubin
                                                              Decades of research in child and                              Use this psychological phenomenon to your

                                                                                                                            children’s advantage and resolve to think well about
        sychologists refer to the concept of self-belief
        as self-efficacy and define it as a belief in one’s   adolescent development show                                   them and focus on their strengths instead of their
                                                                                                                            weaker areas. You will see a rise in their confidence
        capability to accomplish goals that influence
   the events in one’s life. In other words, when children    that small everyday actions by                                level and they will blossom with healthy, positive, and
                                                                                                                            happy personality.
   believe in themselves, they learn to chart their own
   meaningful lives, not a life someone else envisioned for   parents, teachers, and caregivers                             In essence, this phenomenon is in which children
                                                                                                                            improve or diminish their level of performance as per
   Albert Bandura, a renowned psychologist and                help promote self-efficacy                                    the level of expectation of their parents, teachers or
                                                                                                                            other caregivers have for them.
   researcher in this area, defines self-efficacy as a
   determining factor in how we feel, think, behave, and      their ability. But after the experiment, they had in fact   2. Power distance
   motivate ourselves in the world. According to him          turned into academic superstars.                              People are not vulnerable to anyone or everyone but
   when children learn to believe in themselves, they take    So what caused these ordinary students to become              in relationships that involve power distance (like ones
   positive actions on their own behalf and approach life     extraordinary? Although the teachers had said                 with parents, teachers or caregivers), they become
   as a challenge to be mastered.                             nothing directly to these children and had spent equal        compliant with those who hold social or emotional
   Decades of research in child and adolescent                amounts of time with everyone, two crucial things             power over them.
   development show that small everyday actions by            had happened. First, the belief the teachers had in           It has been scientifically proven that in any such
   parents, teachers, and caregivers help promote self-       the students’ potential had been unwittingly and              relationship (parent-child, teacher-student, and the
   efficacy.                                                  non-verbally communicated. Second, these nonverbal            like), the less powerful person will rise or fall to the
                                                                                                                            level of expectation of the more powerful.

   In early 1960s, an interesting experiment was              messages were then processed by the students and
   conducted to study the concepts of expectations            transformed into reality.
   and performance. A team of researchers led by
                                                              This phenomenon is called the Pygmalion Effect:
   Robert Rosenthal went into an elementary school and
                                                              when our belief in another person’s potential
   administered intelligence tests to the students.
                                                              brings that potential to life.
   The researchers then told the teachers in each of
   the classrooms that there are a few students say for       Now let’s understand both of these factors in
   example: Jasmine, Jamal, and Joey, which the data had      context of parenting.
   identified as academic superstars, the ones with the
   greatest potential for growth.                             1. Your subconscious beliefs
   They asked the teachers not to mention the results of        If you believe (genuinely) that your
   the study to the students, and not to spend any more         child has higher potential, research
   or less time with them. And, in fact, the teachers were      shows that your child will have a
   warned they would be observed to make sure they did          much higher chance of actually
   not.                                                         turning into such a child as
                                                                opposed to another who is
   At the end of the year, the students were tested again,      constantly ridiculed, scolded,
   and indeed as one would predict, Jasmine, Jamal and          derided or questioned.
   Joey posted off-the-chart intellectual ability. However,     Such negative thinking
   there is a twist in the story.                               or treatment would
   When Jasmine, Jamal and Joey had been tested at              substantially increase the
   the beginning of the experiment, they were found to          chances of turning a child
   be absolutely ordinary. The researchers had randomly         into an underachiever or
   picked their names and then lied to the teachers about       less successful.

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