QF hosts world’s first progressive education summit

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E Sheikha Hind bint Hamad Al Thani (second right), Vice-Chairperson and CEO of Qatar Foundation, with other officials during the LEAPS Summit in Doha.

Doha: The founders and leaders of international schools and institutions that take a new, disruptive approach to learning have gathered in Qatar for the world’s first progressive schools summit, attended by H E Sheikha Hind bint Hamad Al Thani, Vice-Chairperson and CEO of Qatar Foundation.

The LEAPS Summit— organised by Qatar Foundation’s Pre-University Education (PUE) — brought together the world of progressive education to explore how traditional methods of teaching and learning can be disrupted in order to support children’s creativity, curiosity, self-development, and future path.

The summit — which will take place biennially — also saw the launch of Qatar Spotlight, developed through a partnership between PUE and HundrED, a not-for-profit organisation that identifies and shares innovations in K-12 education. Through this initiative, members of Qatar’s educational sector will submit their innovative education ideas, with Qatar Spotlight sharing the 10 most impactful and scalable submissions with a wider global network of educators.

Sheikha Noof Ahmed Al Thani, Executive Director of Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships at Qatar Foundation’s Pre-University Education, said, “I am very pleased that Qatar Foundation has launched a first-of-its-kind global summit to bring together progressive educational institutions from around the world. 

“In this first year, we have received an excellent response from progressive schools abroad and from educational institutions in Qatar showing great willingness to work together to advance educational policy and practice. We look forward to increasing this global collaboration for schools in Qatar in the coming years.”

Speaking about the launch of Qatar Spotlight, Saku Touminen, CEO of HundrED, said, “We have chosen to collaborate with Qatar Foundation because we share the same values and goals in promoting and supporting educational innovations. 

 

“We want to identify the best educational innovations in Qatar and spread them around the world as successful innovations, to highlight what is happening here in Doha, and how it can be a learning centre with a unique environment. There are beautiful things happening on the other side of the world that we seek to discover and spread. “It’s not about us. It’s not about schools. It’s about the children. It’s about the next generation. Our goal is to help each and every child flourish in life, no matter what happens.”

During the summit, representatives of international progressive schools and education institutions discussed different methodologies, governance systems, practices, and rationales for providing education that differs from traditional schooling, and exchanged their experiences of how progressive education improves student and school performance. The talks are aimed at paving the way for expertise and resources to be shared between schools in Qatar and progressive education institutions around the world.

“At QF’s Pre-University Education, we have launched Academyati, the first progressive school under our umbrella,” said Maryam Alhajri, Director of Academyati. “We want to reach out to other progressive schools around the world and that’s why we are excited to have launched the LEAPS Summit. We want to invite schools to come together, talk to each other, and empower each other to explore new ideas in education.”

Source: www.thepeninsulaqatar.com

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