The Ministry of Education and Higher Education, represented by the Academic Guidance Section of the Department of Educational Guidance in the Education Affairs Sector, launched an initiative to encourage middle school students (8th and 9th grades) to enroll in scientific and technological disciplines, through the development of a professional academic guidance system that involves preparing various programs aimed at motivating and preparing students to join the targeted scientific disciplines. The pilot phase of the initiative is implemented on 6,000 male and female students in ten schools (five boys and five girls), under the supervision of the academic and vocational guidance section.
The initiative is carried out under the supervision of Assistant Undersecretary for Education Affairs Fawzia Al Khater, in cooperation and coordination with a group of partners, including universities and educational and professional institutions.
It was announced during an extended meeting recently held by the Ministry with the initiative's partners. Moza Al Mudahka, director of the Educational Guidance Department in the Educational Affairs Sector, who is responsible for the initiative, welcomed the partners, indicating its centrality in educating students about the importance of scientific and technological disciplines for meeting the needs of the labor market, thus achieving the goals and objectives of Qatar National Vision (QNV) 2030.
The initiative aims to develop a professional academic guidance system for the preparatory stage, to help the students discover their abilities, academic capabilities, preparations, and professional tendencies, plan their educational path and professional future to achieve academic, personal, and social compatibility, and raise awareness of scientific disciplines and technological professions, which increases employment and localization rates in the work sectors as a result of activating principles of professional guidance and raising the efficiency of outputs.
For the success of the initiative, the academic and vocational guidance section will develop a policy for academic and vocational guidance in the preparatory stage to increase the number of students enrolled in the STEM disciplines.
A coordinator responsible for each school has been assigned to act as an academic advisor and a link between the section, partners, and the school to fully coordinate the performance of this initiative and ensure its success.
The list of initiative partners included Qatar University, INJAZ Qatar Foundation, University Foundation College, Oryx University - Liverpool John Moores Qatar, Weill Cornell University, University of Calgary, Texas A&M University, University of Aberdeen, Hamad Medical Corporation, College of the North Atlantic, Qatar Career Development Center, QAFCO and the British Council.
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