The "Second Ihsan School " was opened on Sunday. The schools was established in partnership between the Education Above All Foundation (EAA), and the Ministry of Education and Higher Education to provide appropriate opportunities for children and youth of both sexes, from the Arab communities residing in Qatar, who were deprived of education for various reasons.
Second Ihsan School, an extension of the "First Ihsan School" for non-Arabic speakers, is a non-profit school that depends on the full support of "Qatar Charity (QC) and Afif Charity.
H.E. Minister of Education and Higher Education Dr Mohammed bin Abdul Wahed Al Hammadi expressed his pleasure at the opening of the school, which reflects Qatari institutes' keenness to fulfill their social responsibilities to provide free education opportunities, noting that "Ihsan II" is one of a series of schools, one of which was opened last year for Asian communities.
H.E. the Minister clarified that EAA plays a great role in communicating its educational mission all over the world, especially for those residing in the State of Qatar, whose countries suffer from different conditions, so that no child in Qatar is outside the education system.
He pointed out that the Ministry has provided the building and many services such as maintenance, security and academic supervision for this school, noting that the school board of trustees is concerned with appointing the teaching staff, school administration and other operational matters.
For his part, CEO of Qatar Charity Yousef bin Ahmed Al Kuwari said that quality education is one of the most important pillars of development of societies and nations, and the fourth goal of the 2030 sustainable development goals agreed upon by the countries of the world.
He pointed out that education is one of the most important fields in which Qatar Charity operates as an international humanitarian and development organization, whether by building educational facilities and training centers, or providing sponsors for students and teachers, explaining that Qatar's total spending on education and culture during the period from 2014 to 2018 is reached about QR 766 million, which benefited nearly two and a half million people in 50 countries around the world.
CEO of QC also said that in seeking to contribute to the achievement of the Qatar 2030 vision, "We have done everything we can to support the Ihsan Schools initiative in cooperation and partnership with the Ministry of Education and Higher Education and the Education Above All Foundation.
He added that education is the most important key to the development and advancement of nations, thus QC focuses on this field in order to serve this noble purpose inside and outside the State of Qatar.
EAA programs director Mariam Al Mannai said the foundations has launched a program designed for children to ensure that they have equal access to quality education. The program was updated on January 1, 2017 as a program that seeks to reach children who have not previously been enrolled in a school and contributes to mitigating factors that hinder access to educational opportunities that meet their basic aspirations.
Al Mannai appreciated the role of the Ministry of Education and all those who support their efforts and contributions in making these programs a reality, confirming their commitment to work on the right to education for all children in the State of Qatar and enabling them to provide a comprehensive and quality education to contribute to the renaissance of their societies.
Management Coordinator at Afif Charity Foundation Bilal Rashed Al Ukidi said that the largest and most noble good for humanity is education, so the Afif Foundation is one of the parties involved in establishing and operating this scientific edifice, which is in conformity with its approach based on supporting and financing education, health and economic empowerment projects that the Foundation considers to be essential areas for building a person and ensuring his life and prosperity.
He expressed his happiness at this school, which offers free education to the incapable residents of Qatar, which is considered a contribution by the state in building young people and contributing to the advancement of their country and the benefit of their societies.
For his part , Ihsan School supervisor, Dr. Yahya Al Agha said that Ihsan Schools were established for needy children whose country is going through difficult circumstances in cooperation between the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, The Education Above All Foundation, Qatar Charity and Afif Foundation .
He said that the school currently has 482 students, including 353 students in the first period, while the second period, which begins at 2 pm, has 129 students from the fifth grade to the high school.
He explained that the school adopts the Qatari curriculum and is completely free of charge ever for school uniforms, pointing out that it receives all Arabic speaking nationalities according to specific controls, while non-Arabic speakers have the first Ihsan school.
The area of Second Ihsan School is about 6000 square meters and can accommodate 12 classes and employ about 48 teachers and administrators, 23 teachers and 10 administrators in the first period, and 14 teachers and one administrator in the second period.
Al Agha praised the idea of establishing Ihsan schools and its role in providing distinguished education for children who were out of school for various reasons, most notably the wars in their countries to continue their scientific path in the State of Qatar after it was interrupted in their countries, valuing the role of supporters and implementers of this pioneering idea.
H.E. affirmed his commitment to be one of the most distinguished schools administratively and academically, and will have high-level outputs to achieve the ultimate goal of building a generation armed with science that contributes to the advancement of its society.
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