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Posted On: 23 March 2015 05:02 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:15 pm

Teacher training promotes inclusion through sport in schools across Qatar

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The British Council in Qatar, in collaboration with Youth Sport Trust and the Supreme Education Council (SEC), recently hosted a two-day workshop for physical education (PE) teachers in Qatar. The aim of the workshop was to introduce teachers to a range of techniques for including children with a disability in mainstream PE classes, based on UK experience.

The workshop was run by Viv Holt, a top teacher trainer at Youth Sport Trust and was held at Hetteen Model School in Al-Aziziya from 3-4 March 2015. Thirty five teachers from twenty five different schools across Qatar attended the workshop, including a supervising team from the SEC. Activities included hands-on coaching sessions with disabled children, during which teachers were able to try out new techniques and put theory into practice.

The workshop is one example of the work that the British Council has been doing in the area of disability and inclusion, and demonstrates its commitment to supporting the SEC in the implementation of its physical education curriculum, which includes guidelines for supporting students with disabilities.

Martin Hope, Director, British Council in Qatar said: “The British Council is committed to working with Qatari partners and supporting Qatar National Vision 2030 by sharing UK expertise. We are very grateful for the interest the Supreme Education Council has shown in this training programme for PE teachers, which has proved successful around the world, and has given more children the opportunity to take part in physical education.

Viv Holt, International Strategic Manager, Youth Sport Trust said: “We are delighted to be partnering with the British Council again and supporting inclusive sport education and community sport in Qatar. Using the power of PE and sport in an international context, the Youth Sport Trust strives to increase the opportunities that all young people have to learn through PE and sport and to realise their potential in a global society.”

Faisal Abdulaziz Al Baddah, Physical Education Curriculum Specialist, Supreme Education Council said: “We are very grateful to the British Council for hosting this introductory and private workshop for physical education teachers, classroom assistants and early learning coordinators. We value this workshop, which aims to develop the practical skills of teachers in Qatar to improve the inclusion of students with disabilities, engaging children of all abilities in a physical education classes and therefore in the wider society.”

The British Council and the Youth Sport Trust have been working together around the world to deliver inclusive sports programmes through the “International Inspiration the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games international legacy programme. The programme has enriched the lives of 12 million children through the power of high quality physical education, sport and play in 20 countries worldwide, including India, Brazil, South Africa, Nigeria, Turkey, Indonesia, Malaysia, Jordan and Egypt.

Additional projects between the British Council and the Youth Sport Trust include professional development for teachers and community leaders, curriculum design and the development of resources to support the curriculum, school partnerships and youth sport leadership.

The British Council is keen to support the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar legacy programme through sharing UK expertise in inclusive sport education and community sport, encouraging people to develop a healthy lifestyle.