EDUCATION, EDUCATION, EDUCATION IN QATAR.
On our travels we come across some incredible innovation in the field of education and innovation. Qatar is no exception under the leadership of HE Mohammed Abdul Wahed Ali Al Hammadi.
In line with Qatar National Vision 2030, the Supreme Education Council (SEC) has adopted a strategy to guarantee a comprehensive revitalisation of the education sector.
Focusing on 6 key areas: Student outcomes, organisational development, technical skills and development of teachers, communications and IT.
This is in addition to the commitment and investment to the special needs sector.
Currently in Qatar the community is serviced by :
Qatar passed a law that obligates all government agencies to allocate 2% of the jobs for persons with disabilities. A working group and a committee composed of the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labor and Social Affairs and the Ministry of Public Health were set up to identify jobs that persons with disabilities can do for their safety, and the role they can play in work.
The Ministry of Public Health has been keen on including the rights of persons with disabilities in all aspects of the national health strategy. Qatar Rehabilitation Institute is one of the outputs of this strategy. It is the largest center in the Arab region for persons with disabilities that provides various services, including community and career rehabilitation programs and research.
Meanwhile, mental health was given a priority as one of three priorities in health services, based on the results of studies conducted by the State within the National Strategic Plan for Mental Health “2013- 2018”.
In the field of sports, Qatar Sports Federation for Special Needs plays an important role in
launching the capabilities of persons with disabilities in the field of sports. This role was reflected in the outstanding results achieved by the youth of the Federation in international sports forums, including the first place in the GCC countries, and the fourth in the Arab world at the World Athletics Championships in London last July. They also won a number of medals at the 2016 Paralympics Games in Rio de Janeiro, and in the Special Olympics World Winter Games in 2017.
Persons with disabilities will also have a role in the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. The Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy has taken important steps to involve the disabled in the “Volunteer Program” to organise the 2022 World Cup activities. Those efforts resulted in the launch of the first “Accessibility Forum” in November 2016.
The Shafallah Center is one of the largest specialized centers for children with physical and mental disabilities. It provides educational, rehabilitation, social, health, recreational and vocational services for students with disabilities. The Center also offers a range of school programs on a modified curriculum for students aged 3-21 years. The curriculum is designed and integrated with a functional approach suited to the needs of students with simple, moderate and severe mental disabilities, and those who have autism spectrum disorders and cerebral palsy accompanied by mental disability.
The Qatar Social and Cultural Center for the Blind (QSCCB) is considered the first center of its kind in the country to provide blind and visually impaired members of male and female with various social and cultural activities, in order to integrate them into society without restrictions that may impede their harmonious integration and active participation in the society.
Talking to QNA, Faisal Al Kooheji, Chairman of QSCCB said: “Center seeks to develop people with visual disabilities in five main areas: the cultural, social, sports and technical aspects as well as special activities for girls. The cultural aspect includes various aspects of life and seeks to integrate people with disabilities to other members of society, in addition to making maximum use of their potential and exchanging experiences between them.”
Qatar Autism Center which supports pre-school students through early detection of various disabilities and the implementation of the latest rehabilitation programs for early intervention commensurate with the abilities of each child.