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|13 February, 2019

Qatar foundation launches Academyati - A new progressive school for Qatar

Innovative school, now open for admissions, offers a unique model of personalized education

Maryam Alhajri, Director, Academyati, and Mrs. Buthaina Ali Al Nuaimi, President of Pre-University Education, Qatar Foundation, at todayrsquo;s launch event.

Maryam Alhajri, Director, Academyati, and Mrs. Buthaina Ali Al Nuaimi, President of Pre-University Education, Qatar Foundation, at today’s launch event.

Doha, Qatar: Qatar Foundation (QF) has announced the launch of Academyati – a progressive school under the umbrella of its Pre-University Education (PUE) – with admissions now open for the 2019-20 academic year.

The school – which will be based at QF’s Education City, and was unveiled at a press conference today – is the first of its kind in Qatar, and offers a globally unique learning model that takes the concept of personalized education into a new dimension. It will open in August 2019 for children aged 3-6 years.

Placing an equal emphasis on both personal and academic development, Academyati will provide tailored, creative, and nurturing learning experiences designed to ensure children studying at the school achieve their full potential. Its establishment reflects QF’s constant commitment to advancing innovation in education, and providing meaningful learning experiences that shape and equip the leaders of the future.

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Mrs. Buthaina Ali Al Nuaimi, President, PUE, said: “Designed to add to the legacy of quality education that has already been created by its diverse and specialized schools, QF’s new, progressive K-12 school, Academyati, will bring a whole new educational experience to Qatar.

“A bilingual school offering individualized education, with an emphasis on experiential learning within an innovative educational ecosystem that will work in close partnership with parents and families, Academyati will graduate students who are aware, confident, empowered, and can bring positive change to their world.”

A key element of Academyati’s program is personalized education, with its holistic learning model reflecting the fact that every child is unique and has specific needs, interests, and strengths. Each child at Academyati will have a fully-developed personal plan, tailored to nurture their personal growth and creative process within a positive and supportive environment.

Academyati will offer a dual-language learning program, with both English and Arabic being used equally as a medium for learning. Children will be grouped in multi-age groups – rather than in a structure defined by grade levels or determined by children’s year of birth – enabling each child to learn at their own pace and from older or younger children, in a fluid, engaging, non-classroom setting.

The Academyati program, instead of taking a subject-based approach, will provide children with experiences and quests – open-ended, problem-solving activities focused on real-world problems – that inspire them to explore, innovate, and find solutions to problems, and that have real-world relevance and enduring value to their lives. The school will look to proactively partner with families who trust their child’s natural interests and learning process, commit to being involved in their child’s learning journey, and are open to their children exploring new experiences and opportunities for growth.

Maryam Alhajri, Director, Academyati, said: “We’re excited to be opening a first-of-its-kind, progressive school in Qatar, under the QF umbrella, and we believe our philosophy and teaching and learning elements are going to change the future of education.

“Academyati stands for ‘Innovation in Learning’. We believe in trusting today’s children. By exposing our children to experiences and quests as a way of learning, we aim to fuel children’s independence, empathy, curiosity, and creativity through their journey in Academyati. We have faith that their inner gifts will shape amazing outcomes.”

Academyati will initially welcome 48 boys and girls aged 3-6 years. The school is designed to incrementally expand to the point where it ultimately accommodates children and young people aged 3-18.

Applications to Academyati are now open until May 1, 2019. To apply, please visit ail.openapply.com; and for more information about QF’s new progressive school, please visit: www.academyati.qa or email ail@qf.org.qa

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Qatar Foundation – Unlocking Human Potential

Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF) is a non-profit organization that supports Qatar on its journey to becoming a diversified and sustainable economy. QF strives to serve the people of Qatar and beyond by providing specialized programs across its innovation-focused ecosystem of education, research and development, and community development.

QF was founded in 1995 by His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, the Father Emir, and Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, who shared the vision to provide Qatar with quality education. Today, QF’s world-class education system offers lifelong learning opportunities to community members as young as six months through to doctoral level, enabling graduates to thrive in a global environment and contribute to the nation’s development.

QF is also creating a multidisciplinary innovation hub in Qatar, where homegrown researchers are working to address local and global challenges. By promoting a culture of lifelong learning and fostering social engagement through programs that embody Qatari culture, QF is committed to empowering the local community and contributing to a better world for all.

For a complete list of QF’s initiatives and projects, visit http://www.qf.org.qa 

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