Education Conference & Research Week to feature 44 workshops
Under the slogan 'Pioneering and Creativity', the Education Conference and National Scientific Research Week will take place from March 12 to March 16 at the Qatar National Convention Center (QNCC). The conference will discuss over 30 researches in 44 workshops.
The Ministry has set up special committees and made all necessary preparations for this year's education conference aimed at providing a platform for experts, teachers and students to exchange knowledge, experiences and research, said Fawzia Al Khater, Assistant Undersecretary for Educational Affairs at the Ministry of Education and Higher Education.
The conference will bring together experts, academics and researchers to discuss the latest educational developments and research outcomes.
The five-day conference and research week is organised jointly by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education and the Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) under the patronage of the Prime Minister and Interior Minister H E Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani.
Speaking at a press conference yesterday at the Ministry headquarters attended by officials of QNRF and the Ministry, Al Khater said that the conference will address the current educational trends in Qatar and enhance the role of teachers in solving problems.
The last day of the conference will witness announcement of the winning researches and honouring of winners at the concluding ceremony, said Al Khater.
The conference will focus on three major areas including leadership of change, innovation and pioneering learning societies, scientific research –reflection and innovation, keeping up with the latest educational developments, said Dr Asma Al Mohannadi, Head of the Scientific Research Skills team at the Ministry of Education.
The conference seeks to improve quality of educational practices in the country, enhance the role of teachers, and exchange local and international experiences.
The conference will feature 44 workshops and key-note speakers. The workshop and session will highlight educational practices and training workshops, presentations of researches prepared by teachers and experts in the education field to address immediate problems and improve performances.
Over 323 teachers and educational staff from 83 schools will participate in the research competition. The researches cover three major aspects; teaching, learning and the impact of psychological and sociological aspects on the academic achievements of the students.
The 9th national scientific research exhibition will take place for two days on the sidelines of the conference to showcase students' researches which met the research methodology specifications and standards. Some 917 research projects selected from 1,983 researches presented by students from 220 schools will be presented. On the last day of the exhibition, the first three winners will be honoured.
Two competitions on astronomy and FameLab will take place as part of the conference, said Dr Abdullah Al Kamali, Special Programmes Manager at QNRF. Competition of astronomy is an annual contest organised by Hamad bin Khalifa University, targeting preparatory and secondary schools students in independent, private and international schools.
FameLab is a science communication competition initiated by Cheltenham Science Festivals and British Council in 31 countries. The competition was launched in Qatar by the British Council and QNRF and supported by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, Qatar University and Hamad Bin Khalifa University.
Qatar National Bank is sponsoring the conference and research week along with QNRF and other research institutions.