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February 22, 2016

Dhia Initiative Builds Excellence in Teaching Through Workshops

Over 140 teachers and principals from several independent schools across Qatar including Doha, Dukhan, Al Wakrah and Al Shamal completed a series of rigorous professional development workshops to sharpen their skills in delivering science and math education.
The workshops, which are part of the Dhia: Engineering Leaders partnership between Texas A&M University at Qatar and Maersk Oil Qatar, taught teachers with new skills and tools for integrating problem-based learning exercises and activities into science, math, and engineering teaching.

Dhia delivers strategic educational outreach programs to motivate young Qataris to choose educational pathways for careers in fields related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Dhia initiatives also support teachers through a broad portfolio of programs and workshops.
Dr. Johannes Strobel, Lead Facilitator of the workshops and an internationally recognized researcher in the field of STEM Education, said: “Qatar is uniquely positioned to become a global leader in innovative STEM education.”

Lewis Affleck, Managing Director of Maersk Oil Qatar, said that the company was investing in teacher development through the Dhia portfolio to build up Qatar’s technical workforce capacity.

Affleck noted that the broad geographic range of schools represented in the workshops ensured that students throughout Qatar will have access to cutting-edge teaching techniques to promote learning in math and science.

Nouf Al-Kaabi, Assistant Director of Training and Educational Development Center in the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, emphasized the importance of building teachers’ capacity in STEM Education to enable students’ development of critical 21st-century skills such as problem-solving and critical thinking.

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