Sharing the common goal of developing the potential and talents of its brightest students was what brought together PERMATApintar and Qatar Academy together. The Malaysian-based organization holds the annual CTY School Holiday Camp, a joint venture between Johns Hopkins University (JHU) and the National University of Malaysia with support from the Malaysian Prime Minister’s office.
This year Qatar Academy students Abdulaziz Al Marri, Al Jazi Al Thani, Usama Usman and Sahana Kanabar will be participating in the camp scheduled this December.
PERMATApintar, which actually means Little Gems, was designed for talented students to experience academic enrichment to further push their potential. This purpose is parallel to QA’s TAP which was launched in 2009 to support students with Talents, in Aptitude, Achievement, Creativity, Leadership and Potential.
Program Coordinator Barbara Reynolds shares that for the last four years, TAP has been sending highly able students to C-MITES, a summer camp for talented elementary and middle school students based in Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh. It was this familiarity with student learning enrichment programs in addition to the school’s ongoing discussion with JHU Center for Talented Youth Director Simeon Brodsky that helped seal the deal for this new endeavor.
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