The comprehensive educational policy is based on firm principles of preserving the nation’s Islamic heritage and identifying the discrete nature of the people, while continuing to enhance the development of school curricula and the educational system and benefiting from the achievements of the times and the latest technological innovations.
Since the accession of His Highness Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani to power in the country in 1995, the educational policies and programs at the Ministry of Education took an upturn. They started focusing more on quality rather than quantity, besides paying attention towards developing the educational process on new basis in line with the requirements of the times.
The government launched its initiative of developing higher education in Qatar under the slogan “education for a new era”, which aims to provide the best educational programs for the sons and daughters of Qatar in order to prepare them to meet the requirements of the economic and social development process of the country.
- Specialized Education
The term of this institute is 6 years, divided equally between a preparatory course and a secondary course, which is subdivided into scientific and literary segments.
- Secondary School of Commerce
Students are admitted to this school after completing preparatory third year. The School’s term is three years after the successful completion of which students obtain the Secondary Commercial Diploma.
- Scientific Secondary Schools
Within the context of a new educational strategy seeking to develop secondary education, two scientific secondary schools, one for boys and one for girls, were opened.
- Literacy and Adult Education
This has been a project of the Ministry of Education since 1954. It aims to irradiate illiteracy among male and female Qatari aged from 10 to 45. The number of male and female learners at literacy classes reached 3091 in the school year 2003/2004.
- Special Education
Two institutes have been formed namely Al-Amal School for Boys and Al-Amal School for girls. Subsequently, two mental schools and two audiovisual schools, assigned separately for boys and girls, were built. These schools provide the students with Islamic guidance to help them become good citizens and offer them the chance to achieve optimum physical, mental, emotional and social growth compatible with their potential and disabilities.
- The Qatari Center for the Gifted and Creative
This center was opened in 2001 to cater for the educational needs of gifted and creative students.
- Languages Institute
Established in 1973, this institute receives students from among the employees of the government and semi-official organizations to improve their standards in Arabic, English and French languages.
- Department of Training and Vocational Development
This department was established to prepare average skilled tradesmen in some technical specialties, predispose the Qatari youth to like handwork, train the Qatari government employees on various jobs and carry out tests to assess the vocational and clerical abilities of the persons nominated to take government posts.
Private EducationThe Ministry of Education provides private schools with educational inspection, health service and free electricity and water. It encompasses private kindergartens and schools as well as educational services and training centers that provide training on computer, secretarial and administrative skills or refresher courses in addition to the university services centers that facilitate the registration of students in foreign university for distant learning.
University EducationQatar University aims to provide education training and research opportunities in various fields of specialization needed to enhance the potential of the people and advance the welfare of the nation. Today, Qatar University hosts the following faculties: Education, Humanities and Social Studies, Shari’a and Islamic Studies, Law, Engineering, Business and Economics and Technology.
The University is working hard to continue developing its instructional plans; introduce new scientific sections and units; follow up and assess the compatibility of programs and curricula at the faculties with the needs and concerns of the community and support the Qatari Ph.D. holders and members of the teaching staff, among whom there are many females.