The Ministry of Education and Higher Education has launched a programme to provide psychological services in schools.

Qatar has successfully set on a strong academic year 2019–20, thanks to the ongoing efforts of the Ministry of Education and Higher Education.

The academic year 2019–20 witnessed the opening of five new schools for primary, preparatory and secondary levels in Al Wakra, Muaither, Al Kheesa, Old Airport (Al Matar Al Qadeem) and Al Manaseer.

In September 2019, the ministry issued a Ministerial Decision to open an additional seven new schools to meet the growing demand of seats in the country.

School-Psychologists‘With Education We Build Qatar’

The new academic year began as it meant to continue; with the launch of the sixth edition of the campaign ‘With Education We Build Qatar’, from 16 to 24 August 2019, organised by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education.

Also known as ‘Back to School’, the campaign includes a variety of programmes and competitions related to education and its atmosphere. There are recreational, scientific and cultural activities that also touch on health, wellness, and safety and provide tips and guidance on road traffic safety.

This campaign is one of the ministry’s most important and successful initiatives, enhancing the abilities and capabilities of students to develop and fuel the spirit of competition and creativity through a number of guidance and useful educational advices, serving the educational process and the educational system in Qatar in all its aspects and dimensions at the beginning of a new academic year.

The school campaign aims to strengthen communication with all the parties within the education system in Qatar with the aim of preparing students for the new academic year and providing them with the necessary guidance.

In addition, as school attendance is of high importance to the ministry as well as the schools, the campaign emphasises on the importance of moral obligation and psychological readiness to attend school and motivates students to return to and regularly attend school from the first day.

Psychological services

As the new academic year 2019–20 began, the Ministry of Education and Higher Education launched a programme to provide psychological services in schools from September 2019, as part of their efforts to provide the best psychological services to students.

A few schools in Qatar already have school psychologists or health and wellness coaches to help students meet academic and emotional challenges.

However, the new programme, to be implemented throughout the current academic year, will cover a larger number of schools. It is aimed at nearly 75 schools, including integration schools, specialised schools for students with disabilities, and other schools. In its second phase, the programme will include all schools as a public service to all groups.

The role of the programme is to provide the best psychological services to students in the targeted schools such as Al Hedaya and Audio Education Complex Boys and Girls.

It also aims to train over 100 psychologists in these schools. This includes professional development certification, review of the programme, summary of the development of psychologists’ performance and programme requirements, and also the review of training topics and objectives to be achieved from field visits to ensure implementation. A range of services will be provided to assist students in their learning, growth and development by providing supportive services to help students meet academic and emotional challenges.

The programme is based on the ministry’s vision to provide quality, long-lasting and innovative learning opportunities for the Qatari community. Introducing the programme is part of the ministry’s vision to improve the quality of services provided to students, in general, in integration schools and specialised schools. The programme will require the involvement of the entire educational system, including students, physiologists, families, teachers, administrators and other school personnel.

Author: Ola Diab

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