Ta’allum Teachers of the Future?

Ta’allum Teachers of the Future?

  Some of the most influential people in our lives are teachers. When students from Al Maha Boys and Al Jazeera Academy represented Ta’allum at the 2nd annual Student Teacher Conference on March 6th they knew they were participating in a special event which was sponsored by the undersecretary of the Ministry, Dr. Ibrahim Al Nuaime. Dr Saleh, Principal, welcomed participants to Doha Secondary School hosting the conference for 16 schools. Over 130 students took the opportunity to teach a 45 minute lesson. Sixteen Year 10 students from AMAB and AJA successfully taught various lessons in English, Maths, Science, Arabic and Art, observed by distinguished guests from across Qatar’s education community.

The Student Teacher Programme was established to develop students’ leadership skills and sense of responsibility. It is also designed to promote and encourage Qatari students to consider teaching as a future career. There are presently too few Qatari teachers. The Emir’s 2030 vision for sustainable growth places Education at its heart. This programme is a chance to raise the status and respect of the teaching profession as Qatar seeks to sustain and consolidate its prominent global standing. It works on the premise that Teaching is a vocation not just a job.

 During the programme, students were trained in basic interactive teaching skills and practised some part lessons with their peers before preparing and attempting to deliver a whole lesson. Abdulrahman Al Namlan, Year 10 student at Al Jazeera, who taught a Science lesson on Electromagnetism, said ‘This has really helped me to see things more clearly from the teacher’s perspective.’ Mohammed Al Sulaiti, Year 10 at Al Maha Boys, remarked ‘the programme has given me the confidence to speak to an audience and to structure what I am going to say.’ Heads of Secondary Mr James Batts (AJA) and Mr Andy Hubble (AMAB) expressed their delight at their students’ efforts. ‘The boys have been enthusiastic and willing to learn. We can see first- hand just how much they have grown in confidence and self -assurance.’

 Dr Mohammed Saefan, Ta’allum Director of Education, said ‘Respect for teachers is central to the Islamic values at the heart of Ta’allum’s Mission and Vision. There is no greater vocation than to prepare the next generation for a successful and fulfilling life. Hopefully we have witnessed a new generation of teachers to inspire us all!’

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