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PostPosted: Tue Apr 22, 2008 2:50 am    Post subject: The Supreme Education Council Reply with quote

Can anyone tell me anything about this project?

Has the program had any sucess? I am working with MAG in UAE and it is a total mess. I am looking for something with some stability.

How are the working conditions?

What are the average salaries?

I am in UAE now, is life in Qatar much different? I am a single parent with 3 kids; I do not need to have a night life.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 20, 2008 6:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Lynn,
I knew some people who worked for AED (academy for educational development) who holds a contract with SEC and they seemed fairly happy. Its still middle east but probably much more settled than the Al Ghad project

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Have you definately finished with Al ghad? You are not going back? I notice they are offering 3 year contracts in their latest rounds.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 22, 2008 12:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, I knew 3 people who worked indirectly for them (I guess it was CfBT/Mosaica???) and they left their jobs the first year only to move to the UAE.

Hope this helps
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 04, 2009 6:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There are about 6 subcontracters who work for SEC - mainly American. They hire teachers to teach teachers. They send the teachers to work in the Independent Schools. Turnover is high. Tough management.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 14, 2009 6:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Has anyone got recent firsthand experience working for Mosaica in Qatar? Would you recommend it? Thanks
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 17, 2009 7:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

SEC has hired hundreds of advisors, educational consultants, independent consultants, educational firms, to help them reorganize the educational system and schools, etc. They have American educational consultantancies like ETS Rand Policy Institute. There are also regional consultants like Intelligent Partners and Achper Consultants, not to mention the dozens of individual consultants who come regularly for different schemes and workshops. There are regular external teacher trainers who come on short term contracts to run workshops, training sessions, etc. These people advise on the math program, science programs, Englsh, humanities, etc. I've met some consultants who were holed up in the Ramada for a while. The important ones are housed at the Ritz.

The SEC school reform is a huge, very expensive undertaking which started about ten years ago. They keep hiring new advisors and getting new ideas so things are always changing. The latest project is the community colleges scheme.

As far as I know they hire people as independent consultants and corporate consultants. The whole system was originally based on Charter schools in California. The first consultants here were from these schools from what they say.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 17, 2009 8:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Has anyone got recent firsthand experience working for Mosaica in Qatar?

Sorry can't help you. I haven't met anyone from this organization but there are dozens of other consultants who have come and gone here. ETS has managed to hang on.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 19, 2009 6:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Do you mean this?

Five Qatari students join Mosaic school
Web posted at: 7/19/2009 1:42:52
Three of the Qatari students who are participating in the Mosaic International Summer School programme in UK.
DOHA: Five Qatari nationals, currently studying at different universities within Qatar Foundation, are participating in the ongoing inaugural Mosaic International Summer School programme in UK.

Mosaic is a charitable organisation launched by the Prince of Wales.

To inspire leadership within Muslim communities across the globe, 45 regional participants have joined the international group of delegates that were being brought together for the inaugural Mosaic International Summer School that got off on July 17 and run through August 1, 2009.

The successful Qatari candidates are Thamer Al Kuwari, Abdul Hadi Al Hajri, Shaikha Al Suwaidi, Al Jazi Darwish and Mais Taha.

HSBC Bank Middle East Limited is an international partner of the Summer School which aims to increase understanding of global social and environmental issues and create positive relations between individuals from both the Muslim and non-Muslim world. The school has been developed in association with the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

“We are delighted to have such an excellent participation from Qatar. The Embassy has strongly supports Mosaic’s aims of bringing people together and helping to develop and support young leaders in this region,” said James Lynch, Head of Press and Public Affairs at the British Embassy.

The two-week programme will encourage debate and discussion around key issues facing communities worldwide, with delegates visiting projects across the UK to bring the discussions to life.

The HSBC regional group of delegates has been selected from a wide range of individuals aged 20-40 years old from across Bahrain, Oman, UAE, Qatar, Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Pakistan and represent a diversity of backgrounds and experience – from teachers to HR professionals, students, engineers and business leaders.

Abdul Hakeem Mostafawi, CEO of HSBC Qatar commented: “It is the objective of HSBC to play an integral part in the development of local talent and especially future leaders. This programme supports these objectives and we are pleased to be able to take part in it. With the correct guidance of our young leaders now, we can have a positive impact on the outcomes of their decisions in the future.” The first week of the programme will take place in Cambridge and will consist of seminars and discussion groups contributing to the theme of inspiring leadership in the 21st century.

On returning home, delegates will be encouraged to apply their learning to their communities – ranging from business to academic settings.

In addition, the delegates will be invited to become part of the summer school’s alumni, showing a commitment to positive relations and collaborative action between the Muslim and non Muslim world.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 22, 2009 7:00 pm    Post subject: licensing teachers Reply with quote

SEC introduces licence system for teachers

DOHA: Reaffirming its commitment to employ highly qualified teachers and principals in the Independent Schools, the Supreme Education Council (SEC) has introduced a professional licence system for the teachers, principals and the school operators in these schools.

Over 2,000 teachers and 800 school principals and operators have already received their provisional licences. The number of teachers receiving provisional licences will reach 3,500 by the end of this year.

The Qatar Office for Registration, Licensing and Accreditation (QORLA), set up by the SEC’s Evaluation Institute, said ‘all teachers and the leaders of Independent schools will be required to apply for the professional licence from September 2009’. The teachers who obtained their provisional licence will have to secure their Full Licence in the long run.

The QORLA was set up to help support and improve the quality of teachers and school leader practice to ensure it is aligned with the SEC’s National Professional Standards for Teachers and School Leaders (NPSTSL).

The NPSTSL describes the abilities and knowledge necessary for teachers and the school operators; and over 20 quality teaching and leadership practices in the Independent schools. It details 12 standards that teachers, and seven standards that school leaders must demonstrate competence in.

The NPSTSL envisages three levels of licence for those with teaching and learning classroom responsibilities — Entry level, Proficient level and Advanced Skill level licence. To receive a full level licence, teachers and leaders will have to go through an additional number of steps in the registration process.

Within the period from September 2009 to July 2010, all remaining teachers in different Cohorts of Independent Schools will be required to apply for provisional licence.

Full licences will be issued to teachers and school leaders that meet the requirements in June 2009. Obtaining a Full licence means that a teacher, subject coordinator, vices principal or principal and Operator has attained the skills and knowledge required in the NPSTL.

Full licences must be renewed or upgraded every three years. At the provisional licence level, the principal or operator of the Independent schools, the teacher or school leader must attest that the person concerned is qualified before providing a provisional licence.

The inner-school attestation committee will consists of seven-eleven persons including the school principal, academic vice principal, up to two independent persons, four curriculum coordinators representing both arts and science streams and up to two teachers representing both art and science streams.

At each attestation committee meeting the Principal or Operator or the vice principal must chair the meeting. There must be a minimum five trained and certified attesters present.

Over 600 principals, vice principals, coordinators and teachers have attended the introductory attester Certificate training programme that began in March 2009.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 26, 2009 11:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

SEC lays stress on education reforms

Adel al-Sayed
The Private Schools Committee at the Supreme Education Council has held its first introductory meeting with the owners and principals of private schools to discuss issues related to the standards of their institutions in the country.
The meeting followed a decision by Minister of Education and Higher Education HE Saad bin Ibrahim al-Mahmoud on the mechanisms of supervision and follow up, academic accreditation and evaluation of the private schools.
Evaluation Institute director Adel al-Sayed said: “A few years ago, Qatar embarked on a mission to reform its education system to equip the future generation with skills that could be matched with those of students from around the world and top-to-bottom changes can be seen from kindergarten through grade 12 and beyond including university.”
All schools in Qatar now fall under the umbrella of Education for a New Era. Qatar’s education system and the Private Schools Office, which works under the Education Institute is responsible for all the affairs of private schools in the country.
Al-Sayed stressed that the schools were an integral part of the public school system and each school was required to provide good quality education.
“Parents will have options to select a school of their choice that suits the needs of their children and the values in the private and the public schools should be compatible,” he said.
Education Institute director Sabah al-Haidoos expressed her satisfaction with the meeting saying it was the first step for SEC towards achieving the objective of offering quality education to both Qataris and expatriates.
“The SEC along with its institutes is keen on assisting private education in Qatar. Private schools have been given a period of two years to adopt the national curriculum standards set up by the SEC to ensure that the system is aligned.”
Referring to SEC’s specifications regarding school buildings, al-Haidoos said. the buildings should meet certain criteria of safety and security that were necessary for the educational atmosphere.
Private Schools Office director Fawzia al-Khater explained the role and responsibilities of the office which include issuing licences for the establishment of new schools, supervising and monitoring the Arabic and international schools, kindergarten and nurseries, in addition to administering the voucher programme in schools.
“Private schools should abide by certain criteria such as applying the national and international curriculum standards, teaching Qatari history, Arabic language and Islamic subjects starting from the 2010–2011 academic year and school buildings should meet the specifications of SEC,” al-Khater said.
She added that children with special needs and learning difficulties should be well taken care of and all schools should form a board of trustees according to the SEC regulations and policies.
Other SEC officials present at the meeting were Schools Evaluation Office director Aisha al-Hashemi, Education Institute assistant director Khalid el-Harqan, Shared Services director Tariq al-Abdulla, legal adviser Mohamed Iskandar and Human Resources director Essa al-Hur.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 22, 2010 7:52 am    Post subject: Progres Reply with quote

Rota, SEC open new chapter in education
Qatar-based NGO Reach Out To Asia (Rota) and the Supreme Education Council have signed a memorandum of understanding aimed at fostering research, teacher training and other activities to promote and enhance the quality of education in Qatar, the Middle East and across Asia.
Rota and SEC have agreed to meet on a regular basis to follow up on their joint objectives, and means of achieving them over a period of five years. The MoU was signed by Rota chairperson Sheikha Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani and HE the Minister of Education and Higher Education and SEC’s Secretary General Saad bin Ibrahim al-Mahmoud.
Under the MoU, Rota and SEC will collaborate on many projects set to make students and teachers more dynamically engaged in academic and community related projects on both local and global scale.
Among the projects was the introduction of Rota programmes to local schools, including setting up of workshops and the promotion of the Youth Service Clubs, aimed at introducing service learning and active citizenship to students.
Rota and SEC aim to implement volunteer programme workshops and training in schools, intended to offer volunteer job specific, skill enhancement, and leadership and knowledge-based training to students.
The MoU will provide different online collaboration projects between Rota and SEC while projects will prove to be very beneficial to members of Rota knowledge network, schools and teachers, through offering easy access to hard to gain material.

The agreement will also facilitate the possibility of collaborations between teachers and schools in Qatar and abroad as the projects offer the opportunity to share knowledge and develop or get online access to digital educational material in Arabic or English. Rota director Omnia Nour said: “We have witnessed one of the most amazing and important leaps forward for Rotaand we are very enthusiastic about working hand in hand with the SEC, and are very confident that it will open up many doors and opportunities for everyone involved to make good quality, life improving education available to all.”
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 07, 2010 8:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No compromise on quality of education: Minister

DOHA: The Minister of Education and Higher Education H E Saad Ibrahim Al Mahmoud has allayed fears that the ongoing Qatarisation drive in Independent Schools may affect the quality of education of these institutions.

Strict directives have been issued to the concerned officials to implement the nationalisation drive as a gradual process and ensure that it is not affecting the system negatively, the minister said. In an interview appearing in the latest issue of Supreme Education Council’s (SEC) in-house journal, the minister said the SEC is striving hard to attract nationals to join the teaching profession. The SEC’s aim is to make teaching as one of the most attractive professions in the country like any other prestigious jobs.

“The training and development of teachers working in Independent Schools is part of an overall strategy to improve our education system. Teachers are a key component in this system,” the minister said. Currently, the SEC has a system to assess the professional skills of the teachers through three different licences. This gives them adequate opportunities to achieve the desired professional development and enhance their skills. The possession of the professional license will provide teachers with confidence and increase their ability to deliver a professional service.

The SEC is continuously working to enhance the skills of Qatari teachers and shaping them as world class teachers. The participation of over 600 teachers in the SEC training programme is evidence to that endeavour. Qatar University also plays a key role in enhancing the professional skills of Independent School teachers. On the Independent School students’ lacklustre performance in Qatar Comprehensive Educational Assessments (QCEA) the minister said the students have made significant progress in the examinations.

“The poor performance level of the students between 2005-2007 has completely ceased and the percentage of students who achieved “Approaches Standards” and “Meets standards” has generally improved in most grade levels and school subjects according to 2007-2008 results”. In general, the findings are that the students who spent more time in Independent Schools have achieved better results than their peers who joined the Independent Schools later. This is evidence of the difference that this educational initiative has made its effects on Qatar’s educational system, Ibrahim Al Mahmoud said. He dismissed the theory that Qatar was so hasty in asking its students to participate in international exams such as PISA, PIRLS and TIMSS.

“Participation in such international exams is important and I do not think that the decision to participate in these exams is hasty. Over time, it will help spread the culture of self-evaluation and the spirit of competition with other students in advanced countries,” the minister added.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 24, 2010 4:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

SEC launches career scheme for teachers

The Supreme Education Council (SEC) in collaboration with Qatar University (QU) has launched three new programmes for the rehabilitation and employment of teachers.
The three programmes are primary, secondary and special education diplomas. The SEC endeavours to provide training opportunities, professional development and ultimately employment to Qataris and encourage and attract them to join the teaching profession, according to a release from the SEC. The SEC will recruit new graduates who do not have a background in the education field to work as employees in independent schools. The trainees will be offered a basic monthly salary and social allowance providing they complete the diploma programmes. The students will have to pass the diploma programmes in order to obtain a professional licence at a junior teaching level.
Applicants to the Special Education Diploma programme are selected on the basis of admission criteria defined by Qatar University.
The SEC and QU will offer programmes to schools and educate teachers and Qatari co-ordinators of their importance. They will also brief and familiarise them with the entitlements during the study period and after graduation.

The SEC will screen the applications received from schools to select the right candidates to register in the programme. The SEC will pay the salaries of associate staff from the independent schools. The SEC will also set the rules for passing the diploma programme within the basic requirements for the professional licensing. The Qatar University will hold the Special Education Diploma once a week as well as organise schedules to hold the other diplomas daily. It will issue a periodical report to the SEC at the end of each semester on the progress of the programme; the level of teachers; or in case of any emergency that may need action from the SEC. Both the SEC and QU will follow the performance of teachers who complete the programme in their schools. In addition to these diploma programmes, the partnership between the SEC and QU has seen the launch of the Bachelor of Primary Education programme, which provides scholarships and incentives to female high school graduates and attract and motivate them to pursue the teaching profession
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 17, 2010 3:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ashghal unveils plans to build new schools
The Public Works Authority (Ashghal) plans to construct a number of new schools and kindergartens in different parts of Qatar.
The new schools project, to be handled by the education projects section of the authority, is to be implemented by the next academic year.
The project includes nine kindergartens at Sailiyya, Shahaniyya and Duhail and two KGs each at Bu Nakhla, Ain Khaled and New Doha areas.
Each of these buildings will have 12 classrooms, administrative offices, and annexes consisting of a guardroom and storeroom, in addition to shaded parking areas, external lighting and landscaping.
Ashghal has already delivered three phases of KG projects, comprising 30 new KGs, to the Supreme Education Council. The buildings have been designed according to international standards approved by the Ministry of Education and Supreme Education Council.
Recently Ashghal announced a package of 20 new schools around Doha and villages.
Of these, six schools have been delivered to SEC, including two schools at Um Garn one each for boys and girls, Um Hakeem Girls Secondary School at Mamura, Um Aiman Girls Secondary School at Farej Al-Amir, and Umm Hani Girls Elementary School at Sailiyya and Ahmed bin Hanbel Boys Secondary School at Najma.
The education section is now in the process of completing the new building for Abu Baker Siddiq Independent School at New Slata within the fifth phase and with the completion of this phase, Ashghal would have delivered 102 new school buildings.

The new school building in the plan consists of 25 classrooms, three laboratories, two computer rooms, two drawing rooms, school activities room, library, theatre, cafeteria, indoor and outdoor sports courts and car parks. Ashghal has opened a new tender to modify 36 schools with the intention of equipping them with additional exits in the event of fire, coolers and modified types of suspended ceilings.
The school building project has been divided into seven packages, and three packages, covering 18 schools, are already under implementation.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 05, 2010 3:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

They go through consultants like they were ice cream cones! Lick and toss!
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