DOHA, Qatar – 3 October 2014
Her Excellency Sheikha Hind Bint Hamad Al-Thani,Founding Chairperson of Teach For Qatar (TFQ); and Bart Cahir, President and General Manager for Exxon Mobil Qatar Inc. met in Doha to formalize a partnership between Teach For Qatar and Exxon Mobil Qatar.
TFQis a local NGO that is working to be part of the solution to the education challenges that Qatar’s students face, by giving access to exceptional, talented leaders into the independent school system in Qatar.TFQ provides graduates and young professionals who wish to give back to Qatar – whether nationals or residents – the opportunity to inspire students through a two-year teaching placement.
The partnership between ExxonMobil Qatar and TFQis a result of the commitment of both parties to closing the education gap in Qatar, by contributing to the development of the independentschool system.
“Teach For Qatar recognizes that teaching in Qatar is not currently considered a top career choice, meaning low reinvestment of top graduates into the education system,” remarked HE Sheikha Hind bintHamad. “This year we took the first step in tackling this challenge by placing the first cohort of hand-picked Fellows into independent schools, and with partners such as ExxonMobil Qatar who are committed to supporting the education system in Qatar, I believe we can continue to tap into the next generation of leaders, and draw them to inspire in classrooms and schools as well as their communities,”
ExxonMobil strongly believes that human capacity is the cornerstone to building a successful future for any nation and supports education to create the leaders of the future and to support Qatar in becoming a knowledge-based economy.
ExxonMobil Qatar has a strategic plan in place to help advance education in Qatar – particularly in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), in collaboration with key community partners in Qatar. For this particular partnership, ExxonMobil Qatarwill provide global expertise and best practices in training, and support for talent acquisition and recruitment, in addition to assistance in organizing summer institutes and sponsoring fellows.
“This partnership offers a win-win partnership framework between both our organizations, and addresses some of the most challenging issues that affect learning in our children’s classrooms today,” said Mr. Cahir. “We want to be part of a local effort to create a learning environment for students that is inspiring, exciting and engaging, and which will nurture them to develop their leadership skills.We are very happy to partner with Teach For Qatar towards achieving this goal, and commend Her Excellency Sheikha Hind and her team for their valuable efforts,” he added.
Mohammed Fakhroo, Chief Executive Officer for Teach For Qatar welcomed ExxonMobil into the TFQ family, which currently includes the Supreme Education Council, Qatar Foundation and Qatar Petroleum as partners, saying, “Teach For Qatar is a unique learning journey for young graduates or professionals looking to develop as leaders. Working with our partners we strive not only to improve experiences for our children in schools, but to build on the skills of exceptional youth and provide them with two years of ongoing support and development.”