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​Ministry of Education, QatarDebate Center Sign MoU

15 January 2018

(QNA) - The Ministry of Education and Higher Education and QatarDebate Center (QD) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in the field of debate and developing innovative education. 

The MoU will recognize the mutual interest in the fields of students’ education on a large scale, develop learning opportunities for all levels and make decisions on educational policies and programs that will help improve knowledge and skills in various fields. 

Specialized in the development and support of the level of open debate and dialogue between students in Arabic and English, QD will provide the appropriate training to students and impart their debating skills using international trainers with experience and competence in the field of debate and dialogue.

It is worth mentioning that the two parties have already concluded a memorandum of understanding in 2014 - a period of one year - to be renewed automatically, in view of what is expected to achieve fruitful results for both parties and according to the objectives and joint endeavors, and they have decided to re-sign the agreement starting from today for 3 years. 

Assistant Undersecretary for Educational Affairs Fawziya Al Khater said "It is my pleasure to share with you this ceremony which comes under the joint cooperation with Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development; such ceremony which represents a shining image of community participation, which we all endeavor to promote, in order to organize and support high quality and innovative learning opportunities for all levels, through the educational programs provided by the Ministry, which in turn help the development of the needed knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary for members of the Qatari community." 

"The Memorandum of Understanding, which we are honored to sign today with QD, will foster fruitful cooperation between us in supporting QD to provide students with appropriate training on debating skills, enhancing their research, cognitive abilities as well as their ability to engage in dialogues. Moreover, such training provides students with opportunities to develop and support a culture of debate and discussion, at a time in which dialogue based on reasoning, logic and persuasion, far from fanaticism and extremism, is most needed", she added. 

Executive Director of QD Dr. Hayat Maarafi highlighted the importance of focusing on the primary stages intensively as they are the most absorbent to knowledge and information, and work to integrate debate in most courses in an innovative and creative as executed in some public schools.

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