To provide high-quality education with a local focus, the Ministry of Education and Higher Education in coordination with Qatar Foundation (QF) yesterday launched a new online education platform, ‘Rasekh’.
The platform, run by Qatar Foundation in Arabic and English, is available for all schools operating in Qatar.
Minister of Education and Higher Education H E Buthaina bint Ali Al Jabr Al Nuaimi attended the launch ceremony held at the headquarters of the Ministry.
The Rasekh initiative aims to provide a high-quality educational experience guided by a vision of a local nature by enabling schools to integrate curricula with knowledge, local innovations, values, heritage and national identity.
This also aims at meeting global sustainability challenges related to the local context, in addition to strengthening the Arabic language, highlighting national values and identity, and spreading local knowledge.
The initiative also aims to build bridges between all knowledge societies within and outside Qatar Foundation, while ensuring students’ access to knowledge in various fields, encouraging students’ work that reflects their values, morals and national identity, and enabling them to present their work locally and globally and communicate in their mother tongue with pride.
Speaking at the event, Assistant Undersecretary for Educational Affairs at the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, Maha Al Ruwaili said: “The Ministry has been keen on providing qualitative learning for students and achieving high quality learning outcomes, in addition to enabling the educational system’s outputs to respond successfully to the opportunities and challenges of 21st century.”
She said that Qatar National Vision requires individuals to be armed with knowledge and better understanding and fully capable to use it creatively to solve problems.
“Hence, it was necessary to work on a more effective investment of resources to support teaching and learning, and to activate meaningful partnerships with state institutions,” said Al Ruwaili.
She said that the Rasekh platform will provide educational materials that connect students with today’s world and their practical reality by providing the most up-to-date and useful contents in Arabic and English in addition to detailed links to the study curricula and linked to the sustainable development goals.
“Thus, the platform achieves equality, inclusiveness, quality and unique opportunities to raise the level of education in Qatari society, forming a tributary and a supporting reference for students in public and private schools and benefit from the offered curricula, according to a set mechanism that ensures access to knowledge for all students,” said Al Ruwaili.
Executive Director of Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships at Qatar Foundation’s Pre-University Education Office Sheikha Noof Ahmed bin Saif Al Thani who is also official spokesperson, in a presentation at the ceremony, said: “Rasekh is a comprehensive platform that links the global context with local knowledge, innovation, language, culture, heritage and values.”
A panel discussion on Rasekh initiative was held on the sidelines of the event.
The panellists included Director of Qatar Genome Programme (QGP) at Qatar Foundation, Dr. Said Ismail; Head of Scientific Education at QGP, Dima Darwish; Director of Partnerships at Office of Strategy and Partnerships at Qatar Foundation, Maryam Al Hajri and Director of Qatar Academy Al Wakra, Bedriyah Itani.
Source: The Peninsula