Thousands of children in Qatar are receiving much-needed assistance from the Education Above All Foundation (EAA).
Education Above All (EAA), through the Together Project, has stepped in to help thousands of students facing barriers to accessing education to find “the right solutions for them”, the foundation said.
More than 200 expression of interest forms were filled by parents in Qatar in less than one week, according to the acting executive director of the programme, Talal Al Hothal, indicating a clear need for the scheme.
The EAA “has established the first and second Assalam Schools that are operating with complete support from the Ministry of Education & Higher Education and Donor Bodies,” Hothal told Doha News.
These schools provide education for children who are currently facing one or more obstacles that hinder their access to schooling, including, economic, age, transportation and cultural and language barriers, among others.
“The barriers are multifaceted and involve a combination of factors such as families’ financial situation, child’s previous educational background, health and learning needs, language needs and even general awareness in some cases,” he added.
Students also benefit from the schools’ tailored support programmes to cover educational gaps due to being out of school, Al Hothal added.
Families in need of assistance can apply to see whether their children would be eligible to join the programme to return to formal education.
“EAA is working closely with the Ministry of Education and Higher education to develop sustainable solutions to address the specific needs of these children,” he said, noting the foundation acts as a bridge between state ministries and affected communities in Qatar.
“The aim of the Together Project is to work towards eradicating barriers by facilitating the establishment of alternative education institutes and programmes, in collaboration with local ministries and NGOs,” he added.
“Our main goal is to work with our partners to ensure the provision of access to education for all children in Qatar.
The project received around 3,000 applications in the last year.