Under the patronage of His Excellency Dr Mohammed bin Saleh Al-Sada, Minister of Energy and Industry, Qatar University’s College of Education (CED) held a stone-laying ceremony on June 26 for its new Training Center for Early Childhood Teachers (TCECT).
The new building is jointly funded by QU and LNG Corporation (LNG Japan) in the amount of US$5million, as part of an agreement signed in May 2013 between the two parties to advance training for early childhood teachers.
The TCECT project was launched in 2007 and is part of the college’s Early Childhood Center (ECC). It will enhance the quality of academic programs offered by the college, develop related research, and is set to become a regional model for early childhood training. When completed, the new center will also offer training courses and workshops as well as educational and psychological counseling to parents.
The ceremony was attended by QU President Prof Sheikha Abdulla Al-Misnad, LNG Japan President and CEO Mr Yasunori Takagi, RasGas Chief Executive Officer Mr Hamad Rashid Al Mohannadi, CED Dean Dr Hissa Sadiq, CED faculty and ECC members.
Speaking on behalf of H.E. Al Sada, Mr Al Mohannadi thanked LNG Japan for its generous contribution and said education is always at the forefront of Qatar’s efforts on all levels of human and socio-economic development. He said that the center constitutes another building block in Qatar’s long-term social and human development by impacting the lives of a new generation of Qataris who will be the driving power behind realizing the country’s national vision and building the foundations for future growth and prosperity.
Prof Al Misnad noted that the most important first steps towards a country’s development is the education of its citizens from childhood and the capacity of teaching professionals to help develop young minds towards critical thinking and being curious about the world around them. “This center will be of immeasurable benefit, not only to young children and teachers, but also to parents, policymakers, and the wider community, and I thank the College and LNG Japan for working together to make it a reality”, she added.
Mr Takagi said, “LNG Japan has been a partner in Qatar’s development for almost 50 years and, during that time, we have witnessed unprecedented growth. We are honored to be part of this milestone on early childhood education and look forward to seeing the fruits of this center in the coming years”.
Dr Sadiq said that the Center is the result of a committed vision of QU, the College and LNG Japan to contribute to the values outlined in Qatar National Vision 2030 and the Education for a New Era initiative. “We are proud to be part of this partnership that will ultimately benefit the entire Qatari society”, she said.
As part of the event agenda, ECC members gave a presentation on the Center’s work, detailing the projects and initiatives that has benefitted 152 children, teachers and parents from its inception in 2005.