For the frontline heroes in the medical sector , helping others is “ more than just a job ”, as Al-Atey clarifies . She feels that she was “ put in this position to do what I can to contribute to society .”
Day in and day out , Al-Atey observed her fellow frontline workers willingly accept the risks associated with their work as they demonstrated exceptional selflessness and conquered their understandable fear of infection .
It only seems befitting that the World Health Organization ( WHO ) has designated 2020 as the “ International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife ”.
Healthcare professionals around the world share her feeling of isolation . Nonetheless , in Al-Atey ’ s words , “ we do what is necessary at this time to keep the people we care about safe .”
Her extraordinary bravery is echoed across the medical world and amplified by the unique challenges of the pandemic .
Al-Atey is hopeful for the future of medicine after having seen Qatar ’ s healthcare system rapidly innovate in the face of adversity . “ We have demonstrated that we can handle these challenges as long as we do so together .”
The work does not come without incredible risks and sacrifices , particularly at a time of strict social distancing measures .
Nurses on the frontlines of the fight against COVID-19
Resilient by nature
professional learning programs for teachers within
and outside Qatar, and the Teaching and Learning
Center that supports students with learning
challenges at our schools,” Al Nuaimi explains.
The onset of the pandemic forced schools to close
their doors and educators to rely on online learning
tools. Yet Al Nuaimi does not see this as a hindrance
to education. Instead, she believes the pandemic
created “the perfect opportunity for long-awaited
and much-needed reform in education.”
“Technology will play a central role in the future
of education through personalised learning and
empowering students to take the responsibility of
their own learning,” she explains. Al Nuaimi can’t
help but show her optimism: “The possibilities that
technology offers are limitless.”
One of Qatar Foundation’s (QF) specialised schools,
Qatar Academy for Science and Technology (QAST),
develops at-home challenges for its students. They
have sought to get children to develop solutions Partnerships with equally innovative educational
to national problems. The young minds designed institutions support Qatar Foundation’s substantial
Personal Protective Equipment for medical and e-learning efforts. “Our students are currently
construction workers, and 3-D printed devices such participating in Texas A&M University at Qatar’s
as face shields and masks. programming challenge, and we are part of
“Our programmes were built around innovation
and creative thinking. Part of that is technology,
which is integrated into our normal student life,” Al
an exciting AI and machine learning pilot with
Microsoft’s Teams XinaBox programming course,” she
Nuaimi says. “We draw on a variety of techniques Al Nuaimi is an advocate for digital literacy,
and platforms, and we adapt them to meet different describing it not only as a necessity in today’s world,
students’ needs.” socially and academically, but as an essential part of
Since its founding in 1995 by His Highness the Father
students’ journeys to become lifelong learners.
Amir Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani, and Her “We are leading learning across all our community -
Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser Al Missned, students, teachers, and parents - as we believe that
QF and its programmes have embodied a spirit of people are our most valuable asset,” she concludes.
innovation and forward-thinking. This spirit allowed “We are privileged and honoured to be contributing
QF and its educators to respond to the challenges to the development of our nation through nurturing
brought on by COVID-19 and introduce tangible our children to be future leaders and responsible
initiatives that keep learning alive. citizens.”
The possibilities that technology
offers are limitless.
Buthaina Ali Al Nuaimi
President of Pre-University Education at Qatar Foundation
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