Q Life Magazine Issue 8 - Page 28

Resilient by nature
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
15
Issue 8 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 explains. 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.” 28 The possibilities that technology offers are limitless. Buthaina Ali Al Nuaimi President of Pre-University Education at Qatar Foundation To find out about Qatar Foundation’s latest initiatives, visit their website at www.qf.org.qa 29