Education in Qatar has some way to go as far as inclusivity is concerned. Which is why, the news of the launch of Academyati is perfectly timed. With the new school years due to start in a few months, parents looking for education with a more personalised approach have a lot to look forward to.
Academyati, a brand-new progressive school, under the umbrella of Pre-University Education (PUE), Qatar Foundation, offers a globally unique learning model that takes the concept of personalised education and changes it into something that’s on an entirely different dimension.
The school, set to open in August 2019, will cater for children aged three to six years. Placing an equal emphasis on both personal and academic development, Academyati will provide tailored, creative and nurturing learning experiences designed to ensure children studying at the school achieve their full potential.
After extensive evidence-based research, Academyati’s approach to learning has been specially curated. The knowledge and insight of Qatar’s educational landscape has been taken into high consideration. This model isn’t brand-new and does exist in several parts of the world but each progressive school has its own unique structure and philosophy. The programme for Academyati has been specifically designed for the context of Qatar and the opportunities and challenges that are relevant to children in this country.
Children will be introduced to different experiences and quests – open-ended problem-solving activities focused on real-world problems – as a way of learning. Buthaina Ali Al Nuaimi, president, PUE, says, “Designed to add to the legacy of quality education that has already been created by its diverse and specialised schools, QF’s new, progressive K-12 school, Academyati, will bring a whole new educational experience to Qatar.”
The learning model
Academyati does not have a formal, subject-based approach. Children will learn through experiences and quests, designed by the school with a focus on the child’s specific talents, interests, needs and sources of inspiration. To put it in simpler terms, children who have a particular interest will be able to feed that curiosity. They will be encouraged to think independently and creatively while expanding their knowledge. Personal and academic growth are both equally important in this model.
Al Nuaimi says, “A bilingual school offering individualised education, with an emphasis on experiential learning within an innovative educational ecosystem that will work in close partnership with parents and families, Academyati will graduate students who are aware, confident, empowered and can bring positive change to their world.” This kind of development will allow any child to pursue and master the art of listening and connecting with others, through experiences such as mindfulness, cooking and music.
Mode of instruction
Academyati will offer a dual-language learning programme with both English and Arabic being used equally as a medium for learning. Each child can focus on his/her skills and learn at their own pace from older or younger children. They will be grouped in multi-aged groups and not in a structure defined by the child’s birth year. The school will look to proactively partner with families who trust their child’s natural interests and learning process, commit to being involved in their child’s learning journey and are open to their children exploring new experiences and opportunities for growth.
Academyati director Maryam Alhajri says, “Academyati stands for ‘Innovation in Learning’. We believe in trusting today’s children. By exposing our children to experiences and quests as a way of learning, we aim to fuel children’s independence and hope their inner gifts will shape amazing outcomes.”
Academyati will initially welcome 48 boys and girls aged three to six years. The school is designed to expand and accommodate 18-year-olds. It will have more of discovery spaces rather than a traditional classroom-based academic setting.
Applications to Academyati are open until May 1 2019. Qatar Foundation, Al Luqta Street. To apply, visit www.ail.openapply.com.