April 2, 2014

Will Scannel’s First Day at the Frere School


My day today was good, but a little confusing. We had math, English and Class Master, which is when a teacher comes to the classroom and tells us stories, teaches us games, and then we then play it. After that we had lunch. After lunch we had English, Arabic, and religious study. Everything is taught […]

March 20, 2014

“When you talk to people in his/her language, you are talking to his/her heart.”

“When you talk to people in his/her language, you are talking to his/her heart.”

After almost 40 days in the trip that I’d been dreaming of for so long, I’m coming back to Brazil. Spending this time and living the complex aspects of the situation in Israel and Palestine made me feel home there too – and the people I met helped me to understand more of every detail […]

March 14, 2014

Young Refugees Share Experiences


At the beginning of the 21st century, we are living a paradox. Each day we encourage the benefits of a globalized world, one where we are all connected, yet we continue to read and see scenes of wars, conflicts and refugees without a response. Not much is said. Few are moved by contemporary humanitarian crises.  […]

March 14, 2014

Hidden Treasures in Jordan

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After a long day of work at the children’s museum of Jordan, in Amman, a fourteen-year-old told me she loves Brazil, and my reaction was to ask: “why?” It seemed a very natural question at that moment. When she hesitated to answer me, I realized I had to explain many times during that week why […]

March 10, 2014

Open Education Week 2014

Open Education Week 2014

March 10th – 15th, 2014 is Open Education Week, which raises awareness of the open education movement and draws on the powerful link between education and information technology. Today, social media and web-based tools provide ample opportunities for young people to gain knowledge and expertise by allowing them to connect with mentors and peers world-wide, acquire […]

March 9, 2014

‘Aber: What’s Your Story?

‘Aber: What’s Your Story?

    ‘Aber is one of Qatar Foundation International’s biggest events of the year held in Qatar. Each year, the ‘Aber educational exchange has a different theme, but with the same goal of expressing one’s identity and culture through Arabic language. This year, the theme will be storytelling. I am eager to share with you […]

March 5, 2014

How do you impact the global water crisis?

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Every year 3.4 million people die from lack of clean water, that is almost equivalent to the population of the city of Los Angeles; the global water crisis is not a topic to be taken lightly and students at the Advanced Technologies Academy, A-TECH, in Las Vegas, Nevada have taken a step forward in informing […]

February 13, 2014

Project Greenification

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Over the last few months, we have been working on our community service project called Project Greenification, along with our fellow QFI student team members: Katie Calderone, Eugeniu Carmanov, Jasper Lee, and Anna Mattia. Within our team, we identified two issues that we wanted to address through Project Greenification. The first is about raising environmental […]

February 11, 2014

My Visit to the Syrian Refugee Camps


In early January, QFI led a delegation of NGOs to Jordan to hear, first-hand, the education challenges faced by the refugees from Syria. In offices far from the conflict, it is easy to make assumptions based on the images and stories coming from the region, but in meetings with government officials, UN offices, international organizations, […]

February 6, 2014

Bringing Innovative Teaching to Math Classrooms in Qatar


On December 9, 2013, QFI’s OER Fellows participated in an International Math Collaboration OER Training put on by ISKME in Half Moon Bay, Calif. The one-day training gave math teachers from the Middle East and US the opportunity to share best practices for innovative math teaching and to collaborate to create new curriculum. The goal […]

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