Yesterday, the activities of the first edition of the “Qatar Economic Forum – QEF2012”, which was held via video communication technology, concluded on June 21, 22 and 23, and discussions took place on the last day on education and the empowerment of women and children around the world in the wake of the global closure 16 months ago.
Views differed, in a session on the impact of the Corona virus on the lives of women around the world. The session of the “Action Plan for Women Leaders” focused on the impact of the economic crisis resulting from the spread of the virus on women worse than men, and how the crisis destroyed their job opportunities and increased the burden of unpaid work. Read also Qatar Economic Forum 2021: Technology (NFT) is an emerging field in the art market that generates huge revenues Qatar Economic Forum discusses the reality of digital currencies in the world and its future A new wave of inflation… messages of reassurance and positive expectations at the Qatar Economic Forum Qatar Economic Forum concludes its sessions by shedding light on women’s issues
Clinton clearly indicated several economic and social impacts, and how the burden was doubled on women due to their loss of income sources for their families. They are increasingly vulnerable to domestic violence.
She believes that all of these pressure factors will only lead to an inevitable result, which is the erosion of the working class, a fact that governments, businessmen and non-profit organizations must realize, to understand the discrimination tax borne by millions of women around the world, to put appropriate solutions for them within the plans of societies to recover from the effects of the epidemic .
Clinton also expressed concern about the number of girls who dropped out of education during the global closure period, some of whom are forced into early marriage and others are looking for work to help their parents, because e-learning is not easy for everyone, “and we know how exhausting it is to provide its requirements in many countries,” and added that The State of Qatar has already provided an exceptional model in making the education process more intertwined and effective during the pandemic period.
Sheikha Hind presented her vision for the situation of women during the months of the epidemic as a mother and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the “Teach For Qatar” Foundation, as she is working to compensate for what her children lost during the school closure period, and to understand the extent to which the child’s psychological state is affected by the school environment, and how bullying and racism in schools can deprive children of An environment conducive to learning and education.
She noted that as a mother, she no longer thinks of the school as an educational institution only, in which children spend their day, but as an environment parallel to the family, linked and influencing the “shape of the good family that we seek.” Thus, Sheikha Hind seeks, through the “Teach For Qatar” foundation, to teach children the importance of giving. And performing duties towards society before thinking about how to exploit it, and re-understanding the term successful economy in the State of Qatar, as the success that depends on what you provide to society, not how much money you earn.
On the other hand, interest in the future of education began in the “STEM and Economics Education” session to highlight the international measures taken to ensure the educational process from home, a year after schools were closed.
The Undersecretary of the Qatari Ministry of Higher Education, Dr. Ibrahim Al-Nuaimi, opened the session with what the ministry has achieved during the global closure period, and the state’s interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)-based education represented by the Qatar Academy for Science and Technology, which starts from the secondary stage, and aims to prepare students wishing to Obtaining specialized education in the fields of (STEM) in general, and the fields of engineering, computer science, and biomedical sciences in particular. It also allows students to collaborate on research projects with colleges, academic institutes, and industrial institutions across the country.
Al-Naimi pointed out that there are several laboratories for Qatari students, in areas aimed at keeping pace with the needs of the future, such as: information automation, robotics, virtual reality technology, mobile phone applications, data coding, and each specialization includes about 204 students, awaiting graduation next year, and joining scientific universities within The state.
He also stressed the state’s gains from investing in education, and paying attention to the advantage of specialization from a young age, within a larger plan that aims to allocate curricula in all Qatari schools to become universities specialized in STEM fields and to introduce international education curricula to Qatar, a plan that will not be completed unless all Boys and girls are equally competent.
The attendees unanimously agreed that if the spread of the Corona virus “Covid-19” (Covid-19) has any positive aspects, they are very few, and all of them revolve around teachers’ use of modern technologies to communicate with students and invent new ways to ensure the successful conduct of the educational process.
For his part, Greg Morrist, Dean and Vice President of Cornell Tech, said that while the virus imposed a ban on social life and all forms of direct communication, the ban that was based on women who coded data, it seems, has been lifted. The virus has left a society more resilient to women’s participation.
Morrist stressed the need for education bodies around the world to further network their relations, in order to work on “graduating batches of young people who are able to solve the current problems of our world” and not to retreat from the steps made by women in the fields of technology, which will not bear fruit if governments do not guarantee them Supportive and flexible work environments.