Teach For Qatar Sees Increased Applications for 2nd Fellowship Cohort

Wed, 28 Jan 2015
More than 170 applications submitted within two months of opening

Teach For Qatar has received more than 170 applications for the second cohort of its Fellowship within two months of the opening of applications, signifying a notable increase from last year.

With applications for the 2015-2017 Fellowship closing at the start of April, Teach For Qatar continues to promote its two-year leadership development and teaching program through ongoing university roadshows.

“The first two months of recruitment for the second cohort have been a wonderful success,” said Al Anoud Darwish, Chief Development Officer of Teach For Qatar. “We have witnessed increasing interest in our Fellowship by graduates and young professionals seeking to give back to Qatar, and we hope to see this momentum build until the closing of applications at the beginning of April.”

Urging interested candidates to apply for the second cohort, Mohammed Subhan, Head of Recruitment, Selection and Matriculation at Teach For Qatar, said: "Since the Teach For Qatar Fellowship has attracted increasing interest this year, spaces are filling up quickly, so for those who are interested in applying, but have yet to do so, please be sure to visit our website and put in an application as soon as possible.”

Teach For Qatar recently hosted its first ‘Assessment Day’ of the year at Qatar Gas, in which shortlisted applicants participated in a day comprising several activities, exercises and quizzes that evaluate their abilities, skills and knowledge. Nearly 40 per cent of the applicants who have made it through to the final selection stage are Qatari and make up the largest demographic attending Teach For Qatar ‘Assessment Day’.

More than 11 ‘Assessment Days’ are scheduled for the next two months in order to meet the high demand for the program this year. All assessment days will be hosted on Qatar Gas premises as part of the company’s efforts to support educational institutions like Teach for Qatar.  

‘Assessment day’ is a unique experience that gives candidates the opportunity to network with their peers and Teach For Qatar staff in an interactive atmosphere. It is also the final step in the Teach For Qatar selective recruitment process, and comes after the initial application screening and preliminary interview.

Successful ‘Assessment Day’ participants will go on to receive intensive training at the Summer Institute, which begins in June, before embarking on their Fellowship journey at one of Doha’s independent schools in September.

“Upon placement in one of our partner independent schools, Teach For Qatar Fellows will receive continues training and support from their individual program managers, as well as the Teach For Qatar team,” said Noor Al-Khater, Head of Training and Support at Teach For Qatar.

“Additionally, the Teach For Qatar Fellowship is designed to ensure the optimization of Fellows’ leadership development as we guide them through their teaching experience throughout the two years.”

Founded by Her Excellency Sheikha Hind bint Hamad Al-Thani, Teach For Qatar is a local non-governmental organization (NGO) working to be part of the solution to the challenges faced by students in Qatar. It does this by reinvesting exceptionally talented leaders into the independent school system.

By providing its Fellows with the opportunity to guide and inspire the country’s future leaders inside the classroom, Teach For Qatar is actively seeking to address the value of teaching and its important role in realizing the Human Development Pillar of the Qatar National Vision 2030.

The Teach For Qatar Fellowship is designed to positively impact students in Qatar, and by working with its partner schools it has identified English, Mathematics and Science as high priority subjects. The second cohort of Fellows, like the first - who began their placements in September last year - will teach those subjects to 7th and 8th grade students.

Additionally, Teach For Qatar has also established strategic partnerships with several reputable companies in Qatar, through which a number of employees are being encouraged to undertake a two-year secondment with Teach For Qatar, to work as teachers in independent schools.

The Teach For Qatar model is guided by the successes of Teach For All, an international network supporting organizations in 35 countries. As a member of Teach For All, Teach For Qatar has access to more than 20 years of research on training, recruitment, and leadership development that is tailored to Qatar’s unique context.

Recent graduates and young professionals, whether nationals or residents, are encouraged to apply to Teach For Qatar for a chance to develop their leadership skills through a teaching placement at one of its partner independent schools in Doha.

Applications close on Wednesday 1st April 2015. For more information on how to apply please visit www.teachforqatar.org