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Doha Learning Days centres around human values: WISE official

Doha Learning Days centres around human values: WISE official

Ailyn Agonia
DOHA
DIRECTOR of Programs and Content at the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) Dr Ameena Hussain has underlined that the Doha Learning Days (DLD) initiative focuses on celebrating the spirit of community in Qatar.
Speaking at the opening ceremony of DLD, the country’s first experiential learning festival, held at the Ceremonial Court in Education City on Thursday, the WISE official stressed the efforts of over 54 local and three international organisations in staging a festival built by the community for the community.
The event is also highlighted with the support of the Ministry of Education and Higher Education through participation of over 900 students.
“Our focus during the event is re-centring learning around human values. We have worked closely with our partners to present a programme that places the human element at the forefront of each leaning experience. Whether it be students working collaboratively to tackle questions around the climate crisis, families coming together to explore issues of well-being and mental health through play, or just interacting with other members of the community through art, music or simple conversation at Torba Market, Doha Learning Days aims to bring us all together in an exciting exploration of learning and innovation,” Hussain said.
“Indeed for the WISE team in particular, this project has been a journey of discovery. Over the past year, we have created new relationships within the community that we know will continue to flourish as the festival grows each year. From sponsors like ExxonMobil who powered this event, to the students who created the artwork you see around you here in Ceremonial court, this has truly been a festival built by the community for the community,” the WISE official added.
The six-day event kicked off with an entertaining, yet informative presentation of the Qatar Music Academy, Qatar Reads, Qatar Youth Orchestra and ACTory on responsible use of technology through music complimented with a narration.
The opening day also saw the opening of various activities supporting the message of the programme including the Torba Market, which features a number of local ventures.
Policy Development Office at WISE Farah Abel said, “We started in 2017 when we piloted local engagement activities where we organised with partners who curated sessions in different parts of the country. This year we wanted to do something more meaningful so we decided to gather the community in Education City.”
The event will be running until November 19 and feature more than 90 sessions. The main events will be held in the Ceremonial Court and Green Spine within the Education City. Offshoot activities will also be taking place in and around the main venue with sessions to be curated and led by partners.

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