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QFFD signs MoU with Lebanese Ministry of Education

  • Jun 16, 2021
  • Author: QT-Online
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The State of Qatar, represent by Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD), signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Lebanese Republic, represented by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, to provide scholarships for 400 male and female students to complete their education at the American University of Beirut, in cooperation with the Education Above All Foundation, which will manage the project through Qatar scholarships program.
The five-year MoU will target Lebanese and Syrian and Palestinian refugees in Lebanon.
On this occasion, HE Director of QFFD Khalifa bin Jassim Al Kuwari said: "Through this agreement, we reaffirm the State of Qatars concern to support education, securing a decent life, which supports the process of sustainable human development through which the desired development goals of the United Nations are achieved, specifically the fourth goal of sustainable development, namely: ensuring fair and inclusive education and promoting lifelong learning for all."
"We believe that supporting education is one of the basic pillars of human development and the key to success, and today's agreement comes as a continuation of Qatars role in supporting the fourth goal of the sustainable development goals," HE Al Kuwari added.
For his part, HE Lebanese Minister of Education and Higher Education Dr. Tariq Al Majzoub, said: "In the sea of crises and strong waves, friends appear as a flare spreading hope for salvation. We are pleased to celebrate today the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the Ministry of Education and Higher Education in Lebanon and the Qatar Fund for Development. This memorandum aims to contribute to the strengthening of the university education sector in Lebanon, by providing university scholarships for undergraduate and diploma students, covering 400 male and female students."
"We look forward to the continued support of the State of Qatar and its institutions for education in Lebanon, because education is the essence of the development of nations, and the only way to achieve sustainable development at all levels. We pledge, as an official figure, to sponsor the implementation of this program, based on the desire of the State of Qatar and its institutions to facilitate the procedures that ensure the implementation of the content of this memorandum in all transparency," HE the Minister added.
Fahad Al Sulaiti, CEO of Education Above All Foundation said: "As part of the educational rehabilitation in Lebanon, we are proud to enter into this important partnership agreement with the American University of Beirut. The partnership has a unique target breakdown, 70% of the beneficiaries will be Lebanese youth, while 30% will be refugees from Palestine and Syria."
The State of Qatar, through QFFD along with its strategic partner Education Above All, continue the mission of providing education to developing countries and helping students to complete their education journey, in line with the State of Qatars direction in supporting education promoting peace and justice through sustainable and inclusive development.
On the sidelines of his visit to Beirut, HE Director of QFFD Khalifa bin Jassim Al Kuwari met with HE Director of the UNESCO Regional Office in Beirut Costanza Farina, in the presence of HE Ambassador of the State of Qatar to Lebanon Mohammed Hassan Jaber Al Jaber.
The meeting reviewed the latest developments of the projects funded by QFFD and what has been achieved, especially the restoration of educational buildings damaged by the port explosion, in the context of completing the pledges of the State of Qatar to provide aid to Lebanon.