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04 Dec 2017

Qatar Foundation for Social Work Signs Memorandum of Understanding with Qatar Nanny Training Academy


Qatar Foundation for Social Work (QFSW) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Qatar Nanny Training Academy (QNTA) in an effort to promote integral partnership among all civil society organizations and to raise awareness about common objectives adopted by both parties. In signing this MoU, QFSW demonstrates its commitment to support, enhance, and promote civil society organizations operating under its umbrella, developing and activating their role in society, in addition to developing strategies, policies, and programs that contribute to the advancement of these organizations so as to enable them achieve the goals for which they were established.

The signing also reflects the desire of QNTA, member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, to enrich the lives of Arab Muslim families by providing training and academic support to Arabic-speaking nannies so that they can teach and promote Islamic values ​​in our society.

Given the fact that the two parties value the importance of promoting mutual cooperation to achieve common objectives, the MoU was signed by Ms. Amal bint Abdul Latif Al-Mannai, CEO of Qatar Foundation for Social Work, and Dr. Yusuf Abdulrahman Al-Mulla, Chairperson of the Qatar Nanny Training Academy.

Al-Mannai said that this MoU marks the beginning of long–sought cooperation between the two sides, as it establishes a “general” framework for the action plan that will be activated by the centers operating under the QFSW umbrella and in collaboration with QNTA.

She added that QFSW strives to enhance the supporting technical performance of the centers working under its umbrella by developing and activating their technical and administrative capacity, improving supportive environment for an advanced and comprehensive quality system, creating capacity-building programs, and developing a culture of innovation and results-based management.

Ms. Al-Mannai also confirmed; “In our beloved Qatar, we are proud of the attention our wise leaders pay to the role of civil society organizations in promoting social renaissance and giving priority to human development over material construction. This comes as part of our leaders’ interaction with matters pertaining to development in general and human development in particular, which will benefit all social classes.”

On the hand, QNTA’s Chairperson Dr. Yusuf Abdulrahman praised the role played by the Academy in supporting human and social development initiative in Qatar. He stressed that this MoU is part of the ongoing efforts made by the Academy to achieve excellence as being the first organization of its kind in the Middle East. He re-emphasized the importance of continued cooperation and partnership between the Academy and other social institutions in the country.

It is worth mentioning that out of her strong willingness to contribute to the human and social development in Qatar, and believing in the need to establish a society characterized by self-confidence and positive values and behavior, Her Highness Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser founded the Qatar Foundation for Social Work (QFSW) in July 2013 as a private institution for public benefit, in accordance with the Legislative Decree No. 21 of 2006 on the establishment of private institutions for public benefit, and amendments thereto. QFSW was founded to develop civil society organizations working under its umbrella, enhancing their capacity, promoting them, and developing and activating their role in society, as well as developing strategies, policies, and programs that contribute to the advancement of these organizations so as to enable them achieve the goals for which they were established. The following centers are the civil society organizations working under the QFSW umbrella: Protection and Social Rehabilitation Centre (AMAN); Family Consulting Center (FCC) “Wifaq”; Empowerment for the Orphans “Dreama”; Center for Empowerment and Elderly Care “Ehsan”; Shafallah Center for People with Disabilities “Shafallah”; Social Development Center “Nama”; and Best Buddies Qatar.

Moreover, Qatar Nanny Training Academy (QNTA) is a private institution for public benefit established by Her Highness Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser, on 25 November 2012 under the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development. In general, it aims to provide education and training services to nannies by equipping them with necessary skills and expertise in the field of childcare and education to contribute to the overall development of emerging generations while protecting the national Islamic identity of Qatar.

QNTA’s Managing Director Ms. Hissah Al-Mansouri mentioned that the Academy has succeeded in training more than 100 graduates to meet the growing needs of qualified nannies. In addition, it played an important role in training home nannies specially demanded by families to serve in specific areas, such as household safety and general child health.

It is worth mentioning too that QNTA has expanded its enrollment scope for this academic year to include new countries, such as Thailand and Jordan, and is now cooperating with various embassies to attract nannies to join the sixth batch of its academic program.

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