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The Supreme Education Council (Arabic: المجلس الأعلى للتعليم‎, abbreviated SEC) started as a Qatari government agency responsible for education in Qatar.
It was established in November 2002. It is responsible for overseeing and directing the education system in Qatar and, subsequently, all of the country's independent schools. At the time of its founding, it replaced the Ministry of Education, which has since had its responsibilities reduced to providing support for the country's private schools. The Ministry of Education's personnel were consolidated into the SEC in 2009.
The Supreme Education Council was renamed to the Ministry of Education and Higher Education by a Amiri Decree in 2014 . At that time in 2002 The Arab Supreme Education Council has been established to overseer the Educational affaires of the member countries - Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Kingdom Of Bahrain, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Oman and Jordan.

The Arab Supreme Education Council has a SR9 billion (US$2.4bn) project to be implemented over the 10 years to create a skilled and work force for the future. A number of schools in Jeddah, Riyadh and Dammam have been selected for the implementation of this project. More than 400,000 teachers will be trained for the new program. In addition, this project will emphasize on extracurricular activities for the purpose of developing intellectual, creative and communicative skills.

The program to improve public education has received the highest budget, amounting to SR4.2 billion (US$1.12 billion). Another SR3.58 billion (US$954.6 million) has been allocated to extra-curricular activities whilst SR2.943 billion (US$784.8 million) was assigned to train male and female teachers. The curriculum development program has been given a sum of SR980 million (US$261.3 million). The concerned authorities will prepare an operational plan for the project that is expected to be completed shortly.

The project, by achieving a number of objectives including: the development of educational curricula to comply with modern scientific and technical developments and meet the value-based, knowledge, professional, psychological, physical, mental and lifestyle needs of male and female students and re-qualification of teachers and preparing them to carry out their educational duties. Among the goals of the project is improving the educational environment and preparing to utilize information and communication technology (ICT) in education to stimulate learning. This is in order to achieve a higher level of efficiency in acquiring information and training, as well as strengthening personal and creative capabilities, developing skills and hobbies, satisfying psychological needs of students, and strengthening ideas as well as national and social relations through extra-curricular activities of various kinds.

In addition to the national experience, the project will take into consideration international experiences through correspondence with- and benefiting from- international educational institutions.


The Chairman of the Committee suggested that the committee should benefit from international experiences and expertise in the process of reforming and developing education by visiting and listening to information and opinions based on successful global experiences. Based on these directives, a number of committees were formed by representatives and the committee . A number of visits have been organised to the United States, United Kingdom, Ireland, Austria, Switzerland, Canada, France, New Zealand, Malaysia, Singapore, Korea, China and Japan.

Arab Supreme Education Council has set strategic plans to develop education like in other countries around the world. For example in December 2006, the United Kingdom issued a statement reflecting its vision for education until 2030. This vision stated that schools, which have their own private budgets, as well as departments of local and national education, must design educational services in accordance with achieving international standards.

It has been observed that the training of teachers is important to the aforementioned countries. Specialized authorities were created to supervise the process of preparing and training teachers before and after being appointed for the job. It was emphasized through visits to these countries that the training of teachers is divided into two stages: pre-teaching training conducted by universities and institutions specializing in preparing teachers and training whilst at work, which is carried out .

Arab Supreme Education Council’s project for the development of public education will target the four constituent elements. The development of curricula is a vital and continuous process that is required to meet the needs of communities in order to preserve values and traditions. In addition, it is important that these curricula keep up with the scientific and technological developments and present them using correct scientific methods through trained and qualified teachers. This is in addition to providing them with ongoing training even after appointment to ascertain their understanding of the latest experience and the best use of technical equipment through an integrated learning environment.

 

 

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