29 de novembro de 2014

Qatar, Brazil to expand education programme

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Qatar, Brazil to expand education programme
10:16 PM
President Dilma Rousseff: receptive to the plan

By Joey Aguilar
Staff Reporter

Qatar and Brazil are planning to expand an ongoing education programme in five schools in Rio de Janeiro to more Brazilian schools, the Latin American country's charge d’affaires Viviane Rios Balbino told Gulf Times.
"The recent visit of the newly re-elected Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff to Qatar has opened various opportunities for a better collaboration on education, research and development, specifically between Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF) and Brazil," she explained.
QF sponsors a few schools in Brazil and offers Arabic programme (a pilot project) in five schools in Rio De Janeiro.
Balbino stressed that President Rousseff was “very receptive” to the plan during her meeting with HH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, chairperson of QF.
"President Rousseff and HH Sheikha Moza expressed their interest to also expand the Arabic language programmes offered in Brazil in federal universities,” she said.
President Rousseff wants to include Qatar as part of the “Science Without Borders,” which Balbino described as a very large exchange programme in universities in Brazil. The Brazilian government finances the scholarship for students, under-graduation and graduate students to travel abroad.
“It has to do with the fact that our research and our scholars also have to open up to the world,” the embassy official said.
She believes there is a good outlook for co-operation in education, research and development between the two countries. Referring to student (not institutional) exchanges, Balbino said two Brazilian students are studying in Education City in Doha.
President Rousseff was also keen to learn about HH Sheikha Moza’s “Educate a Child (in partnership with the United Nations),” launched in 2012. The initiative has already committed support to 2.5mn children in 33 countries.
It works with local communities to overcome barriers to education and develop solutions which can be scaled up and replicated. The goal is to support 10mn children into school by the end of the 2015-16 school year.
“President Rousseff was very interested and offered her collaboration and the co-operation of the Brazilian government,” said Balbino. “I think from now on Brazil would be Qatar's partner in this initiative.”
Citing the strategic partnership agreed between HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani and President Rousseff, the embassy official added that high-level meetings will take place from March next year both in Doha and in Brazil.

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