All-female Afghan robotics team gets scholarship to study at Qatar Foundation
The members of an all-female Afghan robotics team, evacuated from Afghanistan to Qatar, have been granted scholarships to study at Education City.
The scholarships are funded by Qatar Foundation (QF) together with Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD), QF announced yesterday.
Known as the ‘Afghan Dreamers,’ the all-girl team was brought to Doha recently on a flight organized by Qatari officials, following the Taliban takeover in Afghanistan.
The girls have been provided accommodation at Education City, where they are to continue their respective academic journeys.
With the largest of its kind education ecosystem in the world, QF’s Education City is home to eight of the world’s leading universities, as well as mainstream and specialized schools that cover K-12 to postdoctoral level education.
The QF-QFFD strategic partnership that supports the educational dreams of the Afghan students reflects QF’s belief that nothing should stand in the way of education. It also mirrors the Foundation’s commitment to ensure that people from Qatar and beyond can realize their potential.
Moreover, this endeavor shows how Qatar and its people show support and solidarity to those experiencing difficulty and hardships.
Her Excellency Sheikha Hind bint Hamad Al Thani, Vice-Chairperson and CEO, QF, commented, "These talented, creative students have been living through a time of uncertainty and upheaval, and at Qatar Foundation we want to do whatever we can to ease their concerns in the present while also helping them to look to the future."
"By providing them with scholarships to study at Education City, their education can now continue uninterrupted. We are currently assessing their specific needs to ensure they receive the learning experience within our schools and our pre-university preparatory program that best suits their abilities and their goals.
"Our priority is to ensure that these students feel safe, cared for, and confident in the knowledge that their education will not be affected by this immensely difficult period in their lives."
Director general QFFD, Khalifa bin Jassim Al Kuwari, said, "The educational program jointly funded by QF and QFFD provides high-quality technical training in the use of modern technologies which will enable Afghani female students to acquire the skills and knowledge that will allow them to be appropriately qualified and in demand within the labor market.
"We hope that this program and the strategic partnership between QFFD, QF and the Digital Citizen Fund will renew hope for a new generation of Afghani girls."
The founder of the Digital Citizen Fund (parent organization of the Afghan Girls Robotics Team), Roya Mahboob, said, "The team is excited and grateful for this opportunity to study abroad."
Under the scholarships, the girls will continue their high school studies and prepare for higher education, with placements being based on their educational assessments and their goals.
They will be able to hone their robotics skills with the facilities and expertise available at Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Texas A&M University at Qatar and Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar.
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