16 May 2018 - 10:34

TFQ’s campaign: Students learn mathematics from ExxonMobil President

The Peninsula

DOHA: As part of Teach For Qatar’s (TFQ) ‘Be A Teacher’ campaign,  Alistair Routledge, President and General Manager for ExxonMobil Qatar, taught a group of secondary school students mathematics at Qatar Academy.

‘Be A Teacher’ is a national campaign launched by Teach For Qatar that provides leading public figures and decision makers with the opportunity to teach in Qatar’s private and public schools.  

TFQ filmed the participant’s experiences through hidden cameras to provide the audience with a glimpse of the difficulty of the teaching profession. As a key local and inspirational figure that has a strong personal interest in education, Routledge was invited to take part in the campaign, and was one of the first individuals to agree to participate and teach a secondary school advanced math class at Qatar Academy.

Speaking about his experience, Routledge, said, “The lesson I taught has been one of the most rewarding and meaningful things I’ve ever done - I’m honoured and grateful that I was chosen to support this effort.”

“Teaching as we know it is grounded in a very deep appreciation of the true relationship between communicating knowledge and developing the learning experience, but the real challenge is in getting the message across to students so that it’s interesting and understandable — and to do that, you need the right skills and knowledge,” said Routledge.

This is why we see great value at ExxonMobil Qatar in ensuring that teachers in schools are well trained. If we’re going to equip students with the skills needed to succeed in the 21st Century who can help build sustainable societies, we must invest in our teachers and education systems today,” added Routledge.

Nasser Yousef Al Jaber, Chief Executive Officer of Teach for Qatar, said, “The ‘Be A Teacher’ campaign provides wonderful opportunities for students to talk and interact freely with the presidents of major businesses, well-known scientists and policymakers, and other leaders from the local community.

“It is such a great way to impart knowledge, and really make a difference in the lives of students. We’re very pleased to be part of Teach For Qatar’s work and to share their goal of helping young people build their future careers.”

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