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QRCS School Program trains 2800 beneficiaries in 50 schools
Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) has held 50 training courses under the QRCS School Program, with funding from Afif Charity, under a bilateral sponsorship agreement. The program is supervised by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education. Over one month, training courses and lectures were delivered to 2,500 students of primary, preparatory, and secondary levels. Also, there were 300 indirect beneficiaries, including teachers, administrative staff, bus drivers, and parents. The purpose of these events was to build their capacity in first aid, health education and risk reduction. They covered a wide range of first aid skills for bleeding, nosebleed, head injury, fracture, burn, epilepsy, and heat stroke. More health-related topics included protection against injuries, disease prevention, good diet, personal hygiene, communicable diseases, home safety, oral health, and smoking risks. In a statement, Muna Fadel Al-Sulaiti, Executive Director of Volunteering and Local Development Division at QRCS, said it was a very important program designed to create a safe school environment where individuals had the ability to help themselves and others. “This would translate into lower injury and mortality rates resulting from accidents,” she added. “The QRCS School Program seeks the modern knowledge-oriented society envisaged by Qatar National Vision 2030”. Ms. Al-Sulaiti commended this first joint operation with Afif Charity, which was fruitful in enhancing outreach and community engagement, capitalizing on the youth’s potential, protecting the school and local communities against injuries, building a well-educated generation capable of dealing with risks, and promoting a culture of first aid intervention. The QRCS School Program is a capacity-building program implemented at public and private schools, under an agreement with the Ministry of Education and Higher Education. It is part of the annual plan of extracurricular activities at Qatari schools. Over the past three years, the program was implemented at 159 schools, with a total of 11,000 beneficiaries. This reflects how its content and objectives are widely trusted.