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200 school leaders in Qatar attend QRCS disaster response courses
Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) has concluded a series of disaster management training workshops for 200 public school leaders. In cooperation with the Ministry of Education and Higher Education’s Training and Educational Development Center, five 2-day courses were held over one month, with a capacity of 40 trainees each. The sessions were instructed by a group of QRCS’s disaster management specialists. A wide range of emergency-related topics were covered, including urgent needs assessment, risk analysis, shelter and camp planning, health in emergency, nutrition and food aid, Sphere Project, and water and sanitation. During the sessions, there were working groups of the participants, where they had practice on planning and assessment to utilize the school premises as makeshift shelters for victims of natural disasters. Muna Fadel Al-Sulaiti, Executive Director of Volunteering and Local Development Division at QRCS, appreciated the cooperation from the Training and Educational Development Center. “This lays the foundation for further bilateral work to support the school community and promote a culture of preparedness,” she said. According to her, the participants recommended that such activities would be expanded to include administrative and academic staff, particularly safety and security committees, administrators, supervisors, and bus drivers. They showed willingness to attend advanced disaster management courses, as key components of the emergency management capacity. “I recommend these courses. We need self-education and preparedness for emergency,” said Yousef Al-Abdullah, Principal of Al-Wakra Secondary School for Boys. Tarek Saleh Al-Kuwari, Principal of Smeisma Secondary School for Boys, saw these courses as necessary for awareness of how to deal with emergencies. “They are strongly associated with the nature of schools,” said Nasser Jassem Al-Maliki, Principal of Ahmed Mansour Primary School for Boys, calling for field training opportunities in the future.