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Afif Charity sponsors QRCS School Program in 50 schools
Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) has agreed with Afif Charity to support the QRCS School Program, which is implemented at public and private schools, under the supervision of the Ministry of Education and Higher Education. It is a capacity-building program for students, teachers, and administrative staff in first aid and health education. The agreement involves the sponsorship of health training and education in 50 schools. Training courses will be held for students of different grades on main first-aid skills for common injuries, whether for self or for others. Also, awareness sessions will discuss health topics of interest for society members in everyday life. The topics include the first aid of bleeding, nosebleed, head injury, fracture, burn, epilepsy, and heat stroke. Other examples are protection against injuries and diseases, food and hygiene, communicable diseases, home safety, oral health, and smoking risks. “We are happy for this cooperation with Afif Charity, within the bilateral mandate of empowering vulnerable groups, such as women and children,” said Muna Fadel Al-Sulaiti, Executive Director of Volunteering and Local Development Division at QRCS. “It goes in line with the overall government strategy of capacity-building and development of young generations, towards the human development goals of Qatar National Vision”. She added, “This support from Afif Charity is a testimony to the impressive success of the program. Within three years only, it could reach out to over 11,000 beneficiaries in 159 schools. In reflection of trust in its content and objectives, the program became part of the academic achievement requirements approved by the Ministry of Education”. Ms. Al-Sulaiti urged school managements to pay attention to this ambitious development program, as it contributes to the educational process by creating student leaderships that are capable of protecting the school community and beyond against risks and preserving the environment. It is a comprehensive program that covers health education and training, earthquake risk reduction, and social peace and integration. Zulaikha Hassan Al-Asmakh, Consultant to Board of Directors at Afif Charity, praised the agreement as an important step towards better preventive efforts and a joint work to protect vulnerable groups against future risks. Ms. Al-Asmakh noted, “Afif Charity is fully aware of the importance of this kind of awareness programs to make positive results. They fall under the comprehensive concept of awareness against disasters, through protection and education of students, so that they become active contributors to the development of this country”. She emphasized cooperation as key to promoting awareness and enhancing individual and community resilience.