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(MENAFN - Gulf Times) The Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar (CMU-Q) and the Jassim & Hamad Bin Jassim Charitable Foundation signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to create the Hamad bin Jassim Center for K-12 Computer Science Education and commitment funding of QR4mn. The centre will promote computer science education in schools throughout Qatar.

The Hamad bin Jassim Center for K-12 Computer Science Education aims to educate students in the fundamentals of computer science, helping to develop basic computational thinking skills. A second objective is to expose and raise awareness among students about the importance of computer science to the future of a knowledge-based society.

The MoU was signed by Ishaq Hashem, board member of the Jassim & Hamad Bin Jassim Charitable Foundation and Michael Trick, dean of CMU-Q. Representatives from the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs, Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF) and business leaders attended the signing.

To reach its objectives, the Hamad Bin Jassim Center will implement a curriculum based on Alice Middle East, the educational, interactive software that was developed at Carnegie Mellon, and adapted to a Middle East context at CMU-Q through funding from the Qatar National Research Fund.

These efforts will include training educators who will teach the Alice Middle East curriculum in their schools. In the 2017-18 academic year, all Ministry of Education and Higher Education government schools that teach information communication technology included Alice Middle East in the 11th-grade coursework.

'Computer science education is a key component of increasing Qatar's human development, in line with the Qatar National Vision 2030 and 2nd National Development Strategy 2018-2022. We are pleased that CMU-Q and the Jassim & Hamad Bin Jassim Charitable Foundation are partnering to promote this important area of study in Qatar's schools, said Fawziya al-Khater, assistant undersecretary for educational affairs of the Ministry of Education and Higher Education.

The MoU also provides for support for Mindcraft, a CMU-Q workshop for high school students that introduces them to computer science disciplines such as robotics, cryptography and computational thinking.

'Today, technology is driving nearly every discipline, including business, finance, medicine and education, said Michael Trick. 'This collaboration between the Jassim & Hamad Bin Jassim Charitable Foundation and CMU-Q will increase access to a high-quality computer science education for students across Qatar. The Hamad Bin Jassim Center for K-12 Computer Science Education will have a profound impact on Qatar, equipping the next generation with the tools to succeed in our technology-based society.

'Programmes such as Mindcraft and Alice Middle East spark an interest in computer science at a young age, which in turn encourages students to pursue it and other important STEM disciplines as they continue their education. As Qatar becomes more economically diverse and self-sufficient, programmes like these are incredibly important to prepare future generations, said Saeed Mathkar AlHajri, CEO of the Jassim & Hamad Bin Jassim Charitable Foundation.

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