Qatar is home to several private and international schools monitored by the country’s Supreme Education Council (SEC).
Qatar places major emphasis on education in line with the Qatar National Vision for 2030, which aims to make the country a self-sufficient, sustainable economy with a highly developed human capital. One of the pillars of the Vision is Human Development, which it aims to achieve through increased education opportunities for its people.
To meet this goal, Qatar has established a number of educational institutions both at a school as well as post-secondary level, which will in turn augment the country’s labour force. It will prepare individuals for a changing world in which they will require highly complex technical skillset.
Popular curricula such as the International Baccalaureate, British, American, French and Indian (Central Board of Secondary Education) are commonly followed by schools in Qatar. There are also schools that follow the curricula of different Arab communities such as Lebanese, Egyptian and Jordanian, and independent schools that are operated directly under the supervision of the SEC. The Independent school system in recent years has replaced the Ministry schools.
Most educational institutions run by the public sector in Qatar provide free education to children of government employees.
September is the month when most international schools begin their new academic year. Acquiring a school seat is not easy, as the demand outweighs supply at present. Register with as many schools as possible, a year in advance, to keep your options open.
There are many facilities that offer pre-school, primary and secondary education in Qatar. While most public schools have separate schools for boys and girls right from the primary level, private and international schools are largely co-educational. The majority of schools have chosen English as their language of instruction, including many run by local or Arab management.