QF students donate school supplies to Afghan refugees at the start of the school year – Doha News
Qatar students took part in a humanitarian campaign to support Afghan children recently evacuated from their war-torn country.
Qatar Academy Doha students have launched a heartfelt initiative to help Afghan children overcome educational challenges as the school year begins.
Grade 5 students at the school, part of the Qatar Foundation’s pre-university education, donated school supplies, including bags, pens and various school materials to Afghan refugee students staying at the Qatar after political escalations forced them to drop out of their schools.
“When we have a lot, we have to share it with others and give them what they need, in order to bring joy into their lives and alleviate their pain, especially for children,” said Mohammed bin. Jassim Al Thani, 11 years old. said former student at QAD explaining why he contributed to this humanitarian campaign.
“I have always believed in the value of donation and its importance in improving our human feelings; now we have the opportunity to make it happen, by donating and helping children who don’t have much because of events beyond their control, and always be by their side to support them in these difficult times.
“I am delighted to be a member of such a generous and supportive country, and I encourage everyone in Qatar to donate and participate.”
The fifth grade student encouraged all children his age to contribute to this initiative by packing school supplies and sending them as gifts to Afghan refugee children in Qatar to draw smiles on their faces.
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“I tried to put myself in their shoes and understand how they felt, and I imagined that I would be delighted if someone gave me such a gift,” said Najla Boussoufa, another student from QAD.
“Everything we give to the world comes back to us in one way or another, and I am grateful that I can donate and help bring relief to the refugees who are suffering. We hope they will be happy to receive these gifts, as they leave Qatar for their new homes, ”she added.
Another classmate, Abdullah Muhammad Sultan, said he took part in this campaign to help these children continue their education and bring joy to their lives.
“When I heard about this initiative, I wanted to contribute and help Afghan refugee children, give them supplies that could help them study or return to school, and add joy to their lives, because they live in difficult circumstances and some of them have lost or separated from their families, ”he said.
“I believe that all children have the right to learn, and I am delighted to provide school tools and activities to help them complete their education, and I encourage all children to do so. From this experience, I learned that helping others gives us satisfaction and kindness and that at some point we may all need people to support us and support us, ”Sultan continued.
QF students wrote personal letters to Afghan children to show solidarity and moral support.
Among the letters of hope, support and solidarity to Afghan refugee children was one from Boussoufa, who wrote: “I hope you have had a comfortable stay in Qatar so far, and I hope you have enjoyed yourself. set up and find a home that makes you feel happy and secure. Always remember that happiness comes from within us; if you have happy thoughts, you will always be a happy person.
QAD teachers were aware of the extremely positive role their students could play in supporting Afghan children; thus, they informed them of the situation in Afghanistan and informed them of ways to alleviate their pain and suffering.
“When our students heard about the situation in Afghanistan, there was a lot of class discussion about it. They are aware of what is happening in the world and the situation of the Afghan refugees has therefore prompted them to give, ”said Hanifa Azizur Rahman, grade 5 teacher at QAD.
“As much as the students learned from this initiative, so much we learned from them, and we realized that they also needed to be listened to. They are responsible and empathetic about the situation around them, but we must give them the opportunity and they will act, ”she added.
“This experience was a learning curve for them, they showed a great degree of maturity and responsibility, and I hope it will have a real influence on their lives. Students are our future leaders and they will make a difference in the world. They have excellent leadership skills and recognize that their opinions matter. It was inspiring to see their commitment to this initiative.
The teacher stressed the importance of teaching children the value of contribution and helping others as it enriches their human qualities and positively shapes their personality.
“The students are very aware of what is going on around them, and we have seen this in the letters they wrote.
“We were touched by their words and the mature way they discussed the issue. Our students know they are fortunate to be in a school that encourages them to discuss different topics, and because they are here they can make a difference, ”she continued.
Rahman noted that this humanitarian initiative was launched successfully through a collective effort between teachers and students.
“We are proud of our students and families for organizing this initiative in such a short period of time and while we are still in the midst of the pandemic.”