QF students share school supplies with Afghan refugees
Students from Qatar Academy Doha donated bags, pens and school supplies to Afghan refugee children in Doha to support them and help them overcome challenges – as well as to make them smile.
Grade 5 students at the school, which is part of the Qatar Foundation’s pre-university education, described the experience of making a contribution to humanity, which also included writing personal letters. to Afghan children – as bringing “beautiful” emotions.
“When we have a lot, we have to share it with others and give them what they need, in order to bring some joy into their life and alleviate their pain, especially for children,” Mohammed said. bin Jassim Al Thani, 11 years old. – a former student of Qatar Academy Doha (QAD), as he explained why he had started providing backpacks, school materials and toys to young refugees.
“I have always believed in the value of donation and its importance in improving our human feelings; now we have the opportunity to achieve this, by donating and helping children who do not have much due to events beyond their control, and always be by their side to support them in these hard times.
“I am delighted to be a member of such a generous and supportive country, and I encourage all Qataris to donate and participate.”
Al Thani encouraged all fifth graders to prepare school supplies, wrap them and send them as gifts to Afghan refugee children in Qatar, to make them feel happy and hopeful, with the initiative receiving a favorable reception.
“I tried to put myself in their shoes and understand how they were feeling, and I imagined that I would be delighted if someone gave me such a gift,” said Najla Boussoufa, student at QAD, about the campaign to provide bags full of souvenirs and toys to young people. in order to bring a little light into their life.
“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 some relief to the refugees who are suffering. We hope they will be happy. to receive these gifts, as they are leaving Qatar for their new homes. “
Another student, Abdullah Muhammad Sultan, said: “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 home. school, and add joy to their lives as they live in difficult circumstances and some of them have lost or been separated from their families.
“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 good, and that at some point we may all need people to support us and support us.
Among the letters of hope, support and solidarity to Afghan refugee children, who were forced to leave their homeland, was one from Boussoufa, who wrote: “I hope you had a comfortable stay in Qatar until now, and I hope you settle in and find a home that makes you feel happy and safe. Always remember that happiness comes from within us, if you have happy thoughts you will always be a happy person.
Hanifa Azizur Rahman, 5th grade teacher at QADsaid, “When our students heard about the situation in Afghanistan, there was a lot of discussion in class about it. They are aware of what is going on in the world, and therefore the situation of the Afghan refugees has prompted them to give.
“As much as the students learned from this initiative, we learned from them and we realized we had to listen to them. They are responsible and empathetic about the situation around them, but we just have to give them the opportunity and they will act.
“This experience has been a learning curve for them, they have shown 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. “
Rahman explained that instilling the value of contribution and giving in children, and incorporating it into activities organized by schools, is important for the lives of students, as it is an experience that makes them proud and happy, emphasizing that what children offer to others, through their own actions, helps shape their personalities in a way that accompanies them as they grow up.
“The students have a great awareness of what is going on around them, and we saw it in their letters that they wrote,” she said. “We were touched by their words and the way they discussed the matter in a mature manner.
“Our students know that they are fortunate to be in a school that encourages them to discuss different topics, and because they are here they can really make a difference.”
Hanifa explained that working on this initiative was a collective effort between teachers and students, saying, “We are proud of our students and families for organizing this initiative in such a short period of time, and while we are still at the middle of the pandemic. . “