Community Engagement

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    Overview

    A key part of the Al Qasimi Foundation's mission is to develop and deliver strategic programs and initiatives that strengthen the Ras Al Khaimah community. We are committed to designing, offering, supporting, and funding professional development opportunity to those working in the education sector and local government agencies in the Emirate. The Foundation also focuses on supporting marginalized members of the community, including the prison population and elderly, and seeks to identify new areas of the local community that could benefit from professional development support. While these areas form the central focus of the Foundation's Innovation activities, we strive to create an ecosystem of collaboration, working with local partners to establish sustainable growth and find creative solutions to enact positive change in our community.

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    Educators

    Since 2010, the Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi Foundation for Policy Research has provided professional development programs for teachers at government and private schools in Ras Al Khaimah. The programming has sought to help them solve the challenges they face in their schools and increase student engagement and learning, thus raising the overall standard of education in the emirate. Presently, activities include professional development courses and workshops, a virtual platform called the Ras Al Khaimah Teachers Network, and an international teacher exchange program. In 2018, the Al Qasimi Foundation signed a memorandum of understanding with the Ministry of Education (MOE) to formalize our ongoing collaboration in professional development programming.

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    Government & Community

    The Al Qasimi Foundation is committed to meeting the needs of all members of the Ras Al Khaimah community. Our government and community initiatives aim to strategically advance the public sector in the emirate, particularly the effectiveness of local government employees and the support for vulnerable members of the community, The Foundation works with local organisations to expand the capability of their institutions, and thus the broader public sector in the emirate, by providing continuous professional development opportunities. The Foundation also works with the Ras Al Khaimah Correctional Facility to support its inmates and guards through the RAK Prison Program. The program aims to provide access to educational and recreational resources and courses, as well as creating a dedicated, flexible learning space for prison activities.

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    Events

    The Al Qasimi Foundation pursues an invested interest in education, community development, and community engagement through our regular hosting of events for both students and adults. Through our annual events, including the Majlis, Women@Work, and Creative Dialogues series’, the Foundation brings together academics, artists, professionals, teachers, and local individuals, fostering an environment of community and knowledge sharing in Ras Al Khaimah, the Middle East, and across the world. We also host one-off events with guest speakers throughout the year that focus on specific topis including scholarships and applying to overseas universities, as well as several academic conferences.

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