‘Afghan dreamers’ flown to Qatar for education, wellbeing

All-female Afghan robotics team receive scholarships to study at Qatar foundation with joint funding from Qatar Fund for Development.

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Doha, Qatar: The members of an all-female Afghan robotics team evacuated from Afghanistan to Qatar are to continue their education through scholarships to study at Qatar Foundation’s Education City, jointly funded by Qatar Fund for Development

The team, known as the ‘Afghan Dreamers’, were flown to Doha on a flight organized by Qatari officials after their home country came under Taliban rule and are now being housed at Education City, where they will receive scholarships that enable them to keep pursuing their studies through a strategic partnership between Qatar Foundation (QF) and Qatar Fund For Development (QFFD).

QF’s Education City houses the largest education ecosystem of its kind in the world, comprising eight universities—including branch campuses of some of the world’s leading universities—and both mainstream and specialized schools, and offers education spanning K-12 to postdoctoral level. The strategic partnership that has enabled the Afghan students to study at Education City reflects QF’s belief that nothing should stand in the way of education and its commitment to ensuring people from Qatar and beyond can realize their potential, while also further demonstrating how Qatar and its people show support and solidarity for those experiencing hardship and upheaval.

“These talented, creative students have been living through a time of uncertainty and upheaval, and at Qatar Foundation we want to do whatever we can to ease their concerns in the present while also helping them to look to the future,” said Sheikha Hind bint Hamad Al Thani, Vice Chairperson and CEO of Qatar Foundation.

“By providing them with scholarships to study at Education City, their education can now continue uninterrupted,” he further said. “Our priority is to ensure that these students feel safe, cared for, and confident in the knowledge that their education will not be affected by this immensely difficult period in their lives.”

Khalifa bin Jassim Al Kuwari, Director General of Qatar Fund for Development, said that the educational program jointly funded by QF and QFFD provides high-quality technical training in the use of modern technologies which will enable Afghani female students to acquire the skills and knowledge that will allow them to be appropriately qualified and in demand within the labor market.

“We hope that this program will renew hope for a new generation of Afghani girls,” he said.

Roya Mahboob, the founder of the Digital Citizen Fund, parent organization of the Afghan Girls Robotics Team, said: “The team is excited and grateful for this opportunity to study abroad.

“Qatar Foundation’s Education City, a remarkable campus made up of leading academic and research institutions from around the world, is a place where the girls can realize their full potential. The children of Afghanistan are eager and ready to continue making great contributions to the world.”

At QF and in collaboration with QFFD, the Afghan Dreamers will be supported in continuing their high school studies and preparing for higher education, with placements being based on their educational assessments and their goals. They will also have the opportunity to keep enhancing their robotics skills through the facilities and expertise available at QF member Hamad Bin Khalifa University, and QF partner universities Texas A&M University at Qatar and Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar.

The students travelled to Qatar after their parent organization, the Digital Citizen Fund, worked with Qatar’s government to secure their visas.