SEK, first Spanish Educational Institution chosen to open an International School in Qatar

SEK International School – Qatar

  • Chosen by the Qatari Government as part of its “Outstanding Schools” initiative
  • Doors to open in September 2013 with 200 students of Early and Primary Education
  • Candidate school to offer the IB Primary Years Programme

The Supreme Education Council of Qatar has chosen SEK Educational Institution to open the first Spanish school in the country, in the framework of its “Outstanding Schools Program” (OSP). SEK-Qatar joins three schools, two British and one American, already operating under this prestigious scheme, in recognition of SEK’s strong credentials and standing in Spanish and international education.

“SEK International School – Qatar” will open its brand new facilities in central Doha, built under the OSP, in early September 2013 with approximately 200 Early and Primary Education students. Within three years, the school is expected to host 600 pupils. Pending IB authorization, the schools plans to offer the IB continuum of programmes PYP, MYP and DP. English will be the main language of instruction, and programmes to develop Spanish and Arabic fluency and mastery will be offered. In the educational context of Qatar, SEK-Qatar’s distinctive identity will be that of an international and Spanish school serving the local and international communities in Doha.

In labelling SEK centres as “Outstanding Schools”, the Qatari government has recognised the pioneering engagement of SEK International Schools with the IB Continuum of Programmes, dating back 35 years, its advanced methodology of teaching and learning, the Smart Classroom, and its state of the art technological and sports facilities.

Qatar’s Outstanding Schools Program

In recent years, The Government of Qatar has pursued an ambitious educational agenda with the goal of laying the foundations of a knowledge-based economy in order to diversify away from its current hydrocarbon-centred development. As part of this push, Qatar holds the influential World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE), labelled as the “Davos” of education. Prestigious world universities, such as American universities Georgetown, Carnegie Mellon and Northwestern, or the French Sorbonne, have been invited to set up campuses in the emirate.

In 2007, the Supreme Education Council of Qatar launched its “Outstanding Schools Program”, an initiative intended to encourage the establishment of top-tier international pre-university schools in Doha, to serve the increasing needs for international schooling in the country. SEK International School – Qatar will be only the fourth institution to join the initiative.