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Report: Qatar Foundation plans to build new school for gifted kids

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Qatar Foundation Young Innovators Program
Qatar Foundation Young Innovators Program

On the heels of adding Texas teen Ahmed Mohamed to its young innovators program, Qatar Foundation is now working on opening a new school for talented children.

The facility is expected to open within the next three years and will have a special curriculum that provides “a unique and appropriate learning environment” to gifted students, senior officials told Qatar Tribune this week.

No details about the location of the school or application requirements have been released yet, but Buthaina Al Nuaimi, associate vice president for pre-university education at QF, said preparations for the school are in its final stages.

“QF strives to prepare students to be active players in society by developing and honing their skills,” Al Nuaimi was quoted as saying. “The school for gifted children is another institute catering to young innovators.”

Young innovators

QF has been promoting its young innovators program since the recent addition of Ahmed, its most high-profile student to date.

Ahmed Mohamed
Ahmed Mohamed

The 14-year-old and his family moved to Qatar last month, after touring the US and meeting President Barack Obama, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and NASA officials.

The teen shot to international fame after he brought a homemade clock to school in September and was arrested on suspicion of creating a hoax bomb in September.

Ahmed is attending Qatar Academy on scholarship and expected to have a full ride to an Education City university when he graduates.

On its website, QF highlighted other students and graduates of the young innovators program, including:

  • Mursy Khalid Mursy, a 14-year-old Sudanese student who began reading newspapers at the age of 2 years old, is a MENSA member and holds an IQ of 168;
  • Haidar Sabah Kabah, an Iraqi medical student at Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar (WCMC-Q) who aspires to become a surgeon and is researching a cure for diabetes; and
  • Iqbal Al Assaad, a Palestinian child prodigy who attended WCMC-Q and became one of the world’s youngest doctors after graduating from med school at age 20 in 2013.

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