DIFI concludes ‘Child Wellbeing in Qatar’ symposium

DIFI Concluded a symposium titled ‘Child Wellbeing in Qatar’ at Qatar National Convention Centre, which saw participants create a list of comprehensive family policy recommendations for the region.

The event – held in partnership with Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs in Qatar and UNICEF in the Gulf Area Office – was attended by researchers, practitioners, policy makers and service providers from across Qatar.

The symposium began with a discussion on DIFI’s ‘Child Wellbeing in the Gulf’ report. The study systematically reviewed programs and policies, and focused on seven main factors: physical health, behavioral adjustment, psychological well-being, social relationships, safety, cognitive wellbeing, and economic security. The report also focuses on the international agenda and national strategies, as well as country-specific programs and policies.

The first session was led by Dr. Asmaa Al Fadala, Director of Research, World Innovation Summit for Education – an initiative of QF – and focused on child wellbeing in education. Speakers included Ms. Mariam Alboenian, Director of Early Years Education, Ministry of Education and Higher Education; Dr. Tamader Al Thani, Assistance Professor in Educational Psychology, Qatar University;  Ms. Ghada Haddad, Head of IB Training, Education Development Institute, QF, and Mr. Anthony MacDonald, UNICEF Head of Office & Senior Programme Officer in Qatar.

The second session on child health and wellbeing brought together experts including Dr. Sadriya Al Kohji, NHS Lead for Healthy Children and Adolescents, Ministry of Public Health, Assistant Director of Medicine for Child and Adolescent Health, PHCC. Dr. Muhammad Azeem, Chair, Department of Psychiatry, Sidra Medicine – a member of QF; and Dr. Rashed Ghareeb Al Buloushi, Director of Family and Counselling Department, Center and Mr. Hussain Al Harami, Head of Monitoring and Studies Department, Behavioral Healthcare Center. The session was chaired by Dr. Walid Qoronfleh, Director of Research and Policy, World Innovation Summit for Health – an initiative of QF.

The last session was led by Dr. Khalid Al Ansari, Chair of Emergency Medicine and Founder of Sidra Medicine’s Child Advocacy Program, and addressed child wellbeing and protection. Speakers included Mr. Mansour Al Saadi, Executive Director, Aman, Qatar Foundation for Social Work; Captain Shaheen Rashid Al Ateeq, Head of Awareness and Media Section, Juvenile Police Department; and Ms. Naseem Awl, Deputy Representative, UNICEF Gulf Area Office.

Opening Statement, click here

Agenda, click here

Event’s photos, click here

Presentations

Ms. Ghadah Haddad

Ms. Heba AlFarra

Mr. Rashid AlBlushi