Education in Qatar
Qatar’s education system is control by The Supreme Education Council and the Ministry of Education. As oil has made Qatar increasingly wealthy the nation’s government has invested huge sums of money into education. The citizens of Qatar have the lowest level of illiteracy in the Arab world. Like other Arab nations Qatar has had to rely on foreign workers to get its economy moving but now it is hoping to lessen this reliance by training and educating its own citizens to take over the roles carried out by expats. For Muslim expats sending your child to a state run school is a good idea due to the shared values and religion. Non-Muslims however should send their children to private or international schools as most of the qualifications a child earns at a Qatari state school are not recognised in the wider world.
The majority of state funded schools do not allow foreign students to attend. If they do allow expat children in the priority is for local Arab children or Arab expatriates. Places for non-Muslims are incredibly scarce. If your child is not Muslim then it’s a good idea to send them to a private school as attending a state school could be very alienating for them.
There are a large number of private and international schools in Qatar to provide for the needs of the large number of expats living in the country. The standard of education varies in the private schools but international ones provide an excellent education. Wealthy Qataris often choose to send their own children to international schools so expat children get to mix with locals.
The international schools based in Qatar include Qatar academy, American school of Doha, The Gulf English School and many others. Depending on which school you choose your child will be educated using either the UK curriculum or an international equivalent.