Al-Bairaq

Project Representative
Dr. Noora Al-Thani
Creation Date: 2010
Headquarters: Qatar
Geographical Reach: Qatar
Nature and number of beneficiaries: 2,988 students in 131 schools
Expertise: Unspecified
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Al-Bairaq

About the Project

Al-Bairaq is a non-traditional education program that aims to support Qatar’s commitment in developing a knowledge-based economy, enriching its human capital, and improving its competitiveness through innovation, entrepreneurship, and applied research. Through Al-Bairaq, students are placed, trained and mentored toward becoming research assistants at Qatar University.

Context and Issue

Several scientific studies have recently shown that Qatari students lose interest in science and math during high school, leading to low academic achievement according to international curriculum standards.

Solution and Impact

Al-Bairaq aims at immersing secondary students in hands-on scientific activities and practice in order to build appreciation and understanding of the work of scientists and offering them new opportunities.

Established at Qatar University, Al-Bairaq is open to all secondary school students who wish to participate. Students spend one to three months working in small groups on a research project, guided by mentors at the university. So far, subjects have included the science of sport, nanotechnology, polymer science, and composite materials. The program stresses interdisciplinary research that can cover any STEM-related subject. At the end of their research, students present their results to an audience that includes industry and government representatives.

Students who participate in the program gain self-confidence as well as leadership and problem-solving skills.  They work side by side with research experts analyzing and interpreting data, and most importantly, developing new products.

Assessment and evaluation were carried out to measure the impact and attitudes of high school students towards pursuing science majors at university level. Research data indicates that the program has been effective in achieving its goals in encouraging students to consider scientific careers. The numbers of students and schools participating have grown from fewer than 243 students and seven schools in 2010-2011, to more than 946 students from 38 schools in 2013-2014.

Future Developments

Due to the success of the program, corporate sponsors such as Qatar Petroleum, Qatar Shell, Msheireb Properties and RasGas have pledged further support for maintaining and expanding of Al-Bairaq.

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Sajid Khan
Brain Education. The fact that brain education and mind education are lumped together as simply just the single entity of mind education has resulted in all this mess in society from constant tiredness, to unhappiness, to student failures, class divides, poverty, wars, corruption, crime, drug addiction and every other man made ill of society. With regards to the ills of society nothing changes simply because our experts have still not figured out that the mind and brain are two separate entities. They treat the mind and brain as the mind. As a result we have forty thousand books on happiness and not one makes much of a difference simply because all these books try to teach the mind happiness but when the brain is wired to generate unhappiness then the brain continues to generate unhappiness. Every single aspect of life is adversely impacted due to the ignorance of our mind experts not being able to figure out the differences between brain and mind. Whether it is the power of great leaders or the money of billionaires it cannot compensate for the devastating impact of the prevailing ignorance about the brain and mind differences. Take a good look at President Obama, Prince Charles, Tony Blair, Bill Gates, Richard Branson and most other men of power; they have little clue of how to relax their brains. As a result they almost always appear tired. Again all these tens of thousands of books trying to explain and teach wisdom fail because these books try to teach the mind wisdom while ignoring the emotional baggage in the brain. As a result the emotional baggage continues to generate ignorance; no matter how much the mind becomes educated about wisdom. Wisdom and emotional intelligence are the same entity; they are both the smoke where emotional health is the fire. So in effect all these books on emotional intelligence and wisdom try to explain and teach how to create smoke/wisdom without any knowledge that it is smoke they are trying to create without lighting the fire of emotional-health/brain-health. The world can be made wise and the ills of society can be drastically reduced by making the masses emotionally healthy through recognizing and harnessing the different nature of the human brain. It is well known that man becomes wise by old age. What happens is that the wisdom blocking emotional baggage in the brain gets ground out over many decades; leaving the brain emotionally healthy. The focus of wisdom education has to shift from trying to educate the mind about wisdom to healing the brain of all emotional baggage. What the world needs is brain education through emotionally healthy upbringing of the young and brain therapy for the rest of the population.
reply - Feb 21, 2017

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Sajid Khan's picture
Sajid Khan
Brain Education. The fact that brain education and mind education are lumped together as simply just the single entity of mind education has resulted in all this mess in society from constant tiredness, to unhappiness, to student failures, class divides, poverty, wars, corruption, crime, drug addiction and every other man made ill of society. With regards to the ills of society nothing changes simply because our experts have still not figured out that the mind and brain are two separate entities. They treat the mind and brain as the mind. As a result we have forty thousand books on happiness and not one makes much of a difference simply because all these books try to teach the mind happiness but when the brain is wired to generate unhappiness then the brain continues to generate unhappiness. Every single aspect of life is adversely impacted due to the ignorance of our mind experts not being able to figure out the differences between brain and mind. Whether it is the power of great leaders or the money of billionaires it cannot compensate for the devastating impact of the prevailing ignorance about the brain and mind differences. Take a good look at President Obama, Prince Charles, Tony Blair, Bill Gates, Richard Branson and most other men of power; they have little clue of how to relax their brains. As a result they almost always appear tired. Again all these tens of thousands of books trying to explain and teach wisdom fail because these books try to teach the mind wisdom while ignoring the emotional baggage in the brain. As a result the emotional baggage continues to generate ignorance; no matter how much the mind becomes educated about wisdom. Wisdom and emotional intelligence are the same entity; they are both the smoke where emotional health is the fire. So in effect all these books on emotional intelligence and wisdom try to explain and teach how to create smoke/wisdom without any knowledge that it is smoke they are trying to create without lighting the fire of emotional-health/brain-health. The world can be made wise and the ills of society can be drastically reduced by making the masses emotionally healthy through recognizing and harnessing the different nature of the human brain. It is well known that man becomes wise by old age. What happens is that the wisdom blocking emotional baggage in the brain gets ground out over many decades; leaving the brain emotionally healthy. The focus of wisdom education has to shift from trying to educate the mind about wisdom to healing the brain of all emotional baggage. What the world needs is brain education through emotionally healthy upbringing of the young and brain therapy for the rest of the population.
reply - Feb 21, 2017