Qatar’s 2022 FIFA World Cup inspires school kids
DOHA: The first ever FIFA World Cup in the Middle East is already inspiring a whole generation of youngsters who are looking forward to seeing their idols play from close quarters in stadiums in Qatar.
The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) went to different schools across Qatar to find out what school kids thought about the tournament in 2022.
“When I learned that Qatar will host the World Cup, I thought they will never, ever win it. But now since they won the Asian Cup (U-19), I thought of course, why not, they will win at least a few matches,” said Rashid, 11 years old, from Qatar.
Fahad, a sixth-grader from Palestine commented: “If you see it on TV it wouldn’t be as exciting as if you were with the crowd, with everybody cheering and watching the match at the stadium.”
Never before has a FIFA World Cup had the potential to make such an impact on youngsters across an entire region.
Thirty percent of the Middle East and North Africa’s population is aged between 15 and 29 which make a total of around 100 million people.
For the Supreme Education Council (SEC) in Qatar, the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar forms part of the Social Sciences curriculum being taught across the country to make students aware of the importance of hosting the world’s greatest football tournament.
“The teaching of topics related to the 2022 FIFA World Cup in the curriculum of various educational levels -fourth, seventh grades and second secondary- comes within the framework of the efforts made by the SEC to explain the importance of this exciting global event. In Arabic language, students analyse texts related to hosting,” said Afrah Ahmed Al Rayashi, team leader of Social Sciences in the office of Curriculum Standards at the SEC.
“In physics, they are asked to conduct research related to cooling technology. They also learn about National Sport Day,” he added.
Students also learn about major sporting events that Qatar has hosted in the past such as the Doha 2006 Asian Games, as well as looking forward to the legacy of the 2022 FIFA World Cupin terms of preserving the environment, using clean energy in cooling stadiums and creating an overall sustainable event.
The SC has been placing an emphasis on education initiatives as part of creating a lasting legacy for the tournament in Qatar and the region. Talking in a panel discussion at the WISE Summit on education in Doha earlier this month, the Secretary General of the SC, Hassan Al Thawadi, highlighted the importance of overcoming obstacles and creating opportunities in the Middle East.