QFI programming efforts depend in large part on having strong local partners who share our overall goal of promoting global citizenship. We work closely with our partners to ensure programmatic efficiency, relevancy, and innovation. Our operational partners range from secondary schools in the USA, Qatar, Brazil and elsewhere, to corporations, universities, and foundations.
The South America-Arab Countries Library and Research Center was founded on January 2003 and is a non-profit legal entity of unspecified duration. The purpose of the South America-Arab Countries Library and Research Center is to develop socio-cultural and economic activities in South America, especially in Brazil, and in Arab countries.
Building upon a strong foundation of science, partnership and field demonstration, CI empowers societies to responsibly and sustainably care for nature, our global biodiversity, for the long term well-being of people. Founded in 1987 and marking its 25th anniversary in 2012, CI has headquarters in the Washington DC area, and 900 employees working in nearly 30 countries on four continents, plus 1,000+ partners around the world.
Doha Film Institute
The Doha Film Institute (DFI) is an independent cultural organisation established in 2010 to incorporate Qatar’s film initiatives under one banner. DFI’s many initiatives include film and television funding for MENA and international films, year-round education programs, film screenings, and the annual Doha Tribeca Film Festival (DTFF).
Earth Day Network
The Earth Day Network was founded on the premise that all people, regardless of race, gender, income, or geography, have a moral right to a healthy, sustainable environment. EDN’s mission is to broaden and diversify the environmental movement worldwide, and to mobilize it as the most effective vehicle for promoting a healthy, sustainable environment. EDN pursues its mission through a combination of education, public policy, and activism campaigns. Earth Day Network has a global reach with more than 20,000 partners and organizations in 190 countries. More than 1 billion people participate in Earth Day activities, making it the largest secular civic event in the World.
QFI has partnered with EDN to bring Earth Day events to Doha, Qatar. In April 2010, EDN and QFI commemorated the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, and the first ever held in Qatar, by holding an environmental conference and workshop at Carnegie Mellon University in Education City, Doha.
iEARN (International Education and Research Network) is a non-profit organization made up of over 30,000 schools and youth organizations in more than 130 countries. iEARN empowers teachers and young people to work together online using the Internet and other new communications technologies. Over 2,000,000 students each day are engaged in collaborative project work worldwide. iEARN International is registered as an NGO in Spain and has an international office in Callus, Spain. Since 1988, iEARN has pioneered on-line school linkages to enable students to engage in meaningful educational projects with peers in their countries and around the world.
Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) is a world leader in computing innovation. The company designs and builds the essential technologies that serve as the foundation for the world’s computing devices. Additional information about Intel is available at newsroom.intel.com and blogs.intel.com. QFI has partnered with Intel to translate into Arabic core math and science video modules from the acclaimed Khan Academy and pre-load the materials on Intel desktops and laptops.
Khan Academy is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization with a mission of providing a free world-class education for anyone, anywhere. Khan Academy believes students of all ages should have free access to top-notch educational content and be able to learn and master the content at their own pace. Khan Academy offers thousands of short educational videos across subjects, practice exercises, and a data rich dashboard for teachers and users through its site.
Meedan.net is a digital town square where people in the Arabic- and English-speaking worlds can share conversations and links about world events with speakers outside of their native language community. Everything that gets posted on meedan.net is mirrored in Arabic and English – whether it’s story headlines, reader comments, or the articles that members post. Using this technology, QFI is partnering with Meedan to build a web-based cross-language social networking platform that will facilitate ongoing learning and social connections between it's programmatic partners.
Meridian International Center
Meridian International Center, founded in 1960, is a leading non-partisan, not-for-profit organization based in Washington, D.C. and dedicated to strengthening international understanding. Meridian builds sustainable global partnerships through leadership exchanges, international collaboration and cultural diplomacy, and is well known and respected for its 50-year history of bringing international visitors together around key issues of the day.
National Geographic Photo Camp
National Geographic Photo Camp has provided programs for more than 1,000 young people in over 50 locations since 2003. VisionWorkshops has implemented over 50 Photo Camps, from refugee settlements in Uganda and Jordan, to Native American reservations in Taos, NM and Pine Ridge, SD, to inner city neighborhoods in New York, Miami, Baltimore and Washington, D.C.
National Youth Leadership Council
The National Youth Leadership Council (NYLC) links youth, educators, and communities to redefine the roles of young people in society. That movement is service-learning, and it empowers youth to transform themselves from recipients of information and resources into valuable, contributing members of a democracy.
Ocean for Life
Ocean for Life is an initiative to increase cultural understanding through ocean science. It provides high quality, immersive ocean field studies and subsequent education programs for students of diverse cultures and backgrounds. At the center of Ocean For Life are high school students from Western and Greater Middle Eastern countries who have been selected to participate in a group field experience in a National Marine Sanctuary in the United States.
OneWorld Now! is an award-winning and innovative social venture that exists to develop the next generation of global leaders. OWN is committed to providing critical language skills, leadership training and study abroad opportunities to underserved youth. OneWorld Now! is developing global leaders by supporting youth in being successful in all areas of their lives. Beyond the language, leadership and study abroad program, OWN supports youth through mentorship, college prep and networking for scholarships, internships and career opportunities.
Shell is the largest foreign investor in Qatar investing up to $21 billion in the last 6 years. In addition to building two of the largest energy projects in the world with Qatar Petroleum in Qatar, Shell has established a world-class research and development facility and a learning centre, the Qatar Shell Research & Technology Centre, at the Qatar Science & Technology Park. Shell has a financial commitment to invest up to $100 million on programmes at the Centre over a 10-year period.
The Walters Art Museum
The Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland is internationally renowned for its collection of art, which was amassed substantially by two men, William and Henry Walters, and eventually bequeathed to the City of Baltimore. The collection presents an overview of world art from pre-dynastic Egypt to 20th-century Europe, and counts among its many treasures Greek sculpture and Roman sarcophagi; medieval ivories and Old Master paintings; Art Deco jewelry and 19th-century European and American masterpieces.
U.S. - Qatar Business Council
The U.S. - Qatar Business Council is a non-profit, private sector organization which provides a forum for discussion of key economic, commercial and other issues of interest to American companies doing or planning to do business in Qatar. The Council also provides information and sponsors events and programs which provide insight into Qatar and its international and business environment. As the only American organization focused on improving commercial relations with Qatar, the Council plays a leading role in the expansion of the bilateral relationship. The Council is a membership-based organizations, and its focus lies on providing value-added services to corporate members in the US, Qatar, and around the world.
Based in Sunnyvale, CA, WeVideo offers full featured, cloud-based, collaborative video-editing. Founded in 2011 by Norwegian-based Inspera, WeVideo leverages years of developing online video learning experiences for K-12 students. WeVideo was formed in 2011 with the vision of bringing everyone’s stories to life with video. That means taking down the barriers traditionally associated with video editing—namely the cost, complexity, and the need for major computing resources.
The Road to Doha
QFI's Road to Doha program helped train and bring together youth from Qatar, the U.S., Brazil and Argentina to better understand and develop solutions to critical global issues and to more effectively raise environmental awareness.
The Future We Want
In June 2012, Youth Ambassadors for Science and the Environment traveled to Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Caravelas and Abrohlos National Marine Park before heading to Rio+20 Earth Summit.
YALLAH: Commit to Action, Minnesota
QFI selected 36 students from Brazil, Qatar and the U.S. to participate in the National Service-Learning Conference held in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Madeleine Albright Visits Lindblom
On April 10, 2012, Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright visited QFI's partner school, Lindblom Math and Science Academy.
Concordia Language Villages
In summer of 2011, QFI established a partnership with Concordia Language Villages. 31 youth from 20 different schools attended 2 or 4-week sessions at Al Waha, the Arabic Language Village.
QFI / WeVideo Behind the Scenes
The video that launched SXSW Film, highlighting QFI student filmmakers who collaborated on short water films.
QFI Celebrates Foreign Language Week
QFI's Executive Director speaks about the importance of learning another language.
BtoQ Compilation Video
Check out all five "Brazil to Qatar" National Geographic student videos in one compilation.
"Women" during the BtoQ Exchange
Brazilian and Qatari students worked with National Geographic instructors during the Brazil to Qatar exchange to create a short piece on women.
"People and Nature" during the BtoQ Exchange
Brazilian and Qatari students worked with National Geographic instructors during the Brazil to Qatar exchange to create a short piece on people and nature.
Behind the Scenes at Brazil to Qatar: One World, Many Stories
A behind the scenes look at the #BtoQ exchange program that brought 22 high school students from Brazil to meet their counterparts in Qatar.
From Chicago to Doha: Connecting Cultures, Exploring Science
Learn about students from Chicago's Lindblom Math and Science Academy who went on QFI's exchange trip to Qatar.
Chicago2Doha Media Projects
39 students from 3 schools in Chicago and Qatar came together for the Connecting Cultures, Exploring Science trip. Students told their reflections of the trip through images, video and sound.
Glass Blowing at Chihuly's Studio: YALLAH 2011
QFI students in Seattle as part of the YALLAH cultural exchange trip in 2011 were invited to world-renowned glass blower Dale Chihuly's studio.
Sir Richard Branson speaks to Earth Day Qatar 2011
Earth Day Qatar 2011 was the premier event in the region, featuring speakers, discussions, workshops, and a special video message by Sir Richard Branson.
Meet our Brazilian students
Arabic Language and Culture in Sao Paolo - meet the Brazilian students and administrators of this program.
Crossing the divide
Watch as students from QFI partner schools in Washington DC and Boston tell their story of language learning and cultural exchange.
Our mission and the astrolabe
With its rich and varied history, the Astrolabe represents education, science, innovation and diversity. Highlighted in this video, these values underscore QFI's vision and programs.
GreenGulf, QFI in initiative for solar schools
Qatar-based GreenGulf will install solar panels in at least four QFI partner schools in the country in an initiative labeled as ‘Solar Schools’.
- “Climates Change. Can You?” Launch Global Earth Day Awareness Video Campaign
- Qatar Foundation International Celebrates Earth Day 2013 Qatar Featuring Local and Global Environmental Organizations
- US and Qatari high school students to explore culture, Arabic language and identity on educational program to Qatar
- QFI Brings Students to Colorado to Inspire Action in Their Communities
Ed Bice from Meedan on Kojo Nnamdi Show
Ed Bice, CEO of Meedan, spoke with Kojo Nnamdi about automating language translation and, among other things, what Meedan is doing for QFI in the realm of "cross-language classroom opportunities".Listen to Show
- LAUSD Journal: For Southern California students, a trip to Qatar bridges cultures and shapes memories
- The Peninsula: Experts take part in QFI Earth Day meet
- Qatar Tribune: QFI promotes coastal conservation on Earth Day
- Al Arab: QFI organizes symposium on climate change
- Gulf Times: Art project seeks to bridge cultures
- Al Raya: Closing ceremony of "Tea with Nefertiti" at Mathaf