About QFI

At QFI, we focus on fostering a deeper understanding of the Arab world through the teaching of Arabic and about the region’s societies and cultures by partnering with schools, universities, multilateral entities, and other philanthropic organizations.

In our increasingly interconnected world, it is vital that learners and educators are introduced to more nuanced views of other peoples and cultures, and are able to connect with different communities, so that they may gain a deeper and more meaningful understanding beyond the news headlines and sound bites.

We believe that learning a language, studying about another part of the world, and navigating how to work with peers both in person and virtually, are all essential for today’s and tomorrow’s graduates.

Founded in 2009, and located in Washington, DC, we are dedicated to supporting primary and secondary learners and educators as they explore new ways of enriching the learning experience through key skills such as critical thinking, collaboration, creativity, and cross-cultural communication. We actively engage our community to facilitate connections through our global network of schools and partners; our online resource database QFI Resource Portal; our support of a variety of professional development opportunities; and our multiple grant opportunities.

QFI is a member of the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science, and Community Development

QFI works in three main program areas: Connected Communities; Arab Societies and Cultures; and Arabic Language.


A world that embraces and respects diversity, values lifelong learning, and empowers individuals to take action to shape the future.


To engage a global community of diverse learners and educators to foster global competency, and greater mutual understanding through the exploration of the Arab world’s societies and cultures and the Arabic language.

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Inspiring Meaningful Connections with the Arab World.

What We Do  

We are committed to:

  • Connecting communities of learners, educators, and other practitioners, academics, etc. both virtually and in-person, to advance global competency and skills;
  • Supporting professional development for educators;
  • Partnering with universities and other centers of learning to develop engaging educational resources and content that deepen understanding of the Arab world;
  • And, increasing access to high-quality Arabic language programs for primary and secondary learners.

Why Our Work Matters 

The mention of Arabic and the Arab world often conjures up negative stereotypes that can become barriers to real understanding. The societies and cultures of the Arab world are all part of a rich human tapestry that stretches from Morocco to Iraq, Syria to Oman. Over 1 billion people of all different beliefs and cultures speak Arabic, the fifth-most spoken language in the world, not only in the Middle East and North Africa but all over the globe.

Learning the Arabic language and about the cultures of Arabic-speaking societies at the primary and secondary levels is essential, not just for today but also for the future.

Our Team

  • Who We Are

    Our multilingual, international team is dedicated to actively engaging our community of learners, educators, and administrators to inspire meaningful connections.

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  • Work With Us

    Be part of our mission-driven global organization. We offer competitive salaries and benefits. Learn more about working with QFI and view current openings.

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