About QFI

In our increasingly interconnected world, students and educators are seeking more nuanced views of other peoples and cultures, as well as connections with peers that offer a deeper and more meaningful understanding beyond news headlines and sound bites. Learning a language, studying about another part of the world, and understanding how to work with peers both in person and virtually, are all essential educational outcomes for today’s secondary school graduate.

We focus on student-centered learning environments that foster a deeper understanding of the Arab world through the teaching of Arabic and about the region’s societies and cultures. We partner with primary and secondary schools, universities, multilateral entities, and other philanthropic organizations to ensure that our programs advance students’ acquisition of global competency and 21st-century skills.

We actively engage our community of students, teachers, and administrators to facilitate connections through the Global Schools Network, Al-Masdar, and professional development opportunities. We are dedicated to supporting primary and secondary students and teachers as they explore new ways of enriching the classroom learning experience through key skills such as critical thinking, collaboration, creativity, and cross-cultural communication.

What We Do  

We are committed to:
  • Increase primary and secondary students’ access to high-quality Arabic language programs;
  • Partner with universities and other centers of learning to develop engaging educational resources that deepen understanding of Arab societies and cultures;
  • Support effective professional development for Arabic language teachers and teachers of subjects relating to the Arab world;
  • Connect communities of students and teachers to advance global competency and 21st-century skills.

Why Our Work Matters 

Arabic is the fifth-most spoken language in the world, not only in the Middle East and North Africa, but all over the globe. Over 1 billion people from all different beliefs and cultures speak Arabic. 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. Yet the mention of Arabic and the Arab world often conjures up negative stereotypes that can become barriers to real understanding.  So language learning and learning about other societies at the primary and secondary levels is essential, not just for today but also for the future.

QFI was founded in Washington, D.C., in 2009 and is a member of the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science, and Community Development.


We engage a global community of diverse learners and educators, fostering global competency and 21st-century skills through the exploration of the Arabic language and the Arab world’s societies and cultures.


Our vision is a world that embraces and respects diversity, values lifelong learning, and empowers individuals to take action to shape their future.

Our Team

  • Who We Are

    Our multilingual, international team is dedicated to actively engaging our community of students, teachers, 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, and an office centrally located in downtown Washington, D.C. Learn more about working with QFI and view current openings.

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