Arab World Spotlight

QFI has partnered with SIMA Classroom to provide educators with free access to a set of 14 short films depicting the richness and diversity of the Arab world that can be used in classrooms worldwide. Curated as the Arab World Spotlight Playlist (AWS), QFI and SIMA Classroom aim to empower students to investigate the world, recognize perspectives, communicate ideas and act. In addition to free access to the AWS films, teachers also have access to storytelling resources and lesson plans. ​

QFI and SIMA Classroom want to know how your class was moved by the films in the Arab World Spotlight Playlist. Consider participating in the Arab World Spotlight Challenge by having your students produce multimedia projects on how the AWS films resonated with their life experiences.

Access the Playlist

If you would like a free access code to the Arab World Spotlight Playlist now, please email with the following information: ​
1. First and Last Name​
2. Name of your School
3. Location​
4. Subject you teach​

Join the Challenge

View below for the full grant announcement for the Arab World Spotlight Challenge.

All submissions due on Friday, April 3, 2020, with the winner announcement by April 10, 2020.

Request for Proposals

For any questions regarding the application or program, contact

Click here to learn more about the learning objectives and lesson plans for the Arab World Spotlight Challenge.

SIMA Teacher Award

The annual SIMA Teacher Award will honor one exceptional teacher who demonstrates outstanding achievements in utilizing social impact media as a springboard for global education and meaningful community engagement.

The Awarded teacher will receive lifetime access to SIMA Classroom, a permanent feature on SIMA Classroom website, and a 12-day educator tour to Qatar and Oman (all-expenses paid) provided by QFI.

Key dates:

  • Application Deadline: April 17, 2020
  • Winner Announcement: April 24, 2020
  • Prize Trip: December 2020 or Spring 2021*

How to Apply