QIIB extends support to Qatar Academy students initiative

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A team of Qatar Academy’s outstanding students will be flying to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in October to prepare select students of Lebawi Academy (International Leadership Academy of Ethiopia - ILAE) for the ‘THIMUN Qatar Conference’ in Doha in January, 2019, with the support of QIIB.

QIIB sponsorship of the Qatar Academy students’ initiative will help fly some 23 student members of the MUN Club of the Lebawi Academy to Doha for the ‘THIMUN Qatar Conference’ from January 22 to 25 next year.

The theme of THIMUN Qatar 2019 is Sustainable Development Goal 16-Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions. All committees have one issue that ties to the conference theme.

Qatar Academy - Lebawi School tie-up will be initiated in two parts.

During part 1, a team of Qatar Academy students and faculty will fly to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in October this year and prepare the Lebawi Academy students for the Model United Nations (MUN) conference and help the MUN Club at the Lebawi Academy launch and organize conferences in future.

This is the first time that Ethiopian students will be getting such tools and resources to prepare and develop programs and events for young people to seek through discussion, negotiation, debate, and personal action, solutions to the various problems of the world.

And during part 2, the Lebawi Academy students will reach Doha in January 2019 to attend the ‘THIMUN Qatar Conference’ in Doha in January, 2019.

The MUN conferences bring students together from around the world to learn and share ideas from a diverse set of experiences and backgrounds.

The Qatar Academy students who will be visiting Addis Ababa include Ahmad al-Naimi, Shoug al-Tamimi, Aisha al-Mansouri, Sama Ayoub and Prkriti Tandon.

They recently visited the QIIB head office at Grand Hamad Street, where they had the opportunity to meet QIIB Chief Executive Officer, Dr Abdulbasit Ahmad al-Shaibei and other senior executives.

Ahmad al-Naimi thanked QIIB for the Bank’s sponsorship and support of their initiative and said, “With QIIB sponsorship and support, we now have the ability to bring the exceptional students of Lebawi Academy to Doha and help and prepare them for the important THIMUN Qatar Conference. We are very grateful to QIIB for the Bank’s support of our project.”

“The project will help not only the Lebawi Academy students in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, but also us to learn from each other’s experiences and participate in building stronger value-based societies for creating a peaceful world that provides growth opportunities for all of us,” Ahmad al-Naimi said.

All the other participating Qatar Academy students thanked QIIB for the Bank’s tremendous support of their project.

Dr Abdulbasit Ahmad al-Shaibei complimented the students for their initiative and said, “QIIB strongly believes in the community and understands its key role in nation building. Supporting your project is a gesture of our goodwill towards our community. We hope many others will also do the same thing.”

Dr al-Shaibei highlighted the importance of value-based education and took the students through Shariah-based, value-driven Islamic banking, and how it differed from conventional banking.

He also provided a brief about QIIB and the evolution of Islamic banking in Qatar.

The QIIB Chief Executive Officer said Qatar enjoys good brotherly relationship with Ethiopia and hopes that the Qatar Academy - Lebawi Academy partnership will further enhance it.

Dr al-Shaibei noted that he keenly looked forward to welcoming the Qatar Academy - Lebawi Academy students on the sidelines of the THIMUN Qatar Conference in Doha in January, 2019.

The Qatar Academy students also visited different QIIB departments, where senior executives briefed them about various Islamic banking operations, customer service, information systems and types of banking services and accounts.