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Doha’s education sector is set for rapid transformation in the coming years with between 8 to12 new schools with a capacity of 1,500 to 2,000 students per school expected to be required each year by 2022, stated a Colliers International report. School developers and operators are increasingly recognizing these opportunities as Qatar continues to develop.
According to the report, a high population growth rate remains the key factor in the growing demand for education in Doha. The population of Qatar reached 2.21 million in 2014 from 1.45 million in 2008, with current projections anticipating a further increase to 3.09 million at a 4% growth rate and 3.53 million at a 6% growth rate by 2022. Given that Qatar’s population is primarily constituted by expatriates, falling within Generation X, Y and Z, this translates into a wide base of young parents and school attendees. Further the transient nature of Doha’s population leads to a preference for international curriculums, typically American or English, due to their transferable nature, and for private education choices. Additionally, a large number of the Qatari Nationals population also has a preference for private schools rather than governmental ones noted the report.
All of these factors are attracting private education providers and operators with the resultant growth in new K-12 schools within Doha.
According to the Ministry of Education and Higher Education (MoEH) in Qatar, a total of 42 new private schools at all levels is required until 2022 to meet the increasing demand and population growth. This is in addition to the existing 262 schools (KG-12) teaching 23 different curriculums with a total enrollment of 183,341 students.
Qatar has encouraged investment in private education exempting the sector from customs, providing with free water and electricity, land plots, buildings, textbooks and school vouchers for Qatari students and many other incentives.
The government in collaboration with Qatar Chamber has offered eleven land plots for private education, and the ministry has begun to implement its strategy 2017-2022 aiming to provide with diversity of education opportunities, reported The Peninsula.
Qatar’s private education sector is expected to triple in 2020 under the significant expansion of the private sector in education over the last three decades. The global education expenditure is growing year by year, making education a lucrative market in which private education companies are eager to invest, as per Khalifa bin Jassim Al Thani, Chairman, Qatar Chamber. Qatar has allocated huge funds for education (QR20.6bn), representing 10.4% of the total expenditure of 2017. Funds were allocated for the construction of as many as 17 new schools and nurseries and the completion of another 28 schools and nurseries.
Over the past decades, Qatar has remarkably achieved enormous progress in the field of education by establishing a strong academic system that is of great value to Qatar’s generations.
Qatar is ranked in 2017 the fifth in the quality of the education system, according to the latest Global Competitiveness Report 2016-17 issued by the World Economic Forum.
The ‘Technical Committee for Social Development to Stimulate Participation of Private Sector in the Economic Development Projects’, in coordination with the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, announced investment opportunities for the development of private schools in the country.
According to Qatar News Agency (QNA), the project comes within the framework of the country’s commitment to encourage the private sector to participate in Qatar’s economic development, to invest in the education sector, and to take advantage of opportunities to develop integrated educational projects.
The committee noted that 11 land parcels, each spanning 1.5ha, have been allocated for the project in several areas, including Umm Qarn, Al Dhamma, Al Wakir area, Al Ab, Al Thamid, Al Khor, and Smaisma.
The goal behind the initiative to allocate land for the project is to provide improved infrastructure that can support training and education, as well as accommodate foreign students, stated the committee.