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Tales of Qatari Heritage Book Exhibition held at QU | Qatar University

Tales of Qatari Heritage Book Exhibition held at QU

FP Director Dr. Hezam Al-Awah was present to open the exhibition

The Cultural Awareness Team (CAT) at Qatar University’s (QU) Foundation Program (FP) launched the book exhibition “Foundation Program Book Exhibition: Tales of Qatari Heritage,” which aimed to showcase the work of student authors and illustrators from QU’s Foundation Program. The event aims to inspire QU students through Qatari Folktale stories that exemplify the journeys undertaken by heroes and demonstrate how Qatari ancestors overcame many challenges to benefit their tribes and society as a whole.

FP Director Dr. Hezam Al-Awah was present to open the exhibition, which featured 22 Qatari folktales from more than 100 students, varying between folklore, legends and myths. The opening was also attended by FP Associate Director for Academic Affairs Dr. Nadeem Hashem, FP Assistant Director for Student Affairs Hayat El Samad, CAT leader Jeffrey Maggard FP Student Support Committee Co-Chair Shamsa Alrushaidi, FP student authors, editors and translators, the CAT Faculty Editorial Board and FP Student Affairs staff.

Dr. Hezam Al-Awah said that the CAT team helped highlight students’ short story writing skills in both Arabic and English and their artistic abilities through the exhibition. He added, “These stories have been brought back to life as elegantly written narratives by FP students and faculty, and I am proud of the great work of our students. FP endeavors to support all students’ initiatives and will continue its efforts to provide a fertile university environment that supports students to explore their potentials and achieve their aspirations and goals.”

Hayat Samad, Assistant Director for Student Affairs said, “In addition to enhancing English skills among students, the Foundation Program also aims to provide opportunities for wider community engagement among students to encourage them to become active members in their community. From preserving cultural heritage to spreading awareness of Qatari values, the Foundation Program hopes to share the stories with a wider community in the future.”

Jeffrey Maggard, CAT lead and the lead of this project, commented saying, “The Tales of Qatari Heritage Book Exhibition exquisitely demonstrates the high level of English language skills that FP students can achieve. In this project, students were asked to collect local stories, championed local axiology, highlighted moral lessons and demonstrated Islamic values. Our students were happy as they enjoyed listening to their grandparents narrating the stories.”

The author of the Donkey’s Tale, QU student Muza Mesfer Alhemaidi said, “When I wrote The Donkey’s Tale, I was a new student at QU. I am very proud to have participated in this project because it provided me with a chance to learn how to apply my English skills. It was a challenge, but I gained experience from converting a story that I recorded from my grandfather into something written, in Arabic and English, with the Foundation Program faculty.”

QU student Taleb AlAthba talked about his experience in this project. He said, “We have learned a lot from this project. We are now more aware of our culture and traditions. I learned how to write short stories, and I worked in groups where I developed teamwork skills. I am thrilled that my name is included in the upcoming book that will include the bilingual stories.”

The exhibition lasted for four weeks to welcome a large number of students, faculty and staff so they can enjoy reading the stories and viewing the artwork. Working on this project helps to strengthen students’ knowledge of their culture and adds to their bilingual skills, creativity and most importantly, enhances their understanding of how to preserve and disseminate literary cultural heritage.

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