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About Aswaj


To advance the achievement of students with learning challenges in Qatar


Unlocking the learning potential of each student


School Motto:

Persist | Contribute | Grow


Our Values:

BE RESPECTFUL – I respect people, property and environment.

BE RESPONSIBLE  – I am accountable for my own actions, and try to resolve differences in constructive ways.

BE SAFE – I act safely and show care for others.

BE YOUR BEST  – I am open to new learning and take responsibility to do my best.


Welcome to AWSAJ

Thank you for your interest in Awsaj Academy. As you read this information about Awsaj, you will notice that as well as being a school, we are much more.

Awsaj Academy primarily aims to serve students with learning challenges in grades K-12. Our admission priority is Qatari students who are two to four years behind their peers and who need a specialist program to catch up. The expectation for the majority of students upon graduation, is that they will receive a high-school diploma and attend college and/or a career. Students are taught in small classrooms of no more than ten students per class. Highly qualified, specially trained teachers are skilled at meeting the individual needs of all students.

We are proud members of Qatar Foundation, and are located in a purpose-built facility within Education City. Our current school building was opened in 2011 and expanded to accommodate 577 students. Awsaj Academy has a rich history of quality service that spans over 20 years. Our non-profit school has dual accreditation. From the Middle States Association (MSA) and the Council of International Schools (CIS), both recognized by the Ministry of Education.


Awsaj Academy serves students that often have unique learning needs that require additional and specialized support from The Learning Center (TLC). These specialists include school psychologists, speech language pathologists, occupational therapists, behavior specialists, counselors, and student services coordinators. In collaboration with Awsaj leadership and teaching staff, as well as parents and students, TLC’s specialists offer their expertise through support that facilitates access to a more individualized education. The specialists also provide valuable training to staff, parents, and students so that we can all support our students in achieving their best.

At Awsaj we put children first. Our mission is to unlock the learning potential of each student, and to ensure that our students go into the future with the skills, the work ethic, and the development they need to be successful in life. We work hard to ensure that the graduates of Awsaj Academy will have evidence of:
• Well-developed sense of self.
• Pride in their own culture.
• An understanding of, and respect for, Islamic values.
• Respect for themselves and others.
• Confidence & self-esteem.
• Appropriate social interaction skills.
• An understanding their responsibility for the choices they make.
• The ability to be reflective, to think more critically, and to problem solve.
• Ambition to achieve to be their personal best.
• Connectivity to the local and global community.
• Proficiency appropriate to their abilities, in reading, writing, listening and speaking, in both English and Arabic.
• Understanding of the value and benefits of lifelong learning as part of their lifestyle.


Our reputation is clearly established; our practices are sound and true. It is our responsibility to share our knowledge and expertise with others so that every student that struggles in Qatar can benefit from the Awsaj Way; regardless of the school they attend. The graduates of 2020 benefited from our progress as a school. Some were part of our blended learning program, some from our new PRIME PM program; others received specialized services from the QF Teaching and Learning Center that serves all the Qatar Foundation schools. Our family opens the doors of our school to any educator or parent that would like to learn how we work with our students. We will invite you into our classrooms, share with you what we are doing, and provide support as schools around Qatar work toward inclusive practices.

I very much hope that I will soon have the opportunity to meet you, and it will be with great pride and humility that I look forward to discussing the work of our amazing staff teams and wonderful students. 

Mark Hughes  |  Director


Mr. Fahad  Abdulla Al- Subaiey

Chief Marketing Office; Qatar Fuel (WOQOD)
Board Chairman

Dr. Asma Al-Attiyah

Associate Professor; Head Psychological Sciences Department; College of Education-Qatar University
Board Member

Noof Al Thani

Executive Director, Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships
Ex-Officio – Qatar Foundation

Dr. Ibrahim A. Janahi, MD, FAAP, FCCP, FRCPCH

Professor of Clinical Pediatrics-Weill Cornell Medical College-Qatar
Senior Consultant and division chief, Pediatric Pulmonology- HMC Executive director of research – HMC Program director, Arab board pediatrics Chairman, National Permanent Licensing Committee- SCH Member, BOG, QCHP HAMAD Medical Corporation
Board Member

Dr. Maria de Fatima Janjua, MD, MSc, FRCPCH, PhD

Acting Division Chief of the Division of Developmental Pediatrics ; Senior Attending Physician in Neurodisability
Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics ; Department of Pediatrics – Sidra Medical and Research Center
Board Member

Ms. Hanadi Mansoor Mohammed Al Khater

Director of Special Education Gifted Student Department ; Office of the Assistant Undersecretary for Educational Affairs
Director of Roua Assessment and Advice Center – Ministry of Education and Higher Education
Board Member

Dr.Mark Hughes

Director ; Awsaj Academy

Hana Salim

Secretary of the Board


Staff and Faculty


Awsaj Academy staff are international and represent over 19 countries. Over 53% of our teaching staff have master’s degrees or higher, and we recruit globally to ensure that Awsaj Academy has the best-qualified and committed teachers available. They are committed to providing a quality program to Awsaj Academy students every minute of every day, and are encouraged to develop and excel in their fields of expertise. They are dynamic, committed, and forward-thinking. Most importantly, they have a passionate commitment to students.


The teaching staff at Awsaj Academy:


  • Are creative, resourceful teachers with proven ability to enhance students’ performance.
  • Are experienced in the latest evidence-based programs and strategies.
  • Possess positive and effective teaching styles with the willingness to work above and beyond the call of duty.
  • Provide professional-level educational service and support to students with learning challenges.
  • Have at least two years’ experience as classroom teachers.
  • Have experience with explicit instruction.
  • Have proven ability to positively manage student behavior.
  • Have Special Education backgrounds/endorsements.
  • Have reading endorsements, ELL endorsements, and knowledge of RTI (Response To Intervention).


Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development is a private, non-profit organization that serves the people of Qatar by supporting and operating programs in three core mission areas: education, science and research, and community development. The Foundation strives to nurture the future leaders of Qatar. By example and by sharing its experience, the Foundation also contributes to human development nationally, regionally, and internationally. In all of its activities, the Foundation promotes a culture of excellence in Qatar and furthers its role in supporting an innovative and open society that aspires to develop sustainable human capacity, social, and economic prosperity for a knowledge-based economy.


Through education and research, Qatar Foundation leads human, social, and economic development of Qatar; making Qatar a nation that can be a vanguard for productive change in the region and a role model for the broader international community.

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