By Andy Sambidge
Emir's wife Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser behind initiative to raise child care standards
Qatar is set to launch an academy for the training of nannies next year, an initiative of Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser, the emir's wife.
The Qatar Nanny Training Academy will be launched in April and will provide educational and training services in childcare.
Rabia Kerzabi, a member of the academy's founding committee said in comments published by Qatar News Agency that the academy aims to attract female students to train with it for 10 months.
They will then qualify as nannies for Qatari and Arab families and will be able to care for children with adhering to Islamic traditions, QNA said.
The academy, which is based on partnerships with international expertise in the field of childcare, will be free to join, the news agency added.
The academy will provide a wide range of courses ranging from hygiene and nutrition to entertaining children and first aid.
Not a bad idea but I have a much better one. Might sound a bit revolutionary and perhaps too much against the GCC grain but how about this:
The parents of the kids could mind their own kids.
But your idea of the parents SOLELY minding their kids isn't a better one as per the results of all the Western States which adopted this methodology. The world has witnessed the generation of kids brought up solely by the parents. All that happens is that the overworked parents end up putting the kids in day care and so the kid is back in the hands of a childminder and that too outside its home and natural environment.
So maybe there is something beneficial about us spoilt stay at home Moms who want an extra pair of hands to help us.