Inside Education Reporter
Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga, formed part of the delegation of the President of South Africa, Mr Cyril Ramaphosa’s State Visit to Doha in Qatar, that took place on 15 November 2023.
Minister Motshekga was supported by the Director-General of Basic Education, Mr Mathanzima Mweli.
The State Visit to Qatar was aimed at reaffirming the close and historic political ties between the two countries, underpinned by solidarity, mutually beneficial partnership and people to people cooperation.
The State Visit also served to strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries in various areas of priority.
In this regard, Minister Motshekga and the Minister of Education and Higher Education of the State of Qatar, Her Excellency Ms Buthaina bint Ali Al-Nuaimi, signed a bilateral agreement in the field of basic education.
The bilateral agreement will serve to strengthen cooperation in various areas of basic education, including teacher development; curriculum development; assessment; school management; and mutually beneficial exchanges among experts, student delegations and school sports teams.
Minister Motshekga and Minister Buthaina bint Ali Al-Nuaimi committed to conduct further bilateral exchanges between the two Ministries, to ensure active implementation of the newly signed bilateral agreement. In this regard, DG Mr Mathanzima Mweli will engage his counterpart in the Qatari Ministry of Education and Higher Education to commence discussions and conclude a time-based plan that will guide the implementation of the bilateral agreement.