“This award aims at ensuring our children, our future leaders, with excellent educational experiences; educational experiences that enhance resilience, creativity and the capacity to self-develop despite the challenging circumstances we live in.”
Dr. Nabil Qaddumi
Investing in educational institutions is the equivalent of investing in future generations that we have yet to meet.
The Education Award was designed and introduced to encourage a sense of competition between Palestine’s schools, encouraging them to excel, and in turn graduate generations of youth dedicated to changing Palestine for the better.
The Education Award, and in coordination withthe Ministry of Education and UNRWA, accepts nominations from schools in Jerusalem, the West Bank, Gaza Strip, 1948 Areas and Palestinian Refugee Camps in Lebanon.
It is named in honor of Dr. Nabil Hani Qaddumi in appreciation of his efforts and dedication to Palestine and the Welfare Association.
Dr. Qaddumi masters both the academic and professional worlds. He is the Founder and Chairman of Projacs, the world’s largest Pan-Arab project management firm, he is also the Founder and Chairman of SPETCO (Safwan Petroleum Technologies Company). Dr. Qaddumi also served as a Professor of Engineering at the University of Kuwait and at Stanford University.
Dr. Qaddumi is an active citizen and volunteer; he served as the Chairman of the Welfare Association’s Board of Trustees for two consecutive rounds between 2008 and 2014. He serves as Palestine’s Governor at the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development, Dr. Qaddumi and his family also founded a family foundation in 2012: the Hani Qaddumi Scholarship Foundation (HQSF). HQSF is dedicated to ensuring generations of excelling and well-educated Palestinians; it offers Palestinian students with full graduate and undergraduate university scholarship opportunities.
Dr. Qaddumi is the Vice Chairman of the Arab Funds for Arts and Culture (AFAC), and a Board member of the Institute for Palestine Studies and the Palestine Economic Policy Research Institute (MAS). Dr. Qaddumi obtained his Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Texas, Masters from Stanford University, and PhD in Civil Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1983.
Light and Hope School for the Blind
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Jerusalem Princess Basma Center for Disabled Children
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Hewar – The Arab Association for Alternative Education
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