Author: Claudia Cojocea

When it comes to education, the past few years have been a substantial challenge for both teachers and parents. Trying to help children adapt to new situations and develop essential skills has proved to be a mammoth mission. Claudia Cojocea chats with Dr Catherine Morgan, a long-term educator, to learn more about today’s educational environment and the unique ways parents can help Dr Morgan is a former geography teacher with a background in science, engineering, and sustainability. She believes that all learners should have equitable opportunities to reach their potential and celebrate their gifts. These days, she works in the…

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A few things may come to mind when you hear the word “resort”. You might think of somewhere in the Caribbean, with blue waters, white sand, and all the facilities of your dreams. At least a place that is a far cry from the dust and concrete of the city. So when news spread that Zulal Wellness Resort was opening in the north of Qatar, curiosities were piqued. After all, it prides itself in being “the Middle East’s first full-immersion wellness resort”. But is it just another take on a beach hotel or fancy sports complex, or is there something…

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Modern life is increasingly digitised, and with the advent of social media, some have expressed concerns about today’s youth prioritising online presence over “real-life” connections. Despite this, many youngsters defy those stereotypes and make waves in their communities. Claudia Cojocea speaks to Stella Bianchi, a Doha-based year 12 student who has been harnessing her passion for social change.  C: Firstly, what motivates you?S: I would say that the biggest motive for me is a desire to contribute to the betterment of the community. I want to be part of a community that prioritises and cares for the well-being of all…

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When I initially arrived in Qatar with my child in May 2021, we intended to stay for just one month. It’s been over a year, and we have no (actual) plans to leave anytime soon. This is our story.  March 2019: The Beginning My family and I lived a comfortable continental European lifestyle. But three years ago, on what seemed to be a typical, light Saturday movie night, an important financial institution unexpectedly messaged my husband on Linkedin. It was in Qatar, and I honestly didn’t think much of the proposal at the time because I knew little about the…

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