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Amna Mahmoud Al-Jaydah

Known for Being

The first female teacher in Qatar.

The first Qatari female principal for a government school for girls.

A pioneer in the struggle for female education in Qatar.

Major Accomplishments

Amna Mahmoud Al-Jaydah was considered Qatar's first female teacher, the first Qatari female principal for a government school for girls, and a pioneer in the struggle for female education in Qatar. Al-Jaydah attended the Sheikh Hamid Bin Ahmed Bin Mohamed kuttab, where she was taught regular school subjects as well as the Quran. As is custom of women who had learned the Quran, Al-Jaydah, at the age of 14, began to share her knowledge with other young women.

In 1938, Al-Jaydah's popularity as a mutawa in her former kuttab grew, and she moved her classroom from inside her home to a room adjacent to her house. Boys and girls of all ages attended her kuttab (school), and the government eventually rented a second house that served as the central location of the first school for girls, named Banat El Doha School. This began the series of gradual changes in the education of girls in Qatar, with Al-Jaydah eventually becoming the first Qatari female principal for a government school for girls.

Last modified: 01/09/2019

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