Valley Forge Military Academy & College Partners to Establish Valley Forge Academy in Doha, Qatar

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Colonel Stuart B. Helgeson, (third from right) with (from left) Clare Sharp, Mr. Abdulla Nasser Al-Naemi, Natalie A. Baker, Eng. Saad Ebrahim Almuhannadi, H.E. Dr. Ibrahim Bin Saleh Al-Naimi, Mr. Omar Al Namaa, Mohamed Dobashi
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Colonel Stuart B. Helgeson, USMCR (Ret) President of Valley Forge Military Academy and College, 3rd to right. From left: Clare Sharp, Lower School Principal of Valley Forge Academy Qatar, 2nd to left Mr. Abdulla Nasser Al-Naemi, General Manager of Aspire Zone, 3rd to left Natalie A. Baker, Chargé d’Affaires of the U.S. Embassy in Qatar, Middle left Eng. Saad Ebrahim Almuhannadi, Chairman of Valley Forge Academy Qatar, middle right H.E. Dr. Ibrahim Bin Saleh Al-Naimi, Under Secretary Minister of Education and Higher Education, 2nd to right Mr. Omar Al Namaa, Undersecretary of Special Education Affairs and right Dr Mohamed Dobashi, Managing Director of Valley Forge Academy Qatar.

Valley Forge Military Academy & College is establishing the first-ever Valley Forge Academy in Qatar–the first international American school for boys to open in that country.

VFMAC entered into an agreement with Doha, Qatar-based Global Institute Studies (GSI). The Valley Forge Academy Qatar is set to open in August 2022.

“Our institutions share a commitment to educating the whole person around Five Cornerstones – Cornerstones which are universal to developing scholars and leaders,” said Colonel Stuart B. Helgeson, USMCR (Ret), President of Valley Forge Military Academy and College. “We are thrilled that this model of education has taken root in Qatar and look forward to a long partnership.”

Valley Forge Military Academy and College has nearly 100 years of history, successfully educating global leaders, including presidents of countries, senior government officials, professional athletes, as well as many graduates of Qatari nationals.

Valley Forge Academy Qatar will model itself around the Five Cornerstones, benefitting from a governance overlap and shared co-curricular programs with VFMAC US.

The Five Cornerstones are Academic Excellence, Character Development, Personal Motivation, Physical Development, and Leadership.

Eng. Saad Ebrahim Almuhannadi, chairman of  Valley Forge Academy Qatar said, “Our partnership with Valley Forge Military Academy and College to open Qatar’s campus reflects the need to educate young men in Qatar with the best education available in the region to support the country’s vision for its youth, to grow into responsible men that will create a prosperous, successful future for the State of Qatar, the region, and the world at large.”

With Colonel Stuart B. Helgeson, USMCR (Ret), President of Valley Forge Military Academy and College, right) are Michael Pointer, Public Diplomacy Officer at the U.S. Embassy, Doha, Qatar (left) and Clare Sharp, Lower School Principal of Valley Forge Academy Qatar (right).

The state-of-the-art campus in what is known as the Aspire Zone 2, Valley Forge Academy Qatar will deliver an American curriculum while focusing on Qatari culture, Arabic language, and Islamic teachings combined with physical excellence.

Overall, Valley Forge Academy Qatar’s intent is to create Qatar’s leaders of tomorrow in Business, Social, Academic, Diplomatic, Sports, Research, Engineering and Education by providing a holistic learning environment to enable graduates to become educated and disciplined citizens of character.

 Valley Forge Academy, Qatar is tangible acknowledgment that the VFMAC model of education works and that the education of young men must include more than what can be obtained from textbooks alone,” said Colonel Helgeson. “With this institution’s commitment to educate the whole person, it is striding toward educating future leaders not only for Qatar but the world over.”

 Similar to VFMAC US, Valley Forge Academy Qatar will offer unique programs in STEM activities, Sports, e-Sports, academic competitions including Debate Team and Model UN, and Music and Theatre contribute to the growth of its students outside the classroom.

 “Both institutions bear great responsibility to those students entrusted to our care. We have a charge to grow them into students of the world and leaders of tomorrow – to help them envision something more and something better, and to help them find their roles in it,” said  Colonel Helgeson. “As we lead them, we do so with obligation and authority – and that is a privilege beyond measure. I am glad for this partnership in this mission.”

Find out more about Valley Forge Military Academy and College.

 

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