Some 190 administrative staff and supervisors from 107 public schools in the country took part in a series of training workshops on first aid, organised by Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) recently.
As part of the QRCS school programme, the workshops were held in co-operation with the Ministry of Education and Higher Education’s (MoEHE) Training and Educational Development Centre.
Over eight days, first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) courses were attended by the participants, who were nominated by MoEHE since they are in direct contact with the students throughout the academic year.
Instructed by paramedics and trainers from QRCS’s Training and Development Centre, the courses covered several topics, including the skills to handle injuries, fainting, accidents, burns, bruises, shocks, suffocation, and electrocution, as well as CPR in case of cardiac arrest.
The programme involved three parts: theoretical lectures with presentations and discussion of emergencies and possible scenarios; simulation practice to administer first aid and CPR; and theoretical and practical test for each trainee to receive first aid and CPR certification.
QRCS noted that this is the second edition of the programme of training school leaders in disaster management and first aid skills. It had many advantages, such as the shift from simple public awareness sessions to accredited training courses. The good engagement of the trainees helped to maximise the benefits of the scientific material taught to them.
QRCS added that a special training for 13 teachers and administrative staff from the Qatar Technical School was also held, where students attend applied workshops and deal with welding, metal work, heat, chemicals, and electricity. The training was adjusted to the needs of teachers and trainers at the school’s laboratories.
Special focus was on how to respond to emergencies such as suffocation, burns, and wounds of different types and degrees, especially those caused by chemicals, in light of the materials used under the academic curriculum.
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