A lightweight plastic shield designed by Texas A&M University at Qatar (Tamuq), a Qatar Foundation partner university, could protect students in Qatar’s classrooms from Covid-19.
The Ministry of Education and Higher Education (MoEHE) and the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) are evaluating the Shield Box project, an initiative led by Dr Mohamed Gharib and sponsored by the Office of Engagement at Tamuq, the university said in a statement.
Covid-19 has had a tremendous effect on human daily activities in terms of health and economy, Dr Gharib said, with the education sector being significantly affected by the virus. Schools have been suspended and a significant part of the 2019-2020 academic year was converted into online education to continue student learning while protecting the health and safety of students and teachers.
“Returning students to the classroom is essential as long as extra precautions are taken to protect students from infection. Any precaution