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Doha Home Educators is getting ready to launch our Spring Co-op 2017. But what exactly IS a co-op? And what exactly do home schoolers get from one?

Co-op is a shortened form of “cooperative” and as the name implies, a pooling of resources. In this case, it’s home schooling parents coming together for classes and social time. DHE has been doing co-ops since 2011.


Though some home education networks have elaborate cooperatives that cover base subjects and run throughout the year, we have a more modest offering here in Doha. As our space and time to use it are limited, we offer extension classes one morning a week for terms – one in the autumn, and one in the spring. (Yes, we know it’s February. Trust us – that’s spring here in Doha. By the end of March, it will be summer again!)

Our classes include cooking, PE, and introductions to languages, as well as hands-on science and hands-on crafts such as paper creations and crochet. It really all comes down to what parents can offer to teach. Whatever skills  our families feel that they can share become our classes for that term. It’s great fun, and a learning opportunity for all!

In addition to the learning benefits, home schooled students get a chance to truly spend time with each other. They learn how to interact, engage, and share ideas with peers as well as teachers in a new way. Socialization is not an issue at co-op!

Our newest co-op will open this week, and we’re excited to share pictures and experiences with you!


DHE: Special Delegation to THIMUN Qatar!

It was with great pleasure that Doha Home Educators participated as a special delegation to The Hague International Model United Nations (THIMUN) in Qatar.

Seven DHE students had the amazing experience of one of the largest international MUN conferences in the world, held at the QNCC 27-29 January, 2016. These students learned public speaking skills, research skills, and learning ideas from another perspective – life skills hard to obtain in regular school settings, public or home! The MUN experience helped our students to grow, and promoted leadership skills. DHE is proud of these incredible young people, and look forward to working with the MUN program here in Qatar in the funture.

Spring Co-op is on!

DHE’s 10th co-op has successfully launched!

Students are learning about art, electronics, physical education, mind-bending logic, cooking, and much more!

DHE is thrilled that we have been able to provide such cooperative learning opportunities to the home schooled expatriate community for five years now. But the key is “cooperative!” We are non-profit, and the teaching and organization is an all-hands-on-deck endeavor by parents. Huge thanks to our many parents who have stepped up to teach this term, and to all our other parents in helping roles – it is due to you that things like co-op happen!


Testing, testing, 1, 2, 3…


Working diligently during testing

Working diligently during testing


Yay! Testing "Hallas"!

Yay! Testing “Hallas”!


The Official End-of-Testing Holiday of the DHE!

The Official End-of-Testing Holiday of the DHE!







Checking Out Yan Pei-Ming

Recently, DHE students visited the Qatar Museum Authority’s Katara Annex for a tour and workshop of Chinese artist Yan Pei-Ming’s “Painting the History” which will be in Doha through January 12, 2013.


In the exhibit, Pei-Ming examines the history of revolution, and proposes the question of which had more influence – the revolutionary, or those trying to stop a revolution?

After seeing the exhibit, students used shading techniques with photographs from Pei-Ming’s Wall of Portraits to mimic some of the brush effects he put into his work.


Yan Pei-Ming's Wall of Portraits.

Yan Pei-Ming’s Wall of Portraits.

Students display their work after a QMA workshop at Katara.

Students display their work after a QMA workshop at Katara.

Spike compares his work to others done in the QMA Qatara workshop.

Spike compares his work to others done in the QMA Qatara workshop.


DHE is so excited about our Autumn Co-op 2012! With a mix of both mom-led and professionally offered classes, nearly 30 families and nearly 70 students, this is the biggest cooperative learning effort in the DHE’s history. What an exciting time to be home schooling on Doha!

We have a wide range of classes offered this go, from ancient myths to modern robotics, physical education to knitting. Our students range from 4-14 and represent more than 10 different countries.

Below are some snapshots of our first week. Autumn Co-op runs through mid-November.

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And What A Good Time It Was

DHE Spring Co-Op 2012 was a raging success! A great time was had by all, and we can’t wait to do it again in the fall! Thanks again to all the marvelous teacher and helper moms who made it possible!

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