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Youth in Qatar will teach Arabic to low-income workers through ROTA’s new Adult Arabic Literacy Program
13 October 2014

  • Sponsored by Qatar Petroleum

Doha, Qatar – October  13  2014: Following the success of its Adult English Literacy Program, Reach Out To Asia (ROTA) today announced its Adult Arabic Literacy Program (RAAL), in collaboration  with Academic Bridge and Awsaj Academy.

The program, which is sponsored by Qatar Petroleum, aims to educate workers from diverse language and cultural backgrounds in the fundamental skills of modern standard Arabic, thus helping them to grow their skills outside of their daily duties and expand their professional opportunities. As one of ROTA’s flagship Youth Engagement programs, this humanitarian program also gives young people in Qatar a unique opportunity to grow their skills as community leaders and advocates.  

This week, more than eight university students from Academic Bridge started a six-week program to become Literacy Trainers for RAAL.  Upon completion of the training course, the trainers will teach workers at their respective universities and organizations.

“The aim of RAAL is to build bridges between cultures, grow the language skills of workers, and empower volunteers to be leaders in their communities,” explained Essa Al-Mannai, Executive Director of ROTA. “This new humanitarian program reaches deeper into our community, thus improving the lives of learners and teachers alike,” he added.

“Building on the success of ROTA’s Adult English Literacy (RAEL) Program, RAAL is an exciting expansion of the initiative,” explained Al-Mannai. “We are constantly looking for new opportunities to facilitate cross-cultural understanding, which is of primary importance in our multicultural country. It is only by building bridges of cultural communication that we will be able to promote tolerance and drive both our country -- and everyone in it -- to a better future,” Al-Mannai concluded.

“We are highly pleased to note that ROTA’s Adult Literacy Program has now been expanded to enable workers to learn the Arabic language as well,” said Mr. Abdulrahman Abdulla Al-Obaidly, Manager for Public Relations & Communications of QP. “We wish the participants and their young trainers all the best as they dedicate their time and efforts for the full success of this laudable initiative.”

The training will be followed by an event in January to  showcase and celebrate the achievements of both trainers and learners.

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