ROTA hosts iEARN seminar at Qatar University on February 24 | Press Releases

ROTA hosts iEARN seminar at Qatar University on February 24
24 February 2013
Reach Out To Asia (ROTA), Qatar’s leading non-profit organization held a seminar at the Qatar University College of Education, on Sunday, February 24, to brief faculty members about ROTA’s International Education & Resource Network (iEARN) program, and also to update them about the upcoming iEARN conference to be held in Doha, in July, later this year.
iEARN is a non-profit organization made up of over 30,000 schools and youth organizations in more than 130 countries. Empowering teachers and young people to work together using the Internet and other new communications technologies, over 2,000,000 students each day are engaged in collaborative iEARN projects worldwide.
The seminar at Qatar University was attended by Mr. Essa Al Mannai ROTA Executive Director and Professor Hissa Sadiq, Dean of the college of education. The presentation was conducted by the ICT for Education team of ROTA, who presented to Qatar University  faculty members about ROTA’s  iEARN program and the upcoming conference.
The seminar also invited participants from the university to the conference and opened the doors for volunteers to add value and make a difference.
Dean of the College of Education Dr Hissa Sadiq said: “Collaboration and the sharing of ideas and lessons learned are keystones to professional development, which feeds back into improving educational standards. iEARN’s program has benefitted many teachers and pupils here and we hope others will get involved in this worthwhile initiative to build on its successes in Qatar.”
In July 2013, iEARN-Qatar will be hosting the 20th Annual iEARN International Conference and 17th Annual Youth Summit. This is a gathering open to all, which typically brings together teachers and students from over 70 countries. Qatar will be the first GCC country to stage the iEARN international conference when ROTA hosts the annual event.
Ever since the first iEARN International Conference took place in Argentina in 1994, the event has become an annual event attracting educators from over 70 countries. With entry open to all educators, the 2013 iEARN International Conference and Youth Summit in Qatar will be a chance to share and learn from teachers how technology is used in the classroom.
“iEARN enables young people to go beyond learning about the world, to learning with peers around the planet by using connective technologies. Instead of just a few students who are able to physically visit another country, the entire class can have personal and educationally valuable experiences with other cultures,” points out ROTA Executive Director Mr. Essa Al Mannai.
“Since 2008, ROTA has supported iEARN’s pioneering work in online school linkages to enable students in Qatar to engage in meaningful educational projects with peers in their countries and around the world, we are looking forward to host iEARN Conference this year and welcoming the participation of Qatar University faculty, staff and students.” added Essa Al Mannai.
Encouraged by the success of iEARN-Qatar, ROTA took the bold step in organizing a 2 day meeting in July, 2012, to establish iEARN-Arabia, the first iEARN network for the Arab world.
It involved  iEARN representatives from Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Morocco, Tunisia, Palestine, Qatar, UAE, and Yemen, the July meeting defined  iEARN-Arabia’s vision, mission, goals, status and format.