Reach Out To Asia (Rota) Executive Director Essa Al Mannai urged youth and teachers from more than 50 countries to continue their commitment to learning to make a better world for the coming generations, at the conclusion of the 20th Annual iEARN (International Education and Resource Network) International Conference and 17th Youth Summit yesterday at the Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC). Rota hosted the five-day conference which was organised for the first time in a Gulf country.
“I would like to encourage you to continue learning about the world, learning from each other and also teaching others about yourselves, your beliefs, your values and what you stand for because if we don’t understand each other we would not be able to create the better world that we and the generations to come deserve to live in,” he told over 500 participants at the closing ceremony.
Citing the waves of change occurring around the world in which youth had a big role to play, he said: “The voice of the youth is being heard and as citizens they are becoming more responsible and their actions are yielding good results.”
With all the problems the world is currently facing, he encouraged active participation in finding ways to solve some of these challenges through education.
“Our world is changing day by day and the challenges are coming. It’s us citizens who should be proactive in finding solutions and this would not be possible without our dedication. It’s the classroom where small hopes emerge and magic happens, where transfer of knowledge happens and where one of us as a teacher or student can inspire the other.”
“The world is becoming smaller and we are getting closer,” he said, stressing the significance of taking advantage of technology to promote learning and deeper understanding of the world.
He lauded iEarn, which the same with Rota, is continuously empowering the youth through education.
“A small group of committed people can change the world. It is the commitment of each and every one of you that can change the world. Thank you very much for your commitment and making it here to Qatar,” he told the delegates. The closing ceremony, which also featured performances and videos, culminated with the distribution of certificates to the participants.
The theme of this year’s conference is ‘ICT for Education: Reaching Out, Building Bridges’, and focuses on the use of technologies in education to reach out, learn and build a better world together. The conference program offered eight plenary sessions, two panel discussions, and more than 90 workshops and presentations. In addition, there was an exhibition for students and teachers to showcase their projects and present about their cultures, promoting intercultural understanding and global citizenship
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