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Posted On: 20 September 2011 01:05 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:11 pm

ROTA English literacy programme in October

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DOHA: Reach Out To Asia (ROTA), in partnership with selected Qatar Foundation Education City Universities, has announced the launch of the next phase of its Adult English Literacy Programme. The programme will begin in October and will run for eight weeks in the fall semester and again in the spring semester. The initiative is set up to help low-skilled workers in Qatar improve their quality of life by learning basic English skills, and therefore supporting them to enhance their access to life opportunities. “Previously, over 150 migrant works from many countries benefited from this volunteer-led initiative,” said Essa Al Mannai, ROTA Director. “We have previously teamed up with students from Carnegie Mellon University – Qatar, who taught the English literacy course to the workers. The programme was a huge success for both the volunteers and the workers, and we are looking forward to another successful, albeit expanded, program this year.” In addition to Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar, this academic year will also see ROTA teaming up with Georgetown University – Qatar and Texas A&M University – Qatar. Interested students will be recruited in September, and training will begin in October. The training course will cover a variety of topics to support students to become full-fledged Literacy Trainers, who will go on to teach English literacy to workers in their universities. Topics covered on the training will include teaching and learning, communication, and understanding the overall context of global migration. “We encourage students from the participating universities to volunteer their time if they are interested to make a difference in their community; they only have to commit to 2-3 hours a week for eight weeks. The programme itself is fun, flexible, and the student volunteers get valuable experience out of it,” said Mohamed Abdallah Saleh, ROTA Community Development Manager. Reach Out To Asia is accepting applications from interested students from the participating schools until the end of September. The Peninsula