Education Above All (EAA) Foundation’s programme, Reach Out to Asia (Rota), held a reflection event recently at the Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) Student Center to recognise the outstanding achievements of low-skilled workers and volunteer student tutors who participated in Adult English Literacy Programme and Rota Adult Arabic Literacy Programme.
Rota’s learning initiative was conducted in collaboration with selected universities to enable workers to achieve personal goals and improve life opportunities far from their daily duties. During adult literacy programmes' reflection event at the Qatar Academy Education City, students and migrant workers were felicitated with certificates for participating in the programmes.
A total of 100 student volunteers from Georgetown, Carnegie Mellon, Weill Cornell Medical College, Academic Bridge, English Language Programme, Light Rail Transit System (a project of Qatari Diar Vinci Construction) and Doha Metro Red Line South, taught basic- and intermediate- level English classes to the workers employed in the universities within Education City.
A total of 18 student volunteers from the Academic Bridge Programme, the Education City Mosque and Qatar University took part in the training course designed to equip volunteer tutors with the necessary skills to effectively facilitate the initiative. The Arabic Literacy Programme was established to address the learning needs of migrant workers in Qatar and to promote mutual respect between different cultures.
After completing the course, migrant workers are able now to speak conversational Arabic and have a greater understanding of Arab culture and Qatari society. “The Rota Adult Literacy Programme is a means of supporting workers to enhance their ability to achieve personal goals and improve life opportunities. We hope that by participating in the literacy programmes, participants will develop higher aspirations and an increased sense of well-being and empowerment,” said Rota executive director Essa al-Mannai.