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October 3, 2013

Once Again ROTA Joins Hands With HBKU For Adult English Literacy Program

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ROTA_logo.jpgReach Out To Asia (ROTA) has once again joined hands with selected Hamad Bin Khalifa Universities for the Adult English Literacy (RAEL) initiative to help low-skilled workers improve their English language skills.

The RAEL initiative kicked off its 2013-14 program with a two-day ‘Training The Trainer’ course for new volunteer student tutors.

This year, 36 volunteers representing Georgetown University - School of Foreign Service in Qatar, Texas A&M University at Qatar, Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar, Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar, and Reach Out To Asia, were trained in RAEL ‘Training of Trainers’ at ROTA on 20 and 21 September.

After completing the course developed by Qatar Milestone Training Solutions (QMTS), qualified Literacy Trainers will go on to deliver a specially created curriculum to low-skilled workers employed at four Qatar Foundation universities and Reach Out To Asia .

ROTA’s Adult English Literacy initiative enables workers to achieve personal goals and improve life opportunities. By teaching laborers who work within their own campus, the student volunteer tutors also affirm each university’s commitment to social responsibility and lifelong learning.

ROTA’s Adult English Literacy classes are taught during a 16-week period split into two terms. The first term begins on 22 September and ends on 22 of December, with the second term starting in February and finishing in April 2014.

Inaugurated in 2009, the ROTA’s Adult English Literacy program was created to develop the English literacy and language abilities of Qatar’s low-skilled migrant workers. During the 2012-13 season, 73 university students taught basic and intermediate level English classes to 130 workers employed across the four universities, with cleaners, pantry staff and other support staff among the Qatar Foundation workers learning improved English language skills.

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