Posted on September 19, 2017

Education Above All (EAA) foundation, through its programme Reach Out To Asia (ROTA) has launched its Adult English Literacy (RAEL) Programme again this year. Launched in 2009, the RAEL programme is aimed at all low-skilled workers at partnering organisations who have low levels of English language and literacy and are keen to develop their skills in this area. The initiative enables migrant workers to develop their ability to effectively communicate at a basic level in English in their daily activities.

Over the course of the coming two years, ROTA will collaborate with six partnering organisations; Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar; Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar; Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar; Northwestern University in Qatar; the Academic Bridge Program; the HBKU Student Housing English Language Program; as well as Doha Expressway (CH2M HILL), a project of Ashghal; and the Light Railway Transit System (LRT), a project of Qatari Diar VINCI Construction (QDVC). Volunteer Literacy Trainers will be drawn from the student bodies of these universities as well as the organisations.

To kick-off the RAEL initiative this year, the local non-profit hosted its first ‘Training for Trainers’ workshop recently, at the Qatar Foundation Recreation Center. The RAEL Programme will take place over a 16-week period that is split into two terms. The first term began this week and will last for eight consecutive weeks, while the second term will start in February 2018.

This year, over 60 volunteers from partnering organisations and EAA’s ROTA are entrusted with the task of helping low-skilled workers improve their English language skills. By teaching workers within their own organisations, the student volunteer tutors will help improve productivity as well as demonstrate a commitment to social responsibility and life-long learning. A key feature of the programme is that it offers opportunities for young people in Qatar to take part in experiential service-learning, thus developing their skills and knowledge as RAEL Literacy Trainers and Champions.

Rasmeya Hassan Al Jamali, Community Development Specialist, National Programmes Department, ROTA, said: “The RAEL training course is an essential component of the Adult English Literacy programme offered to migrant workers in Qatar. It ensures our volunteer tutors have a thorough understanding of the course material and are well prepared to effectively facilitate the programme.” “Training the RAEL facilitators to become confident literacy tutors will ensure that migrant workers will reap the maximum benefit from the Adult English Literacy programme. The course also reaffirms the importance of social responsibility and community development,” Al Jamali added.

Mahmoud Albana, volunteer tutor from Ashghal, said: “Now that I have completed the training programme, I feel confident in my ability to effectively facilitate the Adult English Literacy programme. The training has enhanced my skill set and given me a broader understanding of some of the challenges facing migrant workers. I look forward to conducting the training and helping to positively impact the lives of migrant workers in Qatar.”