Posted on June 25, 2011

Reach Out To Asia (ROTA), In collaboration with the Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE), is in the process of translating the agency communications and training tools into Arabic.  This program, entitled “INEE Arabic Language Community: Supporting Quality Education in Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Recover in the Arabic-Speaking World” was developed to ensure that the communities across the Middle East have access to and benefit from INEE’s useful tools and resources

“This program has three goals,” said Mr. Essa Al Mannai, ROTA Director. “First, we are aiming to strengthen collaborative work between the Arabic speaking-community and INEE through engagement to prepare them for the implementation of INEE’s tools.  Second, the program will ensure through their educational institutes communities across the region are prepared for emergency response and recovery as based on the application of INEE tools.  And third, advocate emergency preparedness education across the Middle East by partnering government entities with humanitarian ones to make certain that their policies are aligned, and funding is committed to emergency education.

The Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies is a global network of groups and agencies, such as non-governmental organizations, the United Nations, and governments, and populations affected by natural or human-made disasters, to ensure that all people have access to safe and quality education during emergencies and in the recovery period.  As a result of this extensive and far-reaching collaboration, INEE has developed tools to ensure that this goal is met.

ROTA representative attended the INEE Tools Launch in Amman, Jordan last May, which was co-hosted by ROTA, UNICEF, Save the Children, UNRWA, and the International Rescue Committee.  One of ROTA’s strategic goals is to provide educational resources and toolkits in the Arabic language to ensure that Arabic-speaking NGOs, Ministry of Education staff, practitioners, researchers and other relevant stakeholders in the region have access to this material and can benefit from it. ROTA has supported the translation, printing and dissemination of the INEE Teaching and Learning Guidance Notes, INEE Inclusive Education Pocket Guide, and INEE Teacher Compensation Guidance Notes.  In addition, an INEE Arabic blog will be launched with regular updates, allowing Arabic Language Community members to virtually engage and debate on topics of interest.

“Initially, 250 members of the Arabic Language Community and almost 800 Arabic speaking INEE member will benefit,” added Mr. Al Mannai. “What is more staggering is the number of indirect beneficiaries:  up to two and half million just out-of-school children and countless more will have access to quality education, regardless of natural disasters and civil strife.”

For more information about the INEE translation program, and other ROTA initiatives, please visit www.reachouttoasia.org.

Categories: