Posted on January 13, 2013

Qatar Petroleum (QP), the state-owned corporation responsible for all phases of the oil and gas industry in Qatar, is once again demonstrating its outstanding contribution to the nation’s social development by sponsoring Reach Out To Asia’s Adult English Literacy (RAEL) initiative which helps low-skilled workers improve their English language skills.

"Sponsoring Reach Out To Asia’s Adult English Literacy programme clearly demonstrates the strength of QP's partnership approach in our corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives," says Mr. Abdulrahman Abdulla M Al-Obaidly, Manager for Public Relations and Communications of QP.

"In addition, it affirms QP's commitment to the social development of Qatar as we contribute in empowering people with valuable skills that will surely make a difference in their lives."

Inaugurated in 2009, the RAEL program was created by ROTA to teach English literacy and language skills to low-skilled migrant workers, in partnership with Al-Jaidah Group and several Education City universities, namely Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, Carnegie Mellon University, Texas A & M University at Qatar and Weill Cornell Medical College Qatar.

The RAEL programme, sponsored by Qatar Petroleum, has recently finished yet another successful semester with 155 workers including cleaners, pantry staff and other support staff completing the eight-week Fall semester which ended in December. In addition, 52 volunteers from Georgetown School of Foreign Service-Qatar, Texas A&M University in Qatar, Weill Cornell Medical College Qatar, ROTA and Qatar Petroleum participated in the RAEL Fall semester programme.

“Receiving the support of Qatar’s most prominent corporation is testament to the success of ROTA’s Adult English Literacy initiative,” says ROTA National Programme Director, Mr. Mohammed Abdulla Al Saleh. “We are extremely grateful to QP for its assistance as the RAEL programme looks to continue teaching language skills that make a real difference to people’s lives.”

The RAEL programme provides both an educational opportunity for  workers who may have had limited schooling in their own countries, and a valuable service learning opportunity for that gives students and volunteers new skills and an understanding of different communities and their needs.

Volunteers attend a two-day training program to qualify as Literacy Trainers. The training covers practical information relating to teaching English, communication across language barriers, and the effects of global migration. At the end of the training, Literacy Trainers are given a personal copy of the RAEL curriculum, in addition to lesson plans and activity sheets.

RAEL Literacy Trainers are responsible for teaching workers based in their university or organisation. The literacy classes have traditionally been delivered over a period of 16 weeks with a mid-course break after the first 8 weeks, which is planned to coincide with the December break. 

RAEL classes are taught during a 16-week period split into two semesters. The 2012-13 Fall semester began in October and ended in December, while the Spring semester starts in February and finishes in April 2013. In May 2013, ROTA plans will host a reflection event to showcase and celebrate the achievements of both Trainers and Learners.

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