Posted on February 16, 2016

Reach Out To Asia (ROTA), a member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF), recently launched the fourth phase of the ‘Better Connections Program’, an information and communications technology (ICT) framework aimed at educating low-income workers in Qatar. The Program, initiated by the Ministry of Transport and Communications, is sponsored by Msheireb Properties in partnership with Microsoft Qatar and Sheikh Thani Bin Abdullah Foundation for Humanitarian Services (RAF).

The ‘Better Connections Program’ started training the fourth batch of volunteers at the headquarters of the Ministry of Transport and Communications on February 12. Designed to improve the living conditions of migrant workers in Qatar by providing access to ICT facilities, the Program will equip workers with essential information and communication technology skills. This endeavor aligns with QF’s aspiration to build a knowledge-based economy by driving the development of human capital.

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Last year, 65 volunteers from the local community received significant training by ROTA, visiting accommodation in various locations across Doha. Currently, there are more than 335 ‘Digital Champions’ in basic computer and internet communication skills who will continue this knowledge-sharing premise by passing on their newly acquired skills to other workers in need. Through this innovative cascade model of training, the Program is expected to reach over 4,000 low-skilled workers in various companies in Qatar.

Commenting on the fourth batch of the Program, Arwa Musaaed, the ‘Better Connections Program’ Manager at ROTA, said: “Empowering humans regardless of their position is at the core of ROTA’s values, and this is why we decided to join the Program last April. ROTA is committed to providing support for migrant workers in Qatar, helping to develop their digital knowledge in cooperation with our partners and volunteers." Over the past two years, the ‘Better Connections Program’ has grown into one of the largest public-private partnerships in Qatar, and ultimately aims to strengthen Qatar’s digital culture.