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.
Inaugurated in 2009, the RAEL programme 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. The programme provides both an educational opportunity for workers who may have had limited schooling in their own countries, and a valuable service learning opportunity giving 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. Sponsored by Qatar Petroleum, the RAEL programme 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.
ROTA National Programme Director, Mr Mohammed Abdulla Al Saleh commented:
Receiving the support of Qatar’s most prominent corporation is testament to the success of ROTA’s Adult English Literacy initiative. 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.”
In May 2013, ROTA plans to host a reflection event to showcase and celebrate the achievements of both Trainers and Learners.