Reach Out To Asia (ROTA) today hosted a press conference for local and international media to share specifics for 20th Annual iEARN (International Education and Resource Network) International Conference and 17th Youth Summit, taking place at Qatar National Convention Center (QNCC) from 1 July – 6 July 2013.

iEARN2013The theme of this year’s conference will be ICT for Education: Reaching Out, Building Bridges, and will focus on the use of technologies in education to reach out, learn and build a better world together.

Giving further details about the conference, Executive Director at ROTA, Essa Al Mannai, said:

ROTA has assembled world- renowned speakers like Dr Essam Heggy, Dr Mohamed Ally, Peter Copen, Dr Judi Harris and Julie Lindsay, who will address the conference. These speakers are pioneers in their field and I am convinced their speeches will be a defining moment for every educator and student present at the conference.’

Topics such as environment, cultural diversity and the use of Information and Communication Technologies in the classroom will be taken up at the conference. Educators and students will be able to attend plenary sessions, deliver or attend a variety of workshops to further develop their knowledge and skills, share experiences, discover innovative ways to use ICTs, and connect with their peers across the world.

The conference is open to all educators and students already involved in iEARN as well as those interested in the field of ICT for Education. The conference programme will offer eight plenary sessions, two panel discussions, and more than 90 workshops and presentations. In addition, there will be an exhibition for students and teachers to showcase their projects, or present about their cultures.

Being staged in the Gulf for the first time since the conference began in 1994, the 20th Annual iEARN International Conference will witness the congregation of around 500 teachers and students from more than 50 countries to come to Qatar to share and learn how technology is being used in the classrooms.

ROTA announced that RasGas is the Golden Sponsor and Qatar Vinyl Company, the Bronze sponsor, while the Supreme Education Council is the official partner of the iEARN conference.

Al Mannai said:

By hosting the iEARN conference in Qatar, we will be making history as the first country in the Gulf to host the event. This year marks the 25th anniversary of iEARN, and we look forward to commemorate this milestone by making it as the most successful conference of iEARN.’

iEARN is a non-profit organisation made up of over 30,000 schools and youth organisations in more than 130 countries. iEARN empowers teachers and young people to work together online using the Internet and other new communications technologies. Over 2,000,000 students each day are engaged in collaborative project work worldwide.

Since 1988, iEARN has pioneered on-line school linkages to enable students to engage in meaningful educational projects with peers in their countries and around the world.

ROTA is the official representative of the iEARN programme in Qatar. iEARN-Qatar provides opportunities for students and teachers to collaborate through the network with other iEARN communities around the world.

Al Mannai said:

iEARN-Qatar hopes to create thought-provoking and information-sharing occasions for all iEARNers as well as educators for a better quality of education.’

Educators have the opportunity to join the ROTA Knowledge Network and benefit from professional development to further develop their professional skills and implement meaningful online projects supporting their teaching.

Since its launch in 2008, the programme has reached 95 schools, 411 teachers have been trained and 1,442 students have actively participated in projects.

For more information, visit iEARN’s website.