DOHA: Twenty-four students, five teachers and a trainer from five Independent secondary schools have left for a seven-day visit to an education project in Indonesia.
The trip under the Reach Out to Asia (ROTA) Volunteer Programme in collaboration with Indonesian Titian Foundation and under sponsorship of Vodafone Qatar, involves students from Al Ieman Independent Secondary School, Al Bayan Independent Secondary School, Amna Bint Wahab Independent Secondary School, Al Sailiyah Independent Secondary School and Qatar Independent Secondary School.
The girls will participate in student-led activities and workshops on sports, environment, English language, and art.
“We are delighted to see Qatari female students get engaged in international community service, thanks to ROTA’s continuous efforts to make international volunteering accessible for all. Vodafone Qatar is proud to sponsor ROTA’s International Outreach Programme and encourage youth to reach out to the world and help,” said Dana Haidan, Head, Corporate Social Responsibility, Vodafone Qatar.
“ROTA’s international volunteer trips provide unique opportunities for Qatar-based volunteers to be exposed to the incredible work ROTA contributes to Asia and get involved in hand-on work on these projects. Volunteers commit themselves to an exhausting programme of work and activities during the trip but, in the end, gain from an immensely rewarding and fulfilling experience,” said ROTA Executive Director Essa Al Mannai.
ROTA’s relationship with the foundation began in 2006. In the aftermath of the May 2006 earthquake in Klaten District, ROTA supported the construction of a vocational school in the district. The partnership with the foundation continues and the latter remains a big supporter of international volunteer trips.
The students will visit S D Banyuripan Elementary School in Bayat Village in Yogyakarta. The school has 194 students in grades 1 through 6 and seven classrooms where volunteers will give workshops.
“Our programme is designed to immerse students in the local culture and ensure they benefit from a positive learning experience throughout the visit, while leaving time to enjoy their visit to Indonesia,” said Mohamed Abdulla Saleh, ROTA’s National Programmes Director.
Noora Al Kubaisi, teacher at Al Bayan Independent Secondary School, said, “I have been on several volunteer trips with ROTA chaperoning my students. It is always exciting to join these trips and I am looking forward to knowing people and the culture of Indonesia and working with students. I am convinced that by the end of the trip, I will end up discovering the true essences of life; sharing and giving”.
Amina Al Jassim, student from Qatar Independent Secondary School said, “It is an honour to be part of ROTA’s volunteer programme as it gives me an opportunity to realise my belief that every child has the capacity to succeed in school and life, if only they have access to a quality education, and this is what ROTA is doing”. The Peninsula