Students have their say at climate change debate

Posted on 2012-11-15

 

Students from around the world will be making their voices heard at a conference about environmental issues.

More than 500 young people will join together for Doha College’s Model United Nations, which begins on Thursday.

It is the fifth year that the event has been held and, in the lead up to COP18/CMP8 in Qatar, its theme will be environmental action.

 

The entire conference is organised by students and this year it will be led by pupils from the school, including Joshua Casson, the president; Ben Walters, the secretary-general; Adrina Gnanachandran, the deputy president; and Asmita Ahluwalia, the deputy secretary-general.

 

Topics up for discussion range from the economic and financial, such as sustainable development of technology, to the social, humanitarian and cultural, which includes subjects such as the promotion of children in developing nations. 

 

Along with local students, 52 young people from the US, Brazil, Argentina and Qatar will join the debates. They have been selected by Qatar Foundation International to take part in the event as part of its Road to Doha programme, which helps to train youngsters to better understand and develop solutions to critical global issues.

 

Alan Butler, the Doha College Model UN director, said: “This is our fifth conference and every year it gets bigger. We started out with 38 and this year over 500 are taking part. We are looking forward to the ideas the young people will bring and especially to meet so many different students from the Americas.”

 

Joshua, 17, said: “The whole ethos of the model UN is that it is a student-led organisation. So we have a student executive, which means as well as a leadership team, we also have specific leaders from a head of admin, who is responsible for all of the paperwork and how we move around the building, to a head of communications who has been giving out leaflets and spreading the word. I feel that it is going to be a good conference. We have put in the work and I am pretty confident that it will be a success.”

 

The Year 13 student said he believes that it is important to involve young people in discussing ways to tackle climate change. He said: “The most important thing is that young people are equipped with ideas, which in turn generate more ideas, which will go with them as they grow up and become adults.”

 

He added that he hopes that delegates take two things with them from the conference. He said: “Primarily I hope they gain skills such as confidence in themselves. When I joined the model UN I was no good at public speaking but these are basic skills that delegates come out with through talking to other people. Second, I would like them to go home with ideas in their minds. So this is kind of like a booster shot of ideas and knowledge for the delegates.”

 

Joshua also thanked the conference’s sponsors: IBQ, Georgetown University and Geometric Training.

Running parallel to the main conference will be The Hague International Model United Nations’ Youth Assembly, which will focus on climate, education and international relief programmes.

 

The Youth Assembly committee is designed to create project-oriented, realisable, concrete action. It is the first year that it has been introduced to the model UN. During it, 50 students, divided into three committees, will discuss the chosen subjects.

 

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Advisor to Qatar Foundation International (QFI) Kent Lewis has said that the organisation is keen on establishing a learning community involving educators from Qatar, the US and Brazil.

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Al-Raya: Preparative meeting for WISE on Sunday

QFI and partners are hosting pre-wise conference meetings with 50 international educators. The goal of the meeting was to find the important role that is played by innovation and cooperation among cultures through the process of education.

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QNA: QFI hosts pre conference meetings for WISE.

Two meetings in the lead up to WISE will discuss innovation and creative learning. WISE is one of the most important event that gathers educators from all over the world to cooperate and produce creative ways to communicate with students.

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Al-Raya: New app to boost interest in Arabic

Launched by QFI, in partnership with the Qatar Computing Research Institute, Madar Al-Huruf introduces English-speakers to the Arabic alphabet.

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Al-Arab: Application to teach Arabic language

QFI in partnership with QCRI launched the new application “Madar Al-Huruf”, designed to be used in smart phones and seeks to teach the alphabetic Arabic to non-Arabic speakers.

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The Peninsula: QFI pre-WISE meetings to mull cross-cultural ventures

Qatar Foundation International (QFI) and its partners will host two pre-conference meetings focussed on cross-cultural collaboration in education ahead of the 2013 World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) at the Qatar National Convention Center (QNCC) in Doha.

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Anchorage Daily News:8-Year-Old Collects Clothing for Syrian Refugees

After seeing QFI's call for student-led clothing drives for refugees, William Scannell, 8, decided to help. Will collected donations for the our Syrian Refugee Clothing Drive, which got the attention of the Anchorage Daily News and other local TV stations. He is also learning Arabic at the Concordia College in Minnesota, the youngest QFI grantee in QFI's Summer Arabic programs.

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GulfNews: App to teach Arabic to English speakers

A mobile application that introduces native English speakers to the Arabic alphabet has been launched by Qatar Foundation International (QFI) and Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI) in a new effort to make Arabic more accessible to those unfamiliar with the language.

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The Philly Inquirer: Phila. clothing drive to benefit Syrian refugees

As war-displaced Syrians face another harsh winter in windblown camps, Philadelphia groups are collecting "gently used" coats, blankets, shoes, and boots for the refugees.

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Santa Monica Mirror: Traveling Art Exhibition Arrives In Santa Monica Exploring Arab, American Cultural Intersections

Celebrating the crossroads between American and Arab cultures, Qatar Foundation International (QFI) hosted an art exhibit that opened on Monday, June 24 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

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Gulf Times: QFI to host art exhibition in California

Celebrating the crossroads between American and Arab cultures, Qatar Foundation International (QFI) will host an art exhibition opening today at ADC Contemporary & Building Bridges International Art Exchange at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica, California.

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Gulf Times: QFI joins clothing drive for refugees

Qatar Foundation International (QFI) has joined its partners in Qatar and the US in an international clothing drive for Syrian refugee families to commemorate United Nations’ World Refugee Day.

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The Press Enterprise: Ramona teacher studies in Middle East

Ramona High School teacher Renee Day is spending part of her summer in Doha, Qatar, in the Middle East, where she is participating in training sessions and workshops centered on virtual student exchange programs.

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Arizona Daily Star: Two Tucson schools receive grants for Arabic language programs

The Tucson Unified School District received a $465,000 grant from Qatar Foundation International to expand programs at two of its schools.

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Qatar Chronicle: QFI’s ‘Aber’ exhibition to dazzle California Today

Qatar Foundation International (QFI) will host an art exhibition opening today at ADC Contemporary & Building Bridges International Art Exchange at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica, California celebrating the crossroads between American and Arab cultures.

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Santa Barbara Independent: Local Student Selected for NOAA Ocean for Life Program

Carmen Cordero, a resident of Carpinteria, is one of 15 U.S. students selected to participate in the 2013 Ocean for Life program at NOAA's Channel Islands Marine Sanctuary from June 22- July 4.

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GOOD: This interactive art project bridges gaps between high schoolers of Los Angeles and Doha

"They kind of look like us." That's what high school students from Los Angeles reported after first meeting their peers at public schools in Doha, Qatar over spring break in March.

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Tow Center: Aaron Huslage on Mapping The Mangroves

Aaron Huslage has led the effort, Mapping the Mangroves, since it launched in the spring of 2012 in partnership with Qatar Foundation International and Conservation International.

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The Peninsula: QFI in clothing drive for Syrians

To mark the United Nations’ World Refugee Day on Thursday, Qatar Foundation International (QFI) joined its partners in Qatar and the US in an international clothing drive for Syrian refugee families.

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Santa Monica Daily Press: Her life as entertainment

QFI convened a week-long cultural exchange in Doha, Qatar featuring 60 high school students from Doha, Los Angeles and Portland, Ore. to explore cultural identity and language.

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East Atlanta Patch: Ormewood Park Student Selected for International Oceanic Program

Mei-Jing Bernard, a home schooled student, is one of 15 U.S. school-age teens selected to participate in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's 2013 Ocean for Life program at the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary from June 22 through July 4.

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Arizona Public Media: Two Tucson Schools Get $465K For Arabic Language Studies

Tucson Unified School District received $465,000 in grant funding to grow its Arabic language program at two schools.

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Santa Barbara Independent: Ocean 101 for Kids

Hosting students from all across America and the Middle East, Ocean for Life hopes to build solidarity through culture and conservation while also encouraging students to turn their passion for oceanography into something applicable.

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Gulf Times: QFI supports 20th iEARN conference, 17th youth summit

Qatar Foundation International (QFI) is supporting the 20th annual iEARN conference and 17th annual Youth Summit, hosted by Reach Out to Asia (Rota), by providing travel scholarships to support a group of educators from Argentina, Brazil, Canada, and the US to participate in the conference.

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel's letter

On July 12th, Mayor Rahm Emanuel wrote a letter to the students participating in the collaboration between Chicago's Lindblom Math and Science Academy and Qatar Foundation International - teaching students how to build micro-processing based solutions.

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TUSD receives $465,000 grant from Qatar Foundation International to expand Arabic language studies at two district schools

Tucson Unified School District has received $465,000 in grant funding to grow Arabic language programs at Safford K-8 Magnet School and Cholla High Magnet School.

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The Peninsula: Experts take part in QFI Earth Day meet

Qatar Foundation International (QFI) yesterday celebrated Earth Day with the “Climates Change, Can You?” conference focusing on blue carbon and coastal conservation.

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LAUSD Journal: For Southern California students, a trip to Qatar bridges cultures and shapes memories

It was a spring break none of them will ever forget. 
In late March, a group of students from two LAUSD high schools, Bell and New Tech at Jefferson, along with Granada Hills Charter High School, spent a week in Doha, Qatar, speaking Arabic, making art, and building ties to their Qatari peers.

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Mixed Media Art Exhibit Celebrates Common Bonds Between Los Angeles and Qatar

Celebrating the crossroads between American and Arab cultures, Qatar Foundation International (QFI) will host an art exhibit opening on Monday, June 24, 2013, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. The artists are high school students featured in a dynamic multi-disciplinary exhibition presented by QFI from June 24 – July 13th at ADC Contemporary & BUILDING BRIDGES International Art Exchange at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica, California

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QEC Students Attend Global Warming Meet

As part of Road to Doha project, students of Qatar Educational Complex (QEC) for Girls participated in Interactive Video Conferencing (IVC) with their peers in Brazil and the US and wrote articles on global warming in order to create awareness among the local community recently.

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Al Arab: QFI organizes symposium on climate change

QFI organizes "Climates Change, Can You?" conference at Hamad bin Khalifa University on Earth Day, bringing together students, educators, experts and local environmental organizations to discuss environmental issues and collaborate on climate change action plans.

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Qatar Tribune: QFI promotes coastal conservation on Earth Day

DOHA: QATAR Foundation International (QFI) recently celebrated the Earth Day with a special focus on blue carbon and coastal conservation.

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Al Raya: Qatar Debate hosts a dialogue for American Students

Qatar Debates hosts a dialogue as part of Qatar Foundation International's exchange trip program that has brought students from the U.S. to Qatar.

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Al Raya: Unveiling Qatar-Hidden Thoughts exhibition

A Los Angeles-based art gallery exhibits contemporary artworks by Qatari artists titled 'Unveiling Qatar-Hidden Thoughts'.

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The Foundation Magazine: Qatar's graduates on the world stage

As the number of graduates from Hamad bin Khalifa University partner branch campuses continues to rise each year, it is inevitable that some choose to use the degrees earned at Education City to pursue careers or post-graduate studies abroad.

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The Peninsula: Qatari artists feature in Los Angeles gallery

This week, QFI students from Los Angeles-based partner schools joined the exhibition organisers for a day of art workshops at Unveiling Qatar.

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The Telegraph: World's youth gather in Doha to discuss climate change

A number of participants from Qatar Foundation International discussed environmental issues, took part in workshops and learned more about the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

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Al Raya: Closing ceremony of "Tea with Nefertiti" at Mathaf

Mathaf: Arab Meuseum of Modern Art, held the closing ceremony for Tea With Nefertiti last Saturday night.

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The Oregonian: Lincoln High Arabic program grows with student interest

In Sarah Standish's Arabic class at Lincoln High School, where students must ask permission to speak English, the class tries to understand the script in front of them.

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The Huffington Post: Qatar Conference on Scholastic Debate Examines Activity's Role in Empowerment

Qatar Foundation International, a U.S.-based member of the Qatar Foundation dedicated to encouraging cultural contact and global citizenship through education, has supported, since 2011, a debate exchange program.

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The New York Times: How Concerned Are You About Climate Change?

As world leaders gathered for climate talks in Doha, Qatar during COP18/CMP8, The New York Times highlighted the Global Nomads Group and Qatar Foundation International webcast as part of the "Road to Doha" programme.

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Huffington Post: Mapping the mangroves with tablets and tethr in Al Khor, Doha, Qatar

In the Spring of 2012, The Qatar Foundation International (QFI) and Conservation International (CI) partnered to launch the Mapping Mangroves project. Four Qatari high school students, along with four American and four Brazilian high schools students were selected to become Youth Ambassadors.

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The Peninsula: New York City mayor hosts iftar for QFI team

Mayor Bloomberg recently hosted Qatar Foundation International (QFI) to his annual Iftar dinner celebrating the breaking of the fast during the holy month of Ramadan and the cross-cultural diversity of New York City.

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Forest News: Qatar's mangroves: why they matter to climate change

In July, the Qatar Foundation together with CI, launched “Mapping the Mangroves”, a project which encourages the public to upload GPS-tagged photos, videos, and text about Qatar’s mangroves to an online map.

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Gulf Times: QF's Youth Ambassadors Webcast Climate Debate

Qatar Foundation International’s Youth Ambassadors for Science and Environment from Brazil, the US and Qatar, in collaboration with the Global Nomads Group (GNG), held the first-ever student-led webcast programme focusing on the climate change.

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Al Arab: Shaikha Moza bint Nasser meets students studying Arabic at Harlem's elementary school

Shaikha Moza bint Nasser, chairperson of Qatar Foundation visited Harlem's elementary school yesterday, the first public school in New York to introduce Arabic language classes.

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The Times-Picayune: International High School of New Orleans seniors travel to Qatar

Last month, nine seniors from the International High School of New Orleans traveled nearly 8,000 miles to represent the United States at the fifth annual Doha College Model United Nations Assembly in Doha, Qatar. Doha is the capital city of Qatar on the continent of Asia.

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Single Story: Top COP18/CMP8 figure talks of his pride in young eco-activists

Young people who are playing a significant role in helping Qatar towards a sustainable future have been honoured by one of the senior figures of COP18/CMP8 during Youth Day at the UN Climate Change Conference. 

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Q Science: Hikma Hours Highlight Qatar’s Response to Climate Change

Members of various organizations around Qatar* have formed an NGO alliance around climate change initiatives known as Qatar Sustainability Network (QSN). Today saw QSN executives leading a discussion about Qatar’s specific responses to climate change in terms of adaptation, mitigation and capacity building.

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Citizen scientists help map mangroves from Qatar to Brazil

When a group of students on a (QFI) exchange programme to Doha had difficulty communicating with their Qatari counterparts, the programme organizers came up with a way for them to share information.

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Market Wire: Qatar Foundation International and WeVideo Partner to Raise Awareness About Climate Change

Launching Social Video Initiative at COP18/CMP8 to Educate and Inspire.

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Youth ambassadors join global conversation on climate change

When it comes to saving the environment a motivated group of students from the Youth Ambassadors for Science and Environment programme is not leaving anything to chance.

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Students have their say at climate change debate

Students from around the world will be making their voices heard at a conference about environmental issues. More than 500 young people will join together for Doha College’s Model United Nations, which begins on Thursday.

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The Peninsula: QFI to train youth to tackle environmental challenges

In the lead up to Qatar’s hosting of COP18/CMP8 later this month, Qatar Foundation International (QFI) identified 52 students from the US, Brazil, Argentina and Qatar to join with the hundreds of youth coming together at Doha College’s Model United Nations V (DCMUN)

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Gulf Times: QFI joins MUN to train youth in climate issues

Qatar Foundation International (QFI) has joined Doha College Model United Nations (MUN) and The Hague International MUN Youth Assembly to train youth to tackle environmental challenges.

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The Foundation Magazine: QFI Youth Ambassadors enjoy week-long New York trip

Qatar Foundation International (QFI) Youth Ambassadors from Qatar and the US wererecently granted a special audience with Fahad bin Mohammed Al Attiya, ExecutiveChairman of the Qatar National Food Security Programme.

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The Foundation Magazine: Her Highness visits New York school pupils studying Arabic

Her highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of Qatar Foundation (QF), made a special visit to a group of US elementary school students recently.

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The Foundation Magazine: Tackling Global Issues Hands On

‘YALLAH: Reef to Rainforest’, an innovative project from QFI, a United States-based member of Qatar Foundation (QF), aims to energize teenagers in challenging global issues and take the messages learned back to their peers.

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Gulf Times: Qatar project helps map mangroves across world

A project initiated by Qatar Foundation International (QFI) has the potential to augment the protection and study of mangrove patches across the world.

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The Foundation Magazine: QFI sponsors award-winning Arabic course

Qatar Foundation International (QFI) has partnered with Arabic Without Walls, an award-winning online course provider that assists in the teaching and learning of introductory Arabic.

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Gulf Times: Harlem school students welcome Sheikha Moza to classroom in Arabic

HH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, visited elementary school students studying Arabic at a public school in Harlem yesterday.

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Al Raya: Sheikha Moza School meets Harlem students

Her Highness Sheikha Moza bing Nasser, Chairman of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, yesterday visited a primary school in Harlem.

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Revere Journal: Student Reports to Jordan for School This Week

While most students report to Revere High School (RHS) for the start of classes, Alejandro Rojas will be flying to Amman, Jordan for a year-long study in the prestigious King’s Academy. Rojas is a Qatar Foundation International (QFI) education award recipient.

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The Foundation Magazine: Conserving a unique habitat

Mapping the Mangroves, a project led by QFI, a US-based member of Qatar Foundation, engages with environmentally aware individuals to collect and disseminate information about the world’s mangrove forests.

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Al Raya: Students From Qatar Foundation Int'l Participate in Earth Summit in Brazil

There have been chosen 12 students from Qatar, Brazil, and the United States who are interested in global issues and social issues and acting as ambassadors for QFI.

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QF Telegraph: Qatar Foundation delegation takes world stage at UN summit

Youth Delegates from Qatar Foundation (QF) joined thousands of people from around the world at a United Nations (UN) conference in Brazil aimed at working towards a more sustainable future for the planet.

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Gulf Times: YASE pupils prepare for Doha meet on environment

Four Qatari Youth Ambassadors for Science and Environment (YASE) who showcased an environmental project at Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development in Brazil last month, are preparing for yet another environmental conference later this year in Doha.

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ABC 7 News: Arabic Language Program at PS 368 in Harlem

Channel 7 EyeWitness News reports on the Arabic Language and Culture Initiative in PS 368 in Harlem, run by Global Language Project and funded by Qatar Foundation International.

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National Geographic: Photo Camp Doha, People and Nature

In partnership with Qatar Foundation International, National Geographic Photo Camp paired students from Brazil and Qatar for a ten-day exchange program in Doha.

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DNAInfo: Hamilton Heights kids learn Arabic in first-of its-kind program

It looked like any other group of second graders playing during recess at P.S. 368 in Hamilton Heights — except that the students were being given instruction in Arabic.

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WSJ: NYC gets first elementary school Arabic classes

An elementary school in Harlem is the first in New York City to offer regular Arabic-language instruction.

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NY Times: A Harlem elementary school offers Arabic lessons

The students at the Hamilton Heights School were learning Arabic, which will be offered to all second- through fifth-grade students in the fall.

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The Universe: BYU-based Arabic language program receives grant

The National Middle East Language Resource Center at Brigham Young University, in collaboration with the Utah Arabic K-12 Teacher Association, has been awarded a $25,000 grant by the Qatar Foundation International.

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NY1: Students at Harlem school learn Arabic

Instead of recess, several second-graders at P.S. 368 in Harlem chose to study a new language. In September, all second through fifth-graders at the school will study Arabic twice a week. Two non-profit organizations are onboard: The Global Language Project and QFI.

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Telecompaper: Qatar Foundation, Intel provide maths, science modules

Qatar Foundation International (QFI) has tied up with Intel to translate core math and science video modules from the acclaimed Khan Academy into Arabic and load the materials on Intel desktops and laptops.

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Campus Magazine: Mapping the Mangroves

On the occasion of Earth Day, students, teachers, QFI staff and scientists came together for the first-of-a-kind ‘Mapping the mangroves’ project launched by QFI in partnership with Conservation International (CI), to explore and map the mangroves of Qatar at Al Dakhira.

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QF Telegraph: QF is the focus for Earth Day events

Bringing together organizations and individuals working toward an environmentally sustainable future was the focus of the first Qatar Environmental Education Fair, held at the Student Center on 22 April.

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Gulf Times: QFI in climate change initiative

QFI yesterday announced a new initiative, Road to Doha 2012 and Beyond, in association with Global Nomads Group (GNG) in the lead up to the UN Climate Change Conference (COP 18) scheduled to be held in Doha from November 26 - December 7.

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Al Raya: Project Mapping Mangroves

In celebration of Earth Day Qatar, Qatar Foundation International launched the mapping mangroves campaign at Al Dakhira Mangroves, located in the Northeast of Qatar on April 21st, 2012.

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Al Raya: High School Student Ambassadors for science and environment program launch

QFI launched a program entitled: "Youth Ambassadors for Science and the Environment" in collaboration with Shell - Qatar and Qatar National Fund of Scientific Research and Conservation International.

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The Peninsula: Qatar Foundation International launches YASE programme

Youth Ambassadors for Science and Environment (YASE) Programme, which aims to equip youth with the skills they need to face global challenges was launched yesterday at the Qatar Environmental Education Fair.

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Tech Crunch: QFI Partner Raises $19.1M For Cloud-Based Collaborative Video Editing Platform

WeVideo, which recently celebrated its commercial product launch in partnership with Qatar Foundation International, just secured $19.1 million for its cloud-based collaborative video editing platform.

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NYLC: International Youth Commit to Action in Minneapolis

For the last several weeks, youth from around the world have been furiously typing away at their keyboards, brainstorming ways to improve their communities, swapping ideas, and preparing to meet each other in Minneapolis to bring these ideas to life.

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Qatar Tribune: QFI launches youth science & environment programme

Qatar Foundation International (QFI) on Sunday launched the Youth Ambassadors for Science & Environment (YASE) programme which aims to equip the youth with skills they need to face global challenges like climate change, water conservation and other environmental issues.

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Gulf Times: QFI hosts pupils under exchange program

Qatar Foundation International (QFI) has invited students from Doha and Chicago, Illinois, on an environmental-themed exchange programme that examines critical water issued affecting the world.

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Al Sharq: Chicago and Qatar students explore the waterfront of the Potomac River

Qatar Foundation International brought 16 students from Qatar and Chicago together on an exchange trip to discuss water issues.

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Terra: For good performance, students earn trip to Qatar

Twenty-two public school students who participated in the Arabic Language and Culture Program, which takes place in Sao Paulo and Curitiba, will visit Qatar through an exchange promoted by the Library Research Center and South America-Arab Countries (Bibliaspa).

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The Peninsula: Qatari, Brazilian students build bridges of culture

A group of Qatari and Brazilian students yesterday toured Souq Waqif, despite the cold weather as a first step to learn how to use photography and video to communicate their ideas.

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Chicago Tribune: Lindblom Arabic-language students in Qatar

A high school trip to Qatar has become more than just a cultural exchange for a group of Lindblom Math and Science Academy students.

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The Peninsula: National Geographic to train Qatar, Brazil students on photography

Twenty-two high school students and six teachers from the QFI supported Arabic language and culture programmes in Sao Paulo and Curitiba, Brazil, will be paired with students from the Qatar Leadership Academy and Qatar Academy.

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WSJ Market Watch: QFI and WeVideo partner to foster US-Arab relations

WeVideo, the first company to offer full featured, cloud-based, collaborative video editing, today announced that it has partnered with Qatar Foundation International to employ collaborative film making to foster U.S. - Arab cultural ties.

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Al Raya: QFI launches new education initiatives

QFI announced that it was launching several new education initiatives in time for International Education Week, taking place from November 12-16th.

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Al Sharq: On sea water desalination and water conservation

A delegation of students from Lindblom Math and Science Academy in Chicago visited Qatar in a QFI funded cultural exchange trip. The delegation included nineteen students enrolled in a program to teach Arabic.

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Qatar Tribune: US students wind up educational trip

Twenty students from Chicago’s Math and Science Academy concluded a 10-day cultural exchange trip to Qatar on Thursday. The trip was organised by Qatar Foundation International (QFI).

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Al Watan: Qatari and American students paint the footsteps of civilized cooperation

The US Ambassador to Qatar, Susan Ziadeh, received Qatari and American students who participated in the 4th cultural exchange trip organized by the Qatar Foundation International.

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Al Raya: Qatari students share their culture with their American friends

A group of nineteen American high school students enrolled in Arabic language programmes concluded their cultural exchange trip to Qatar with a reception hosted at the U.S. Ambassador's residence.

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Star News: Culture shock no more

Anya Anderson may not be the most obvious student of Arabic, having spent most of her early life at St. Andrew’s Catholic School in Elk River, but she was determined to get a grip on the language.

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Ventura County Star: Ocean Bridges Students from Middle East, West

East met West in Malibu on Monday as a group of high school students from across the U.S. and from the Middle East, including Qatar, met with a group of native Californians at a Chumash village.

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Hawaii Civil Beat: University of Hawaii Hosts Arabic Immersion Camp

This month, 24 young men and women from high schools, L.A., Seattle and throughout the Hawaiian Islands, did something extraordinary.

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JTNews: 'Passover in Doha'

In April 2011, OneWorld Now! student, Margaret Khan, traveled to Qatar as part of QFI's Cultural Exchange trip. She shares her experience in this insightful article.

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Honolulu Star: UH to host Arabic immersion camp

The first Arabic immersion camp for high school students in Hawaii gets under way Sunday at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, with participants coming from as far as Kailua-Kona.

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i-Tech Show: QFI Student TelePresence Debate

An exclusive and special coverage of QFI's Telepresence debates between students from Qatar and the U.S. on Al Hurra TV's The i-Tech Show.

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The National: Chicago pupils embrace Arabic class

For a second-year Arabic class, conducted almost exclusively in the language, Mr Wiley's students showed impressive aptitude.

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Kitsapsun: Kids from oil-rich nation learn environmental lessons on Bainbridge

Rola Wadi has been absorbing American culture most of her young life. American music, movies, TV shows — it's all old hat for Wadi, a teenager from the Persian Gulf nation of Qatar.

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Al Raya: Students in Qatar and the U.S. debate virtually

Qatar Foundation International (QFI) partner schools in Washington D.C. and Doha, Qatar are using Cisco’s innovative TelePresence video conferencing to bridge the gap between them through a series of online debates.

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The Seattle Times: Program gives kids global connections, understanding

OneWorld Now! is a Swiss Army knife of a program. It nurtures intercultural understanding, promotes equality, and makes education accessible to more young people. That's just for a start.

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The Seattle Times: Visiting teens from Qatar find U.S. is not like TV

Fifteen teenagers from the Gulf nation of Qatar are visiting Seattle as part of a student-exchange program funded by the Qatar Foundation International.

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Honolulu Star: High school kids take Arabic

Three nonprofit groups fund language lessons that students find timely due to Mideast events.

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Al Arab: Qatari Students go to Seattle for Get Global

15 Qatari students yesterday left for the United States to attend Get Global, a global youth conference focused on leadership and education.

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Honolulu Star: Ocean for Life: One World, One Ocean

Ocean for Life brings together high school students of diverse backgrounds and cultures to discover marine science, conservation, and how the ocean connects us all.

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Charlestown Patch: Building bridges and traveling the world

The class begins with presentations from two of the students about two Arabic-speaking countries, including Qatar.

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Al Raya: Qatari youth present a model on opening up to the other

Al Raya Journalist Manal Khairy reports on the YALLAH presentation at the 9th annual FIKR Conference.

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Pierce Arrow: Freshman co-founds Youth Allied to Learn, Lead and Help forum

From Boston, Mass., Mallory is the co-founder of Youth Allied to Learn, Lead, and Help, a forum for alumni of the QFI exchange program.

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Fast Company: Qatar – better public diplomacy through online translation

A new online project aims to bring American and Qatari teenagers together through crowd-sourced translation exercises.

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NPR: Students say learning Arabic helps them confront Middle East stereotypes

Approximately 75 students at Washington Latin Public Charter School are learning Arabic and they say the language has helped them confront stereotypes.

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The National: US-Qatar cultural exchange dispels fears

The success of a less touted cultural exchange programme highlights the possibility for smashing stereotypes and building bridges between the two countries.

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The Oregonian: Lincoln High School to add Arabic classes

LHS will offer Arabic to nearly 50 students this fall, making it the only public high school in the state to teach the language.

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Washington Post: Washington Latin students make connection in Qatar

When Martha Cutts, head of Washington Latin Public Charter School, asked her students if anyone was interested in...

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Videos

Profiles in Courage: United For Syria

17-year-old QFI Community Service Grantee, Abdulhassib Al-Jandali, sheds light on the humanitarian crisis in Syria through his campaign United For Syria. For more information about the campaign: fb.com/united4syria | @unitedf0rsyria

Profiles in Courage: An Interview with UNHCR

While visiting refugee camps in the Beqaa Valley, QFI spoke to Lisa Abu Khaled, Public Information Assistant at UNHCR Lebanon. Lisa spoke about the challenges and hardships of being displaced and everyday life in the camps.

The Road to Doha

QFI's Road to Doha program helped train and bring together youth from Qatar, the U.S., Brazil and Argentina to better understand and develop solutions to critical global issues and to more effectively raise environmental awareness.

The Future We Want

In June 2012, Youth Ambassadors for Science and the Environment traveled to Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Caravelas and Abrohlos National Marine Park before heading to Rio+20 Earth Summit.

YALLAH: Commit to Action, Minnesota

QFI selected 36 students from Brazil, Qatar and the U.S. to participate in the National Service-Learning Conference held in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Madeleine Albright Visits Lindblom

On April 10, 2012, Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright visited QFI's partner school, Lindblom Math and Science Academy.

Concordia Language Villages

In summer of 2011, QFI established a partnership with Concordia Language Villages. 31 youth from 20 different schools attended 2 or 4-week sessions at Al Waha, the Arabic Language Village.

QFI / WeVideo Behind the Scenes

The video that launched SXSW Film, highlighting QFI student filmmakers who collaborated on short water films.

QFI Celebrates Foreign Language Week

QFI's Executive Director speaks about the importance of learning another language.

BtoQ Compilation Video

Check out all five "Brazil to Qatar" National Geographic student videos in one compilation.

"Women" during the BtoQ Exchange

Brazilian and Qatari students worked with National Geographic instructors during the Brazil to Qatar exchange to create a short piece on women.

"People and Nature" during the BtoQ Exchange

Brazilian and Qatari students worked with National Geographic instructors during the Brazil to Qatar exchange to create a short piece on people and nature.

Behind the Scenes at Brazil to Qatar: One World, Many Stories

A behind the scenes look at the #BtoQ exchange program that brought 22 high school students from Brazil to meet their counterparts in Qatar.

From Chicago to Doha: Connecting Cultures, Exploring Science

Learn about students from Chicago's Lindblom Math and Science Academy who went on QFI's exchange trip to Qatar.

Chicago2Doha Media Projects

39 students from 3 schools in Chicago and Qatar came together for the Connecting Cultures, Exploring Science trip. Students told their reflections of the trip through images, video and sound.

Glass Blowing at Chihuly's Studio: YALLAH 2011

QFI students in Seattle as part of the YALLAH cultural exchange trip in 2011 were invited to world-renowned glass blower Dale Chihuly's studio.

Sir Richard Branson speaks to Earth Day Qatar 2011

Earth Day Qatar 2011 was the premier event in the region, featuring speakers, discussions, workshops, and a special video message by Sir Richard Branson.

Meet our Brazilian students

Arabic Language and Culture in Sao Paolo - meet the Brazilian students and administrators of this program.

Crossing the divide

Watch as students from QFI partner schools in Washington DC and Boston tell their story of language learning and cultural exchange.

Our mission and the astrolabe

With its rich and varied history, the Astrolabe represents education, science, innovation and diversity. Highlighted in this video, these values underscore QFI's vision and programs.