Awarded Grants and Program Activities: Q1 2020

Programs for Teachers

Teacher Professional Development Grants

  • Four teachers received QFI funding for professional development training for the following international programs:

Classroom Connection Grants Awarded

  • Eight high schools were awarded grants to participate in classroom virtual exchange with partner schools in Doha. Dominion High School in Sterling, Virginia had the opportunity to visit Doha and meet Qatari students from its partner school in February. 
    • Seven additional schools will have trips to Doha in Fall 2020
    • Activities in Doha include trips to Education City, high school visits, and museum tours

Summer 2020 Study Partners

Middle East Outreach Council (MEOC) Book Awards

  • 500 books given out through MEOC book awards across six states. The top books selected by educators to teach about the Arab World were:
    • Map of Salt and Stars by Jennifer Zeyneb Joukhadar
    • Tasting the Sky: A Palestinian Childhood by Ibtisam Barakat

Ready Set Izra

  • P.S/I.S. 30 Mary White Ovington in Brooklyn and Qatar Academy Sidra continued their virtual exchange for a second academic year. They’ve held two exchanges and the third will take place once school resumes for both communities

Program Updates

Updates from Germany Programs

  • Al Shabah School in Lüneburg received a CREG award.
  • We are collaborating with Heidelberg University to support the annual conference of the Fachverband Arabisch for Arabic lecturers and teachers in Germany set to be held in 2020.
  • Our partner Give Something Back to Berlin (GSBTB) purchased Arabic musical instruments and will now also offer free Arabic music lessons to students and young adults.
  • Meet & Eat Event 
    • In collaboration with our German partners at Be An Angel, we continue to organize our bi-monthly “Meet & Eat” program in Berlin through video conferencing. During this event, newcomers from the Arab World come together with Arabic language learners to cook Arab dishes and participate in discussions.

Quote from student Viola: “I really enjoyed the evening very much. Cooking together was fun. The setting provided a relaxed atmosphere to talk with each other.”

Updates from UK Programs

  • In collaboration with Scotland’s National Center for Languages (SCLIT), QFI is developing two Arabic language and culture programs for primary and secondary students via a virtual learning platform run by e-Sgoil in the Western Isles. The secondary course will be piloted in June and is set to be implemented in both primary and secondary courses during the 2020-21 school year. 
  • Four new CREGS have been awarded in March, three in England and one in Northern Ireland. These awards will support a range of different activities, including Arabic language lessons, online subscriptions, and Arabic learning resources and readers.