Qatar Foundation International provides support for in-school Arabic language and culture programs across the United Kingdom, with renewal decisions made at the end of each year. Programs can vary from cross-disciplinary cultural initiatives, to fully incorporated Arabic language classes. Grants for schools are designed for QFI to gradually decrease their funding while the school takes on increased responsibility for their program from year to year. QFI has provided direct support to 35 Arabic programs at public and public charter schools in the US, UK, Brazil, and Canada. You can apply by visiting the QFI website.
QFI has launched its Classroom Resource Enrichment Grants (CREGs) in the United Kingdom! CREGs are small scale grants of up to £700 that can be used to support Arabic language or Arab culture programs either in purchasing materials for the classroom, or for smaller scale events such as culture nights or field trips. You can apply by visiting the QFI website.
Connect with a refugee and learn some Arabic
Qatar Foundation International and the British Council are pleased to offer language teachers/citizenship teachers an exciting opportunity with Chatterbox and NaTakallam.
An innovative opportunity for schools to hear about the value of language learning first hand: connect with a refugee to learn some of their language and hear their personal story and to learn more about the Arab world.
- Stand-alone activity very easy to set up, can link to a number of priorities in your school (Languages, citizenship, international education)
- Sessions take place via Skype and last 30/45 mins by qualified tutors
- Lessons are delivered by trained refugee tutors from academic and professional backgrounds; doctors, dentists, lawyers, and teachers.
- FREE (QFI and the British Council will cover the cost of your session)
The refugees participating are professionals who want to use their skills to benefit both them and wider society. In the UK, several factors inhibit these highly skilled and motivated individuals from finding employment. Chatterbox and NaTakallam have developed a programme of training, work and support, to help them leverage their existing language skills to benefit themselves, their families, and wider society. Data from previous sessions suggests that this innovative co-curricular activity positively impacts student uptake, retention, and attainment on language courses.
A participating pupil said:
'It was really inspirational and I loved learning about how languages can change your life. Also it was really good hearing first handed how languages can open so many doors to any career.'
Chatterbox offers online and in-person language tutoring delivered by trained refugees. Their Conversation Practice service is used by leading universities and their Complete Language Tuition courses have a 100 per cent completion rate.
Watch a Reuters report on Chatterbox.
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NaTakallam ("we speak" in Arabic) connects forcibly displaced persons with language and cultural exchange students around the world, providing them with economic opportunity, purpose, and re-gained dignity. Displaced people have self-generated over $400,000 through their work with NaTakallam. Give your students engaging, immersive language practice and cultural exchange with NaTakallam. NaTakallam has partnered with QFI to bring virtual guest speaker sessions that amplify refugee voices to schools worldwide. Programs can be conducted in English or Arabic (or a blend of both), as a single 60-minute session, or a three- or 10-part series, any of which can be integrated into an existing school class or an extracurricular club activity.
Watch an introduction to NaTakallam.
Ready to bring NaTakallam to your school? Contact us or sign up today.