Deutsche Bank supports ICDL’s training program for orphan children in Qatar.

In partnership with Qatar Charity, 25 orphans will be taught basic computing skills
UAE, 16 February, 2015 Deutsche Bank and ICDL Arabia, the governing body and certification authority for the ICDL certificate program in Egypt, GCC States and Iraq, have joined forces to provide 25 underprivileged and orphan children from Doha with the much needed and highly valuable digital skills.

The young beneficiaries will undergo comprehensive training in Doha’s Hi Tech Training Center and receive the ICDL certificate for Base Profile upon completion of the module. The candidates registered on December 28, 2014 and the 4-week training program will commence in February 2015.

ICDL’s training program will teach the children the fundamentals of computing, such as explaining the components of a computer and the basics of operating system to enable them to interact in the technology-reliant world. The Base Profile consists of four modules – Computer Essentials, Online Essentials, Word Processing, and Spreadsheets. The learning sessions will be conducted in a fun, safe and nurturing environment to make the experience more appealing and memorable, with gifts to be distributed to the participants. 
Deutsche Bank, who has been recognized for its various impactful Corporate Social Responsibility programs, will sponsor the training program for 25 boys and girls as ICDL Arabia’s partner. The collaboration also reflects the bank’s belief in the youth’s digital literacy and the urgent need to empower to use technology to gain a respectful position in the society.
Salah Jaidah, Chief Country Officer for Deutsche Bank AG in Qatar, stated: “It is with great pleasure that we partner with ICDL and support their training program for the less fortunate children in the State of Qatar. The program will provide these special kids with the necessary skills of the modern technology and it will enlighten their pass towards their future. At Deutsche Bank we are committed to bring our unparalleled global Corporate Responsibility engagement to the communities where we live and operate.”
Qatar Charity, one of the foundations in Qatar concerned with humanitarian work for relief and social developments, both locally and internationally, will be providing the kids group to enrol in IDCL’s training program.
Hind AL-Rayyashi, Program Specialist for orphan activities at the executive management of local development, Qatar Charity, said. “We would like to thank Deutsche Bank and ICDL Arabia for this excellent initiative for the orphans sponsored by Qatar Charity. We encourage community and international partnerships, where we seek to achieve the best for the orphans and their families in Qatar or abroad. We also seek to strengthen our ties with local, Arab and international bodies through programs, activities and several different services from different areas—aiming to build a generation that distinctly adheres to the customs and traditions of Islam and Arab culture, which in turn represents a significant step towards the achievement of the vision and mission of Qatar 2030.”
“On Behalf of the children, we are grateful for Deutsche Bank’s full support to this initiative and to our commitment making digital skills accessible to all youth regardless of their status in life. We aim to reinforce the digital proficiency, especially of young people because of our firm belief that safe proficient for computers are highly vital in today’s information age. Both Qatar Charity and ICDL Arabia extend their gratitude to Deutsche Bank for their contribution. We are looking forward to establishing more collaboration with prestigious organizations such as Deutsche Bank for us to continuously attain our goals,” concluded Jamil Ezzo, Director General, ICDL Arabia.   

Doha College and Pearson Collaborate to Promote E-Learning in Qatar.

Event demonstrates potential of digital learning technology to transform education in Arab region.
Doha, Qatar, 18 November 2014: Leading educators from Qatar and around the Arab World have gathered in Doha to discuss how e-learning can be used to overcome key educational challenges facing the region.

Doha College’s Annual 2014 Conference, which took place recently, focused on how the latest available technology, such as iPads, can be exploited to promote cost effective, high quality teaching and learning environments in Qatar and further afield
Participants explored and discussed how education can be transformed to better suit the needs of learners in the 21stCentury, and the fundamental role technology will play in meeting this goal.
Organizers of the Conference hope that the event will encourage educators to harness the power of digital education in classrooms to help meet the Supreme Education Council’s goal of providing learners with exciting learning environments that increase motivation and creativity amongst learners.
Mark Leppard – Principal of Doha College said: “Digital technology has the potential to improve the learning outcomes of all learners. Emerging technologies afford highly personalised learning opportunities, allowing teachers to cater for the individual learning needs of each student. They can also be utilized to satisfy each learner’s distinct, preferred style of learning, providing extremely flexible, engaging and ultimately effective, teaching and learning for Qatar’s current generation of learners”.
Promoting e-learning in the country’s education institutions is an important goal of the Government of Qatar, who sees the utilization of digital technology as fundamental to the country being able to achieve the human development goals set out in the National 2030 Vision.
Sue Mainey of Pearson, a supporter of this year’s event, says that Conferences such as this are critical for ensuring educators are given the training they need to make the most of new educational technology, and being able to apply it in ways most useful to for learners. She says:
“A substantial body of international research shows that technology on its own cannot have the transformative, scalable effect on education that we need to make real, positive change in the lives of learners. The most effective learning technologies are those that improve on existing pedagogies, creating a more positive and successful learning experience, and which also embed broad-reaching 21stCentury skills in learners, helping them not only acquire academic knowledge, but also prepare them for success in a rapidly-changing, technology-driven workforce.
“It is very important, therefore, that educators are not only given the resources to make this happen, but also the right training so that they have the skills and knowledge needed to take advantage of technological developments, and ensure that their students are being given the opportunity to make the most of the technological revolution that is occurring in our classrooms”.
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In Doha, Director-General discusses Emergency Education Initiative with HH Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser

They expressed hope that this emergency initiative  will be supported
also by other donors and will be implemented in 2012 – 2015 in order to contribute to the realization of UNESCO’s main strategic objectives. The emergency initiative will support the programme and budget adopted by the 36th General Conference, in particular the reinforcement of leadership for Education for All, through advocacy, partnership and monitoring, with a special emphasis on girls and women. Concerted attention will be placed on the least developed countries, which are furthest away from reaching the Education for All goals.

 It will be further complemented by other global initiatives developed to translate the commitment made by the Heads of States at the 2010 MDG Summit, such as Her Highness’ “Educate-A-Child Initiative.”
 It will have three strategic priorities:
 1) Accelerate progress towards the EFA goals and MDG 2 in selected least developed countries (LDSs) and post conflict and post-disaster countries;
 2) advocate for education as key to sustainable developmennt at the global level; and
3) respond to the current financial shortfall in resources for education, including as regards, official development assistance (ODA), national educational budgets and UNESCO’s core educational budget.
The Initiative will focus on improving equitable access to quality basic education and learning opportunities and particular attention will be given to among others improving access to education, especially for marginalized groups, while making it relevant to the labour market.
The Director General Irina Bokova and HH Sheikha Mozah expressed the intention to finalise the programme of work for the implementation of this initiative by the end of February 2012.
The Director General thanked HH for her unwavering support for UNESCO’s core mandate in leading the Global agenda on education.