In conjunction with local, national, and international initiatives, Qatar is committing to increasing literacy amongst primary school children with its First Annual Qatar Literacy Conference. Created by Qatar University’s College of Education, a program named Teach For Qatar was announced, in which volunteers will help teach Arabic or English to primary school children having problems with learning.
Many local and international organizations joined the conference to provide examples of successful programs. Olivia O’Sullivan, Co-Director of the UK’s Power of Reading Project, which increased active reading amongst students from 16% to 95% in one program year, presented some strategies for literacy education. Engaging teachers in literacy projects and having them be enthusiastic about reading encourages children to read. Other ideas for increasing literacy included book clubs, which have peers engage one another.
“This conference is sending a strong message that we need to share the responsibility of increasing literacy rates and preparing our children to become engaged members of their communities,” said the Dean of the College of Education.
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