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Expanding Minds and Stretching Language Skills with Arabic Yoga

Qatar Foundation International Names Winners of #ArabicYoga Contest and Releases Arabic Yoga Lesson Plan

 May 22nd, 2017, WASHINGTON, DC – And the winner is…. Kalimah Programs for Arabic Language, Culture, and Arts, in Rockville, MD! Having won almost 50% of the over 1000 votes cast, Qatar Foundation International (QFI) declared Kalimah Programs the winner of its #ArabicYoga contest with the grand prize of $500 for their additional classroom resources.

Arabic Yoga began as a class that utilizes yoga poses to teach Arabic vocabulary in the first Arabic dual-immersion program in Texas, Arabic Immersion Magnet School (AIMS) – a QFI sponsored program. Combined with a larger health and wellness initiative, yoga was a unique and fitting addition to the immersion experience, creating a fun and effective way to teach the language.

Across the U.S., students and teachers uploaded photos and videos of themselves to Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, describing their favorite word in Arabic with a yoga pose.

“We have been using yoga as part of our Arabic Immersion Weekend Program to engage kids in active, meaningful language learning. We came up with pose names in Arabic that help kids remember words like table, chair, tree, frog, lion, star, child, and others. For the contest, the kids were excited to come up with a new pose that involves group work. The word “عربي” (‘arabi) represents both our passion for learning Arabic and our fascination with how the different letters join (and not join) to form words and convey meaning. Just like the letters, we work together to make Arabic come to life and integrate it into our everyday lives. We plan to use the money as scholarships for families with limited income to help them access programs and opportunities for learning Arabic.” said Layali Eshqaidef, Founder and President of Kalimah Programs

QFI also released a lesson plan on Arabic Yoga in Arabic and in English on their Open Education Resource (OER) site, Al-Masdar. The lesson plan, written by Eden Bass of the Arabic Immersion Magnet School, Houston, TX, serves as a guide for a 45-minute Arabic yoga class and is meant to be used by an Arabic teacher with students ranging in age from 4 to 7 years old. These thematic yoga lessons can be adapted for any classroom and age group or language ability. It includes an introduction activity, yoga sequence, moment of relaxation, and a closing activity. The lesson plan is available for use and adaptation in English and Arabic here.

Maggie Mitchell Salem, QFI’s Executive Director said: “QFI is proud to support new and creative methods in Arabic pedagogy. Combining physical education with language learning is essential to keep students engaged in the classroom! Innovatively incorporating language in early education is a seamless way to integrate a critical 21st Century skill.”

Arabic is spoken by over 400 million people worldwide, is the fastest-growing second language in the United States, and has helped US students pursue careers in business, journalism, diplomacy, national security, and much more. QFI sees language as a fabric to connect cultures, and has partnered with 24 K-12 public and public charter schools across the country, allowing American students to gain a foothold in the Arabic language from a young age.

Qatar Foundation International (QFI), LLC, is a U.S.-based member of Qatar Foundation (QF). QFI operates as both a grant-making organization, and a convener of thought leaders on issues related to global and international education, open education and education technologies as they intersect with the three core QFI programmatic areas: Arabic language and Arab culture, STE{A}M (STEM plus the Arts), and Youth Engagement.

QFI inspires meaningful connections to the Arab world by creating a global community of diverse learners and educators and connecting them through effective and collaborative learning environments —inside and outside the classroom.

Through our activities, QFI is committed to providing K-12 students in Qatar, the Americas, and the United Kingdom (UK) with the intellectual, communicative, and cultural competencies that will enable them to be engaged global citizens.

Students from the U.S. and Qatar Earn a Trip of a Lifetime to Disneyland for the National Service Learning Conference, Dare to Dream!

Students from the U.S. and Qatar Earn a Trip of a Lifetime to Disneyland for the National Service Learning Conference, Dare to Dream!


Selected Students to Join Qatar Foundation Internationals Cultural Exchange Trip to the National Service Learning Conference in California to Present their own Service Projects

LOS ANGELES /QATAR – March 21, 2017: Qatar Foundation International (QFI) has partnered with the National Youth Leadership Council (NYLC) to bring together seven students from Qatar and four from Portland, Los Angeles and Tucson to participate in the 28th annual National Service Learning Conference (NSLC): Dare to Dream!, held at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, from March 22-24, 2017.The students were selected through QFI’s and NYLC’s service learning exchange program, YALLAH Commit to Action (YALLAH C2A). Over the course of four months, YALLAH C2A trained, mentored, and supported an international cohort of young change-makers, to collaborate and complete service projects that work towards achieving the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

Students presented their community service projects at a live virtual showcase that took place in Doha, Qatar on the 26th of February. The top projects were selected to present at the National Service Learning Conference. Projects presented to judges included, ‘Saving the Planet, One Step at a Time’; ‘Quality Education: Youth Engagement’; ‘Hope through Hygiene among Homeless in Portland’; ‘Gender Inequality in Sports’; ‘Saving the Turtles of the Gulf’; and ‘Service for Workers’.

Lina Draidia, a student at Al Bayan Secondary Independent School for Girls, Doha, and one of the students selected to join the exchange, said: “Being part of C2A has been a life-changing experience. It has given me an amazing opportunity to make a difference to the lives of other young people. Our project focuses on the lack of awareness around the availability of quality education in marginalized communities. I think that allowing the youth to develop these projects is a marvelous idea because we are the same age as the people we are trying to help and we have so much in common with them.”

“We are very proud of our students and their commitment to addressing global issues through service-learning and our ongoing partnership with NYLC,” said Maggie Mitchell Salem, Executive Director of QFI. “These exchanges offer students and educators a chance to reach beyond their classroom and their community to develop cross-cultural and critical thinking skills that are essential in an increasingly interdependent world.”

During the conference, students will attend workshops to learn more about service-learning and youth empowerment across the globe. Additionally, the 11 students will lead their own workshops for Dare to Dream attendees on their service-learning projects and will also take part in educational and cultural tours of Anaheim and Los Angeles throughout the week, including a luncheon hosted by the Consulate General of the State of Qatar. The conference culminates with a Day of Service, where students and teachers will participate in community service throughout Anaheim, to give back to the host community, connect with nonprofits in the area, and hear from community leaders.

Additionally, QFI supported NYLC to translate the K-12 Service-learning Standards for Quality Practice into Arabic. This valuable material now allows Arabic speakers from around the world to learn about and create their own service-learning projects using tools built specifically for them.

-About Qatar Foundation International

Qatar Foundation International (QFI), LLC, is a U.S.-based member of Qatar Foundation (QF).

QFI operates as both a grant-making organization, and a convener of thought leaders on issues related to global and international education, open education and education technologies as they intersect with the three core QFI programmatic areas: Arabic language and Arab culture, STE{A}M (STEM plus the Arts), and Youth Engagement.QFI inspires meaningful connections to the Arab world by creating a global community of diverse learners and educators and connecting them through effective and collaborative learning environments —inside and outside the classroom.Through our activities, QFI is committed to providing K-12 students in Qatar, the Americas, and the United Kingdom (UK) with the intellectual, communicative, and cultural competencies that will enable them to be engaged global citizens.

Visit www.qfi.org to learn more.

About the National Youth Leadership Council

The National Youth Leadership Council is the premier supporter and advocate for K-12.Service-learning.For more than 30 years, NYLC has transformed classrooms, empowered teachers, and developed student leaders by leading the way in providing high-quality, dynamic service-learning content to school districts, classrooms, and out-of-school youth programs.NYLC accelerates student achievement by strengthening academic, civic, and character outcomes through service-learning. We help tap into the passion, creativity, and ingenuity of all young people to make real change happen. With online content, customized professional development, tools, resources, and more, NYLC is leading the way to transform community into classroom and inspiring all young people to Serve. Learn. Change the world®.

Visit www.nylc.org to learn more.

 

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