Reach Out To Asia

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Reach Out To Asia (ROTA)
أيادي الخير نحو آسيا
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Founded 2005
Type Non-profit
Area served
Key people
Al Mayassa Al Thani (Chairperson)
Slogan Towards Education for all... Today, Tomorrow, Forever
Website Official website

Reach Out To Asia (ROTA) is a Qatari-based non-profit organization that empowers local communities by providing access to quality primary and secondary education to children affected by crisis across Asia. It was launched in December 2005 under the patronage of Crown Prince Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al- Thani and chaired by Sheikha Al-Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani.[1] ROTA envisions a world in which all young people have access to the education they need in order to realize their full potential and shape the development of their communities. Together with partners, volunteers, and local communities Reach Out To Asia works to ensure that people affected by crisis across Asia and around the world have continuous access to relevant and high-quality primary and secondary education.

Working under the auspices of the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science, and Community Development – a private, chartered, non-profit organization, ROTA pursues its objectives through ROTAQ[2]– which handles activities within Qatar - and ROTAsia[3]—responsible for programs across Asia and the Middle East. In its effort to promote education, ROTA implements educational projects in countries where immediate action is needed. Ten countries have been identified as ROTA’s priorities: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Indonesia, Iraq, Lebanon, Nepal, Pakistan, Palestine and Yemen. Some of them are among the world’s poorest countries, while others have suffered war or natural disasters during the last years.

In June 2011, ROTA in collaboration with the Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE) began the process of translating the agency communications and training tools into Arabic. The programme, ‘INEE Arabic Language Community: Supporting Quality Education in Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Recover in the Arabic-Speaking World’ was established to ensure that the communities in the Middle East have access to and benefit from INEE’s useful tools and resources.[4]