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Rota opens two community centres in Nepal

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A DELEGATION from Reach Out To Asia (Rota), a member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, has officially opened two community centres in Nepal.

The ongoing project, launched in 2014, is aimed at empowering youth and providing information and communications technology (ICT) facilities designed to help eliminate ICT barriers. The project, developed in partnership with READ Global and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, will serve an estimated 100,000 people, including 35,000 from four rural districts throughout central and western Terai.

With a special focus on ICT skills, the project aims to establish and upgrade 11 community centres overall, creating educational, social and economic opportunities for communities, with a special focus on youth. The project aligns with Qatar Foundation's ambition to help unlock human potential by providing opportunities for young people.

The delegation, led by Rota's Director of Quality, Impact and Strategy, Abdulla al Abdulla, opened the Deukhuri Community Library and Resource Centre (CLRC) in the Dang District, and the Kalika CLRC Centre in the Bardiya District on March 5 and 6, respectively.

"Through this project, Rota intends to expand living and educational resources for communities and the youth in particular. This is in line with our mission to engage young people and diverse community members in order to address educational and developmental challenges, both at home and abroad," Abdulla said.

The two new centres are owned and operated by the local communities they benefit, and provide free access to a wide variety of resources. This includes a library and a range of ICT tools, as well as educational toys, sports and books for children and young people. Each centre has also formed a youth leadership subcommittee so that the local young people can have a say in what kind of programme and resources are offered at the centre.

The first centre to benefit as part of the delegation is the Deukhuri CLRC, which was constructed in 2015 in Gadhawa village in the Rapti Zone of the mid-western region of Nepal, where 68 percent of a total population of 12,453 are literate. In partnership with READ Global, Rota has provided financial aid in the region of QR455,000 to support the four-year programme, which will run from 2014 to 2017.

The second centre to prosper from the Rota delegation is Kalika CLRC, which is located in Kalika village in the Bheri Zone, also in the mid-western region of Nepal. The village is home to a population of 15,910 and has a literacy rate of 86 percent. Rota has provided QR601,606 to improve local infrastructure, provide training, enhance education, support ICT development, build centre capacity and create alternative energy power resources.

The project budget is segregated into two main components. The first component, which features an infrastructural scale up, includes enterprise management and building construction. The second component is reserved for ICT equipment and technology improvements, which includes the operation and training of the library management committee.

The newly inaugurated centres will focus on creating livelihood opportunities for youth and local women through vocational and life skills training, as well as leadership development programmes. Regular sports programmes will continue to be an integral part of the Nepalese initiative.


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