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Meedan and QFI launch digital Initiative to connect classrooms across languages

We're excited to be releasing a new platform in collaboration with Qatar Foundation International that is designed to connect classrooms and build a diverse learning community around the world.

The platform, called Classroom to Classroom ('C2C' for short) is dedicated to resource discovery, standards-aligned content, authorship and life-long learning.

C2C is being launched with Boston Arts Academy's Peers Educating Peers (PEP) project. PEP is a student-led curriculum development project that trains students on the skills and tools they need to effectively teach their peers.

QFI Executive Director, Maggie Mitchell Salem said: "Both C2C and PEP are part of QFI's innovative YALLAH platform, a multi-lingual, moderated, online space for cross-cultural collaboration."

"YALLAH offers exciting new opportunities for engagement and collaboration in QFI's middle and high school-focused student and teacher programs."

She added: "We encourage students to develop the 21st century global competencies they will need to thrive in college and throughout their careers; we support teachers by listening to their needs and providing innovative ways of engaging their students."

Particularly exciting is QFI's plan to highlight the importance of quality, Arabic language instruction through the annual American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language (ACTFL) Conference November 17th - 20th in Denver, Colorado.

QFI will announce several new education grants to promote excellence in the classroom, advance the teaching of Arabic language and culture in U.S. public schools, and support existing credit-bearing Arabic programs in U.S. schools.

At Meedan, we're excited to see how this work can build cross-lingual community through C2C where Arabic learning is given its proper place.