|QU Students to Mauritania|
Four students will participate in a humanitarian trip to Mauritania. The students are Dana Al Hajri, Maashal Rashid, Sara Ahmed, and Miriam Mabrouk. The trip will be from July 15 to 22 and be will be
Four students will participate in a humanitarian trip to Mauritania. The students are Dana Al Hajri, Maashal Rashid, Sara Ahmed, and Miriam Mabrouk. The trip will be from July 15 to 22 and be will be led by the University Student Affairs consultant, Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar. The trip is part of the Qatar-Mauritania projects headed by Mohammed Al-Kaabi, a Qatari national and Executive Director of all initiatives by the state of Qatar in the country of Mauritania.The aim of this trip, as Ms. Rajakumar said, is "to give students an opportunity to engage in the global environment, while also understanding their role as active citizens in promoting social justice and meeting the needs of disenfranchised populations." She added: "This humanitarian trip is designed with the hope that students will benefit from this type of co-curricular learning which focuses on service learning as a model for understanding the world around them. Service learning allows students to meet humanitarian needs of a specific population while also using course material, majors, or fields of study."The student group is diverse and represents Qatari, Sudanese, and Mauritanian nationalities. During their stay, students will assist with: literacy programs by offering basic reading/writing instruction (Arabic and/or English); computer education by teaching basic skills such as typing, using Microsoft Office, etc.; and basic tasks ongoing with partners on the ground.There have been a number of service learning related initiatives emanating from Qatar, the most recent of which was the Qatar University India Trip (June 2006). Students from Education City have also traveled to India, and high school students have traveled to Pakistan with Reach Out to Asia.