Saying it is important that the school district prepares students for college, career and life by “equipment them with the skills needed to authentically interact with individuals from diverse cultures,” the Austin Independent School District has accepted a $100,000 gift from the Qatar Foundation International (QFI) to promote Arabic language and culture classes beginning next school term, as reported by Breitbart News.
The Austin ISD described the program as “providing skills to enable K-12 students to be engaged global citizens through education.”
In 2015, QFI gave the Houston school district $75,000 to start an Arabic program, and also funded an Arabic program at two high schools in Pflugerville, a suburb of Austin.
As reported by Breitbart, “In addition to Texas, benefiting schools are located in Arizona, California, Hawaii, Louisiana, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Utah, and the District of Columbia. QFI also funds programs in schools across the United Kingdom and in Brazil.”
While Austin school officials say the program will only continue as long as there is interest, they also expressed intentions to grow the Arabic language and culture program to more advanced levels.
A greater need, according to KEYETV is for Arabic-speaking tutors to assist refugee students adapt to the English language and culture so they can excel in American schools.
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