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Monday, December 29, 2008

Around the world in a day

When Work Readiness Programme (WRP) students at Al Ain Women's College (AAWC)in UAE  took on a project to host an International Village on campus, it proved to be a fun experience as well as an opportunity to put into practice the skills they had learned over the months.

Multinational event

More than 200 students participated in the event, which showcased the following countries: Canada, the USA, Australia, China, the UAE, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Oman, Lebanon, Palestine, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Ethiopia, India, Algeria, Morocco, Thailand, Turkey, Italy, France, Greece, UK, Mexico and Korea.

Students started working on the project in October. "Each exhibit focused on the folklore of each country as well as traditional dress, food, music, legends and holidays."

The International Village was more than just an extracurricular event for WRP students.

"In our programme students are learning lots of different skills such as teamwork, time management, organisational skills and conflict resolution. With this project they are able to apply the theory they have learned to a real-life situation."

"Our year-and-a-half programme does not have majors. It is for adult students who want to get a job and [they] therefore acquire different skills to help them achieve this, such as Arabic, computer skills, basic maths and work skills."

They find jobs as secretaries, in banking, hospitals, factories and schools. "It's a door opener to go into any field they like."

She added that the students ranged between the ages of 18 and 35 and although many of them were forced to leave high school because of marriage or health reasons, they are now extremely motivated to further their education.

Motivated to succeed

"We learned about the many sports the country has, the kinds of foods they eat, agriculture, the population; and looked at maps of the country. It's amazing how large Australia is and the amount of agricultural land, forests and animals they have," Jameela said.

Noora Suhail Al Ameri is an unemployed mother of three who was unable to finish high school. She joined the WRP programme because she had difficulty finding a job.

"The most important skill we learnt was cooperation. Meera is unmarried and is in her last year at high school; in addition she is doing the WRP programme. She wants to pursue a bachelor of arts degree. "Unfortunately there are not many options for women but I would like to study business."

Source:Gulf News

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