ROTA officially opens two community centers in Nepal
A delegation from Reach Out To Asia (ROTA), a member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, has officially opened two community centers in Nepal.
The delegation, led by ROTA’s Director of Quality, Impact, & Strategy, Abdulla Al-Abdulla, opened the Deukhuri Community Library and Resource Center (CLRC) in the Dang District, and the Kalika CLRC Center in the Bardiya District on 5th and 6th March respectively.
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 centers overall, creating educational, social, and economic opportunities for communities, with a special focus on youth.
The two new centers 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 center has also formed a youth leadership subcommittee so that the local young people can have a say in what kind of program and resources are offered at the center.