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Take Dizzy Challenge for Global Goals!


Football (soccer) is one of the world’s most powerful communication tools–reaching young and old in every corner of the world. Gareth Bale, Gary Lineker, Alan Shearer, Liverpool FC, Spurs and Crystal Palace FC are among those taking part in the Dizzy Goals Challenge to raise awareness of The Global Goals.

We’re asking everyone to join the biggest team ever and help us to Tell Everyone about the Goals. Everyone on YALLAH should join the team! Click here to find out how:

How to do a Dizzy Penalty for the Global Goals

Watch these guys crack up!! It's fun!

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Going Mad in Morocco <3

I am approaching the one month mark (of my eight months) in Morocco, and I think I am finally starting to adapt. Morocco is the third Middle Eastern country I have had the opportunity to visit (Qatar was the first, and then Jordan), and I am starting to notice the similarities between them! 

I am a high school senior, and I am the middle of the college application process. I plan to attend college for public health, and/or medical school, with a focus in the Middle East since I have dedicated so much time to Arabic. There are many approaches I can take in order to achieve my future goal--major in public health, or start by majoring in biological sciences and going to grad school for public health--and I'm starting to see many more options. Most of the schools I have chosen to apply to are state schools as they are the cheapest options, and one of my top choices was Carnegie Mellon of Qatar. I visited CMU-Q in the summer of…

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This amazing contest is sponsored by Taking it Global- http://gg.tigweb.org/tig/belonging/

"We are interested in reflecting together on the theme of belonging in order to grow a global movement of fostering social connectedness.

In the past, geographic boundaries often defined our identities and communities. In a digital age, people are either feeling hyper connected or excluded from opportunities for meaningful connection.

We invite your imagination, voice and perspective on depicting visual representations on the theme of belonging so that we tackle the issue of isolation together.

Our plan is to curate an online collection and exhibit to showcase at international conferences and events to inspire decision makers in policy making and action. With that in mind,…

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Hassan II Mosque; Casablanca, MO

Here are the pictures from Hassan II Mosque in Morocco! This is the largest mosque in Africa, and it was an absolute pleasure to have the opportunity to visit this place of worship! If anyone wants to see more photos, feel free to contact me at any time! …

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UN Sustainable Development get adopted TODAY!

Hi all! Anas Ghanim is in NYC right now where the UN is convening to adopt the Sustainable Development Goals. These are the new set of 17 global priorities set out my the United Nations to guide us for the next 15 years. They follow up on the 8 Millenium Goals that were establish in 2000, to be accomplished by 2015. Want to learn more? Watch this video in English OR in Arabic! 

أكبر درس في العالم - Queen Rania of Jordan Introduces the World's Largest Lesson from World's Largest Lesson on Vimeo.

SDGs And Stephen Hawkin has something to say to!…
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My Arabic Background

Starting high school in seventh grade meant that I'd have six years to study two languages: Arabic and Mandarin Chinese. Not knowing that language is only mandatory for two years in most public high schools, I intended to take Arabic for two years, and Mandarin for the other four. Arabic was a struggle in the beginning because I didn't know its history or how I'd use it in the future--it seemed to be more trouble than it was worth. However, I persevered in order to avoid losing all of my time and  hard work, and Arabic has taken me so many places. Literally. 

Now six years into Arabic, my studies have taken me to Qatar with QFI, urged me to apply for and attend a two week environmental seminar in Jordan, and has now encouraged me to spend my last year of high school in Marrakech,…

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Why I love Eid!

Eid Al-Adha is the second of two Islamic holidays (Eid Al-Adha and Eid Al-Fitr).
Eid is a time for celebration either after the month of Ramadan( Eid Al-Fitr ) or at the time of "Hajj" or pilgrimage(Eid Al-Adha). For me Eid is a time for celebration , fun, and also giving. The whole point of Eid, is to celebrate with, not just family and friends, but also with the whole community to strengthen the bonds between individuals. In my family, we have this tradition of visiting A LOT of relatives - which is a little tiring but fun- for like 15 minutes each, and then we might meet up at my grandparents house, for a family reunion. We also visit friends,colleagues, and everyone in between, to catch up on important events. One of my favourite things about Eid is that I used to get money as a kid, something we…

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Apply to present at Educate. Ignite. Transform!

Hi Everyone!

This is Anas Ghanim, QFI's Doha-Based intern.  I want to share with you this exciting opportunity! Join the more than one thousand students, educators, and government leaders from across the country and around the world at Educate. Ignite. Transform., the 27th Annual National Service-Learning Conference, Minneapolis, Minn., March 30 – April 2, 2016. This intergenerational event provides attendees with the tools, resources, ideas, and support to return home to improve their practice, their schools, and their communities.

One of the best ways to enrich this unique event is by applying to present a workshop at the conference.  The conference offers over 100 interactive classroom sessions; engaging pre-conference sessions; an opportunity and resource fair; a day of service and national awards presentation; and many chances to meet and connect with inspirational leaders.  Share successes, engage in active learning, or showcase…

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This is a BIG WEEK for global citizens!

Hi all!

This is an important week for all of us who think of ourselves as global citizens. Starting with today: September 21 is International Day of Peace. This UN day was established in 1981, and basically calls on the world's leaders to "lay down their weapons" and for all of us to devote the day to thinking about peace, and I will add, taking some small (or large!) action. 

Ban Ki-moon, head of the UN, says this in his message today: "There is no group more poised to help realize this dream [of world peace] than today’s young people. They are part of the largest generation of youth in history, more aware and connected than any before. I urge all governments to make greater investments in realizing the potentially massive contributions of the world’s young peacebuilders." YES!  That is YOU ALL!  Check out these inspiring…

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Helping those in need. Share us your stories!

Welcome to YALLAH everyone! My name is Suhayb and I am the Communications Intern at Qatar Foundation International. I am responsible for social media, website updates, photography and videography at QFI and I am very happy to be part of this community!

In celebration of Eid Al Adha next week, QFI would like to highlight the global citizens who have sacrificed and gave back to serve those in need. Many people around the world have helped with the current Syrian refugees and we would like to know if any students have participated in helping this cause. Please share with us your stories and experiences with helping the Syrian refugees. If it was organizing a clothing or food drive at your school, or meeting Syrian refugees, we would like to hear it all! Thank you and I look forward to reading your stories!! 

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Nepal Project

KI went to Nepal one month ago, and there I met a guy named Kiran. He is 16 years old and he lives in a camp in Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, because of the earthquake in April. Kiran told me that he lives in Chuchepati IDP Camp because there is a lack of water and food in the community. Besides these, the people live in canvas huts therefore every day, the people need to get up early because it is so hot. Kiran told me that he finished high school this year and his dream is go to university. Unfortunately, Kiran does not have money enought to go (in Nepal you need to pay for school, even public schools).

So, I would like to start an initiative to help young Nepalese people mainly for educational purposes (in Nepal there are a lot of kids that don't go to school because they don't have money) and therefore the number of children trafficked is very high.

Yallah community, could we start a project to help these young people? I really think we need to help make…

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Hello, my name is Abdullah Aljandali, I am a high school student in Qatar. This year, I attended NSLC 2015 with QFI. It was a week-long trip that taught us a lot of things about service learning and leadership. We were given time to think about a service project that we wanted to do when we return home. I have always been passionate about education, so I decided that my project will be about education. When I went back to Qatar, I stayed in contact with QFI’s staff, and one of them, Jennifer Geist, posted on Yallah (QFI’s youth online forum) about an opportunity to apply for being a lead activist in the Youth4education campaign and attend the National Youth Leadership Training in Minnesota that was organized by NYLC on July 9-14. I told Jennifer that I wanted to apply for…

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"Do what you love , to love what you do". And I personally would add "to excel at what you do". Reason being is that we always flourish at doing things we like, things that we feel comfortable and capable of doing, and that ultimately is influenced by our attitude. We know that having a positive attitude makes activities highly successful, extremely fun, and stress-free. But why is such a commonly known fact, so rarely applied in our lives? Why do many of us when faced with a problem, just give up because they "believe" it cannot be solved? How about the next time when faced with a problem, you say this to yourself :" it's alright, I can do this, I'm not giving up". And believe me, you'll be surprised by the results.
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Get creative and submit your photos to this great competition! Here is the link to the competition page: https://www.worldphoto.org/competitions/sony-world-photography-awards-2016-youth-award/ 

Good luck!!

Competition info:

All submitted images must have been taken in 2015.
To enter the Youth competition you must be aged between 12-19 on our closing date 5 January 2016.

The Youth Award recognises the next generation of talented young photographers.
Whether you are already a passionate photographer or just beginning your photographic journey, this is your chance to be part of the world’s biggest photography competition.

The judges will award:

  • 1 Youth Photographer of the Year
  • 1 winner per category
  • Up to 10 shortlisted photographers per category
  • Up to 40 commended…
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Attention Qatari nationals in grades 10 and 11. 

Qatar Career Fair (QCF), a member of the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF), will host the third edition of its Summer Career Camp 2015, which gathers 50 Qatari high school students from across the country.

The camp is open to both boys and girls, with separate classes held for each group of students.

Date: 23 August - 3 September 2015

Time: 9:00am - 2:00pm

Venue: Recreation Center, Education City


The camp’s program and activities have been tailored to bring Qatari high school students a stimulating experience that will assist them in making informed academic and career decisions, as well as in growing their professional network.

The two-week camp will feature a variety of activities and educational programs, as well as stimulating workshops that have been…

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What was the best thing you did this summer?

My favorite thing that I did this summer was to visit Morocco during Ramadan. It was AMAZING to have the long hot days feel so quiet and peaceful and then as soon as the sun set- the whole medina just lept to life with cooking, eating, chatting, shopping, and laughing! You know Ramadan was especially challenging in Morocco this year because we had 17 hours of daylight- that is a very long time to fast, and people were grateful to eat as soon as the sun set! This is a photo of my daughter and I standing in Spain with Africa (Tangier) in the distance. Then I dropped my phone and the camera broke so I did not take ANY pictures in Morocco:( But I have my memories. 

Tell us about your BEST summer memory, and show us a photo!…

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