Education Above All Foundation Launches Project to Enroll All Out-Of-School Children in Rwanda


The global Education Above All (EAA) Foundation announced a partnership aimed at providing quality primary education to every remaining out-of-school child (OOSC) in Rwanda.



In a statement, the EAA said that a framework agreement was signed between EAA through EAA’s Educate A Child program and the government of Rwanda and Save the Children to ensure Zero OOSC, with the support of Qatar Fund for Development. The new project targets the hardest to reach OOSC in Rwanda.



This agreement builds on the achievements made by the Government of Rwanda and its partners in recent years. Due to their sustained efforts, the number of children needing to be enrolled in school is only approximately 177,000.



During the launch, HE Rwanda’s Minister of State for Education Claudette Irere reiterated the significance of education to all and demonstrated the Government’s efforts towards the initiative.



“One of our major priorities is access to quality Education, leaving no child behind and ensuring their retention, transition, and completion throughout the Education system. This partnership complements our ongoing efforts of ensuring that no child drops out of school. We look forward to a successful collaboration.” Commenting on this project, Executive Director of EAA Foundation’s Educate A Child program Dr Mary Joy Pigozzi, says: “This partnership with Save the Children offers concrete opportunities to Rwanda’s children who have been left out of education. We thank the government of Rwanda, whose commitment will ensure that every single out-of-school girl and boy is given a chance to learn and thrive.” Save the Children President and CEO Janti Soeripto said: “For more than 100 years, Save the Children has been committed to helping children access education to reach their full potential. We are honored to work together with the Education Above All Foundation and the Ministry of Education of Rwanda to ensure
all children, including those with disabilities, can go to school to learn and grow. As the world’s leading child rights organization, Save the Children has a responsibility to deliver programs inclusive of children with disabilities that maintain their dignity and secure their full, effective and equal participation.” EAA’s Zero OOSC was launched in 2019. A framework agreement was signed between EAA and the government of Rwanda in 2021 to ensure Zero OOSC, EAA’s Educate A Child program and Save the Children have partnered on a new project in the country, targeting the hardest to reach OOSC in Rwanda.



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Gmail Allows Response with Emojis


In a potential game-changer for email communication, Gmail is reportedly in the testing phase of a feature that allows users to send emoji reactions in response to emails. This functionality aims to infuse email interactions with a touch of informality and engagement, mirroring how emojis are widely used in text messages and social media comments.



Recent reports from The Verge, Chrome Unboxed, and PCMag shed light on this upcoming feature, indicating that it could soon be rolled out to users. The functionality was initially discovered in the iOS Gmail app’s code by Steve Moser of The Tape Drive last month.



Users will have the option to send emoji reactions directly from the email screen or through the three-dot overflow menu, although the latter option is currently disabled during the testing phase.



Google has hinted at its eagerness to integrate this feature into Gmail, further confirming its potential impact on email communication. Some Gmail users have already received messages notifying them that they are among the first to access emoji reactions, suggesting a gradual rollout to a select group for initial testing, as reported by Android Police. Strings found within the Android app also affirm that emoji reactions are on the horizon, according to 9to5Google.



The introduction of emoji reactions has the potential to revolutionise email correspondence, providing a quick and informal means of responding without the need for lengthy replies. This could prove particularly valuable in professional settings where quick acknowledgments are often required.



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Sport Integrity Week 2023 Concluded -1-


Among key participants in this year forum were European Union, Dow Jones, HBKU and Notre Dame University, in addition to representatives from the Brazilian Government and Congress, SIGA Youth Council, Sports Innovation Lab, and renowned clubs, including Sao Paulo, Racing, Belenenses, Boavista, Atlético Mineiro, among others.



Furthermore, High profile sponsors including Mastercard, Gol Airlines and EY together with institutional giants such as the OECD, UN and IACA, high profile sports governing bodies including UEFA, FIFA, LEN, FIDE, UEFA AAA, and World Rugby, football leagues such as Liga Portugal, Swiss League and Qatar Stars League, national Olympic committees including TTOC amongst others, and media giants AlKass, ESPN and Globo also attended.



The SIGA Sport Integrity Week 2023 featured an outstanding Qatari participation, with the Founder and Chairman of the International Centre for Sport Security (ICSS), and Vice Chairman of SIGA Mohammed Hanzab and HE Director of the QOC’s Legal Affairs Department Sheikh Ahmed bin Noah Al-Thani delivering inaugural remarks before a high-level panel discussion under the theme of governance in sport: from the region to the world.



Organized by the UNESCO Chair in governance and social responsibility in sport at Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) in collaboration with SIGA, the event was held at the Education City in Doha with the participation of Vice President of FQSA Salman Al Ansari as keynote speaker.



Among the key Qatari participants were the Executive Committee member of Qatar Football Association and CEO of Qatar Stars League Hani Taleb Ballan who deliver inaugural remarks before a panel discussion on changing global knowledge, importing expertise, and exporting excellence. Executive Director of Competitions and Football Development at the Qatar Stars League (QSL) Ahmed Khellil Abbassi will also participate in as a keynote speaker in a panel discussion themed: football in the Middle East: using integrity as a catalyst for growth.



The week included a number of high-level discussion sessions on various themes and issues, most notably “Challenges of Sustainability and Sport Integrity,” “Law and Sport Integrity,” “Multiple Club Ownership,” “Sports Betting Integrity,” and “E-Sports Integrity” , “Governance in Sports,” and “Financial Transparency.” The Sport Integrity Week saw the organization of the ‘Sport Integrity Forum Latin America’, hosted by SIGA Latin America, in cooperation with the Sao Paulo Football Club in Sao Paulo, Brazil, with more than 35 high-level speakers taking part from various sectors.



It also witnessed a web-based discussion seminar on online abuse in sports, hosted by SIGNIFY, a company specializing in ethical data science using machine learning and big data analysis.



The works also included numerous sessions among them a session entitled: sustainability and integrity – the most exigent challenges hosted by the Portuguese club Clube de Futebol “Os Belenenses” and a session entitled: laws, provisions and sports integrity organized by a Portuguese legal services group, as well as a session entitled: training federations on integrity hosted by a Swedish rugby union team in Gothenburg, Sweden.



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QREC-Sponsored Qatar Arc Trials Due on Sunday


ParisLongchamp Racecourse is hosting the Qatar Arc Trials on Sunday. Runners in the annual event sponsored by the Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club (QREC) will be contending for the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and facing their final test running over the course and distance of the World’s Best Race to be run in 1st October.



The Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe Prix weekend attracts the attention of many of the most prominent and famous horse owners and trainers around the world every year, given the great importance and value this race represents to its winners, not only because of the high value of the prize money on offer in each race, especially the two races of the Qatar Arabian World Cup and the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, but also because of the value and history of the event.



Sunday’s race card features six Group races, including three prep races for the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. In the Qatar Prix Vermeille Gr.1, the runners include the Classic winner, Poule d’Essai des Pouliches Gr.1 and Prix de Diane Gr.1, Blue Rose Cen, who will be facing the Irish Oaks winner Warm Heart. In the Qatar Prix Niel Gr.2, the two Group 1 winners trained in France Marhaba Ya Sanafi and Feed The Flame head the runners. The Prix de l’Opéra Gr.1 winner Place du Carrousel, owned by Al Shaqab Racing and Ballylinch Stud, will be running in the Qatar Prix Foy Gr.2.



The Qatar Prix du Petit Couvert Gr.3 opens proceedings with seven runners including last year’s winner Berneuil. Eight fillies line up in the Qatar Prix Vermeille Gr.1 including the three-time Group 1 winner Blue Rose Cen trained by Christopher Head, and Coolmore’s representative Above The Curve.



Six runners will contest the Qatar Cup – Prix Dragon Gr.1 PA, including the winner of the Gr2 PA Prix Nefta at Toulouse in April this year Al Shaqab Racing’s Ghadah. Ragdan, owned by HE Sheikha Yasmeen bint Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, will be aiming for a first success in France. the winner of last year’s Qatar Arabian Trophy for mares at ParisLongchamp, Sahab, will looking to score another Group 1 success in the colours of Mohamed Bin Fahad Al Attiyah.



In the Qatar Prix Foy Gr.2, Iresine will try to keep his crown. His mission will not be easy he will be facing Group 1 winner Place du Carrousel, defending the colours of Al Shaqab Racing and Ballylinch Stud.



Eight 3-year-olds will run in the Qatar Prix Niel Gr.2 including the Grand Prix de Paris Gr.1 winner Feed The Flame, winner of the Gr1 the Grand Prix de Paris.



In the Qatar Prix du Pin Gr.3, 10 horses line-up and four of them are Group winners.



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Sport Integrity Week 2023 Concluded


The Activities of the fourth edition of the Sport Integrity Week (SIW2023) concluded in Sao Paolo, Brazil on Saturday.



Organized by the Sport Integrity Global Alliance (SIGA), SIW2023 was held in 35 cities worldwide, with the participation of a lineup of decision makers and representatives of governments, civil society, sports and economic sectors, along with experts and academics from more than 20 countries.



Chairman of the International Centre for Sport Security (ICSS) and Vice-Chairman of SIGA Mohammed Al Hanzab said that the success of the fourth edition of SIW2023 reflects the success of SIGA’s initiatives over the past seven years in placing the issue of sport integrity on the agenda of international decision-makers.



He added that they were proud that the event became the only global platform for discussion and dialogue among all stakeholders in the world to confront the various challenges in global sports, expressing his sincere thanks to the State of Qatar for successfully organizing an aspect of the work to deliver the most prominent message to devote the protection of international spot integrity as a legacy and a necessary requirement for the sustainability and protection of sports, a matter which reflects the leading position of the State of Qatar as the capital of global sports and reflects its established efforts that have enabled it to become among the countries of the world in various fields and in fighting corruption and promoting sport integrity.



The SIW2023 was held for the first time in 35 capitals and cities around the world, including Doha, New York, London, Paris, Geneva, Madrid, Lisbon, Sao Paulo, Mumbai, Guinea Bissau, Luanda and others, with international participation of prominent speakers from the Americas, Europe and the Middle East and Africa region.



Held in the first week of September every year, the global thought-leadership event is the pinnacle for all those in the sports industry with an interest in Sport Integrity. Building on the success of the previous three annual editions, the SIW2023 expand on the concept of the previous years, innovate, and increase its outreach in all continents.



During the week’s sessions, the participants appreciated the efforts of SIGA in leading global efforts to address corruption in sports, praising the great role played by the organization at the international level in unifying efforts and international cooperation to establish the principles of governance, financial transparency and integrity in the global sport industry. (MORE)



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QSL’s Ooredoo Cup 2023-2024 Season Schedule Amended


The Qatar Stars League (QSL) has made an amendment to the schedule of 2023-2024 season Ooredoo Cup due to Al Sadd club’s inability to play in this season’s tournament.



Al Sadd SC withdrew from the tournament, and submitted an official request to the Qatar Stars League stating that it would not participate in the tournament because 21 of the team players have been called up by their national teams and that a number of its players suffered injuries that require long treatment.



QSL reprogrammed the matches of the second group, which included Al Sadd along with the teams of Al Duhail, Al Gharafa, Al Markhiya, Al Rayyan and Al Shamal, so that the number of teams in the group was limited to five compared to six teams in the first group, which includes: Al Arabi, Al Wakrah, Qatar SC, Al Ahly, Umm Salal and Muaither.



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