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Qatar Airways thanks teachers with ‘complimentary tickets’

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Teachers from around the world can receive an economy class return ticket and a discount for their efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Qatar Airways launched a mass giveaway to thank teachers across the globe with complimentary tickets for their work in education despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The move on World Teacher’s Day allows for one economy class return ticket to anywhere on Qatar Airways’ current network of destinations. Additionally, teachers will receive a voucher for 50 percent off one future return ticket that can be used for themselves, a family member or a friend. Both tickets are valid for travel up to 30 September 2021, the national carrier said.

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“We at Qatar Airways are incredibly grateful for the commitment and hard work of teaching professionals around the world who continue to educate our young people in these times of uncertainty. We know that it has not been an easy task, yet teachers have been incredibly resourceful, turning to online learning and other methods,” said Akbar Al-Baker, CEO of Qatar Airways.

Education has been one of the key sectors significantly disrupted by COVID-19, with schools and institutions replacing physical attendance with distance or blended learning. This has naturally resulted in teachers resorting to technology to carry out their duties, but has also heavily increased their workload.

According to UNICEF figures, more than 90% of countries worldwide have adopted digital and/or broadcast remote learning policies.

“My workload probably tripled once we moved into an online learning situation, mostly because of the way we support students at the moment. You can’t always plan for every single need a student might have,” a teacher told Doha News in June.

Last month, Qatar Foundation CEO and Qatari royal Sheikha Hind Bint Hamad Al Thani said technology is a mere tool and “not a fix for everything.”

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“It doesn’t really look at whether our children are learning or not, or how it will help them prosper in the world. We have to go back to what we are teaching our children, and for what purpose,” she said at an online ‘COVID-19 and Education: The Largest Disruption in the History of Education’ event.

Qatar Airways’ giveaway opened at 4am on October 5 and is due to end at 03:59am on October 8 (Doha time). 

Eligible teaching professions are limited to classroom paraprofessionals, teaching assistants and substitutes, intervention and inclusion specialists, tutors, senior leaders, early childhood teacher, student counsellors, primary teacher, secondary teacher, casual teacher, English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher, special ed teacher, teacher aide, Vocational Education and Training (VET) Instructor, pre-school and early years practitioners, and classroom technicians.

The three-day campaign will see a limited daily allocation of tickets released at 4am Doha time for 75 countries worldwide.


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