Press Release

PVE Non-Profit Grant

Funding Announcement

(Culver City, CA Oct. 15, 2018) Human Assistance and Development International (HADI) has been awarded the PVE Non-Profit Grant offered by the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services. The announcement of the award was made on October 12, 2018, via a press release from Cal OES. This pilot will be implemented by The Center for Languages, Arts, & Societies of the Silk Road (CLASSRoad) an initiative of HADI.

BRIGHT – Teacher Training (Balance, Resilience, Integrity, Goodness, Harmony and Tolerance) program seeks to build a training curriculum to help teachers understand all forms of extremist ideologies and will be delivered via a joint collaboration effort with the National Humanities Center (NHC).

The project plans to train 20 teachers in the San Bernardino City Unified School District; and is centered on building middle and high school history and social studies teacher capacity for providing classroom environments that build student understanding and practice around considering multiple perspectives, developing cultural tolerance, civil discourse and critical thinking, as a preventative measure and for building resilience against a cognitive shift that may set the stage for youth radicalization and extreme violence. The program, which focuses on protecting civil rights and privacy, will also introduce participants to support organizations/resources in their direct community and will be informed of ways to collaborate with their school administration to create campus-wide initiatives/projects to prevent targeted violence.


About HADI/CLASSRoad and the NHC:

HADI  is a non-profit organization working for the socio-economic and educational development of people worldwide. CLASSRoad is a valued provider of professional development STARTALK courses since 2007 and has been awarded over $1.5 million in cumulative annual program funds from the National Foreign Language Center (NFLC) located at the University of Maryland. CLASSRoad has considerable experience in managing and building online courses and resources for teachers across the nation and can support a sophisticated array of learning tools and instructional methods to build an effective online learning environment.

Now in its 40th year in operation, the National Humanities Center is one of the world’s leading institutes for advanced study and the only independent institution of its kind dedicated exclusively to the humanities. Over the past four decades, the Center has encouraged excellence in scholarship and teaching while constantly affirming the vital importance of the humanities in American life. Millions of visitors each year access the Center’s free online resources, including hundreds of historical documents, literary texts, works of art and teaching tools.

Since 1983, when it first welcomed high school history and literature teachers to participate in seminars led by scholars, the Center has been distinctive among its peers in its commitment to linking scholarship to improved teaching. Teachers and college instructors from across the United States have benefited from in-depth, onsite training at the Center in summer seminars led by distinguished scholars.

In 2008, the Center launched a new online training initiative for teachers and now conducts over numerous webinars, online courses, and workshops throughout the school year on a wide variety of topics in history, literature, and culture. This format allows teachers to directly interact with scholars and other teachers while gaining knowledge and tools for use in the classroom.

For more information contact:

Project Director

Dr. Mahbuba Hammad

[email protected]

Phone: (310) 845-6149

Qatar Foundation International Launches Online Resource for Arabic Language Learning

ORLANDO, Fla., Nov. 22, 2013 – Qatar Foundation International (QFI) announces the launch of Al-Masdar, a comprehensive web-based portal that provides up-to-date, accessible, and useful information about instruction, resources, and opportunities relevant to Arabic language teachers, students of Arabic, designers and administrators of Arabic language programs, and the general public. The site was created in partnership with the Center for the Languages, Arts, & Societies of the Silk Road and the Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education (ISKME) and is available at

The new site was announced at the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Annual Convention and World Languages Expo. QFI hosted a booth at the convention, an international event bringing together over 6,000 language educators from all languages, levels and assignments within the profession. There, QFI hosted a workshop for educators to demo the Al-Masdar site, ask questions, and provide feedback.

“Al-Masdar means ‘The Source’ in Arabic. The site is intended to serve as a virtual meeting place and material source for teachers and students of Arabic language throughout the world,” said Carine Allaf, director of programs at QFI. “Teachers spend hours on end finding and creating materials. We want to give them a platform to share their materials with others and get to know what other teachers are using all in one space. We encourage people to contribute to it and post their thoughts and opinions as well.”

Al-Masdar is being developed as a one-stop shop for materials related to Arabic language education. The site will act as a clearinghouse for vetted and high-quality Arabic language education materials as well as a meeting point for teachers to share materials, comment and rate materials, and collaborate on the development of materials. The intended audiences include teachers and students of Arabic language.

Al-Masdar is a part of QFI’s commitment to Open Education Resources (OER) which address demographic, economic, and geographic educational divides. OER promotes unencumbered access to free online collaboration tools and digital resources to be used as a means of promoting education and life-long learning. Learners expect to participate in an environment that mirrors their lives today and into the future – one that seamlessly integrates today’s digital tools, accommodates a mobile lifestyle, and encourages collaboration. Similarly, the Open Education movement provides opportunities to create social learning communities for educators dedicated to resource discovery, standards aligned content and authorship.

About Qatar Foundation International:

Qatar Foundation International (QFI), LLC, is a U.S.-based member of Qatar Foundation (QF). Its mission is dedicated to connecting cultures and advancing global citizenship through education. QFI is a not-for-profit organization in Washington, D.C., focused on grant-giving and programmatic activities that promote education as a force that facilitates collaboration across geographical, social and cultural boundaries.

About The Center for Languages, Arts and Societies of the Silk Road (CLASSRoad)

The Center for Languages, Arts and Societies of the Silk Road (CLASSRoad) is a HADI-initiated project that began in 2007. Its vision is to be one of the leading academic, research and learning centers for languages spoken along the Silk Road. It is dedicated to enhancing and promoting the teaching and learning of Silk Road languages, such as Arabic, and to fostering greater cultural understanding within and across communities in the United States.


The Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education (ISKME), an independent non-profit research institute established in 2002, is a pioneer in knowledge sharing and educational innovation. Dedicated to the study, spread, and strategic use of knowledge management in education, ISKME helps schools, colleges, universities, and the organizations that support them expand their capacity to collect and share information, apply it to well-defined problems, and create open knowledge-driven environments focused on learning and success. In assisting the K-20 education sector, ISKME also helps philanthropic organizations and government agencies examine and improve their own and their grantees’ processes for continuous improvement, evaluation, and learning.

Helene Theros
QFI Communications Manager
Tel: +974.3365.8290
Tel:  +44 776 727 6490

Gina Sorice
Tel: 646.284.9414

HADI Recognized by Cal State Strategic Language Initiative

HADI CEO Mohammed Abdul Aleem accepts award from CSU SLI

On Friday May 20, 2011, the California State University Strategic Language Initiative (CSU SLI) consortium held a special dinner program to celebrate five years of excellence and innovation in language instruction. Dr. KimOanh Nguyen-Lam, the Executive Director of the consortium, highlighted its successes in getting Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Pashto and Persian courses established at various campuses throughout the Cal State system based on federal funding for strategic languages.

HADI was recognized at the event with an award, accepted on behalf of the organization by CEO Mohammed Abdul Aleem. HADI has collaborated with the CSU SLI during the past 4 years by organizing on-site teacher training at Cal State San Bernardino as part of HADI’s Startalk-funded Arabic training programs. Startalk participants are able to witness best practices in Arabic teaching being used in CSUSB’s Arabic courses for university students.
Through such partnerships, HADI has been able to contribute to the improvement of the language training infrastructure and pool of highly-skilled educators in the United States.

HADI/CLASSRoad Receives New Grant To Continue In STARTALK Program

Culver City, CA – January 24, 2011 –  For the fifth consecutive year, the Center for the Languages, Arts and Societies of the Silk Road (CLASSRoad), a core program of Human Assistance & Development International (HADI), has been awarded the highly competitive STARTALK grant from The National Foreign Language Center (NFLC) at the University of Maryland.  Through this grant CLASSRoad has pioneered online professional development workshops focusing on Arabic teacher training.

This year’s grant will focus on developing a workshop for “Integration of Assessment in Lesson Planning for Arabic Teaching”.  The underlying premise is that lesson planning is only truly complete and effective when appropriate assessment methods are considered and implemented for each teaching component.


About CLASSRoad

The Center for the Languages, Arts & Societies of the Silk Road (CLASSRoad) is a bridge-building initiative designed to foster understanding and cultural awareness between Silk Road cultures and Western cultures.

About HADI

Human Assistance & Development International Inc. (HADI), founded in 1991, is a southern California-based nonprofit organization committed to building bridges globally through humanitarian and educational projects.

About the National Foreign Language Center

The National Foreign Language Center (NFLC) is dedicated to promoting a language-competent society by developing and disseminating information that informs policy makers. The mission of the NFLC is to improve the capacity of the U.S. to communicate in languages other than English.