Doha Debates– Don't settle for a Divided World
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Doha Portal

In partnership with Shared_Studios, our Doha Portal provides a curated space to learn, question and connect.

Connecting people

Doha Debates brings together diverse perspectives for vibrant dialogue on urgent — and often controversial — issues. Connecting people around the globe isn’t just a matter of internet connections. Shared_Studios’ Portals use physical spaces — like shipping containers, school buses and even inflatable rooms — to make people feel like they’re sharing the same space with somebody elsewhere in the world. Staffed by curators who host events like performances and classes, Portals bring human connection to the forefront, something often missing from monitors and keyboards.

In partnership with Shared_Studios, our Portal provides  a curated space to learn, question and connect.

FIFA Arab Cup activations

Activation 1: December 1, 2021
6:30 – 9:30 p.m. Doha time | Education City Stadium’s Last Mile
6:30 – 8 p.m. | The inclusive game | Nakivale, Uganda
8 – 9:30 p.m. | The inclusive game | Mexico City, Mexico

According to the United Nations, around 15% of the world’s population live with disabilities — which means that one billion people face an array of social and physical barriers in their daily lives. Doha Debates will host conversations through the Doha Portal during the FIFA Arab Cup to explore the role of sports in creating communities of equal opportunity and inclusion. The Portal will connect youth from Doha, Nakivale and Mexico City so that they can discuss effective ways to create and sustain inclusive environments within the sporting world.

Activation 2: December 3, 2021
2 – 7:30 p.m. Doha time | Education City Stadium’s Last Mile

2 – 3:30 p.m. | A penalty for social exclusion | Erbil, Iraq
6 – 7:30 p.m. | A penalty for social exclusion | Bamako, Mali

Football has the ability to move and inspire sports-lovers all across the globe. It can even fundamentally change the life trajectories of those who play the game — especially those struggling with poverty, mental and physical illness and other socially exclusionary situations. At the FIFA Arab Cup, the Doha Portal will provide an opportunity for young people from Doha to connect to their peers in Erbil and Bamako to discuss the ways that football can encourage inclusion and open doors for people living in historically marginalized and vulnerable communities.

Activation 3: December 4, 2021
6:30 -9:30 p.m. Doha time | Education City Stadium’s Last Mile

6:30 – 8 p.m. | The golden voice for change | Milwaukee, Wisconsin
8 -9:30 p.m. | The golden voice for change | Mexico City, Mexico

Football stars and professional athletes have a tremendous amount of influence, captivating and inspiring sports-lovers across the world. At the FIFA Arab Cup, the Doha Portal will provide a space for young people in Doha, Milwaukee and Mexico City to discuss how famous athletes can harness their star power to fight the world’s most pressing crises and impact the fight against racial bias and discrimination in sports communities across the globe.

Activation 4: December 7, 2021
6:30 – 9:30 p.m. Doha time | Education City Stadium’s Last Mile

6:30 – 8 p.m. | A tie game: can women athletes be equal? | Brooklyn, New York
8 – 9:30 p.m. | A tie game: can women athletes be equal? | Mexico City, Mexico

Even though great strides have been made toward gender equality in sports, female athletes still experience harsh and unequal treatment — from fans, players, critics, coaches and other influential figures in the sports world. Doha Debates will host conversations through the Doha Portal during the FIFA Arab Cup, connecting young people from Doha, Brooklyn and Mexico City to discuss how to “level the playing field” for women and create safer, more respectful and more equal sporting communities across the globe.

Activation 5: December 10, 2021
2 – 5:30 p.m. Doha time | Education City Stadium’s Last Mile

2 – 3:30 p.m. | The power of sportsmanship spirit | Erbil, Iraq
3:30 – 5:30 p.m. | The power of sportsmanship spirit | Kigali, Rwanda

Throughout history, participating in sport has helped people learn essential life skills and hone positive character traits. During the FIFA Arab Cup, The Doha Portal will host conversations between young people in Doha, Erbil and Kigali about the importance and impact of good sportsmanship on and off the field. These discussions will explore the power of encouraging and teaching sportsmanship at an early age and its lasting impacts on peoples’ lives and communities.

WISE Summit activations

Activation 1: December 8, 1 – 4 p.m. Doha time | Qatar National Convention Center (QNCC)
1 – 2 p.m. | Climate Education: Creating a green workforce of tomorrow | Bamako, Mali
At COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland, the Doha Debates Portal offered participants the opportunity to witness the world coming together to discuss solutions to the climate crisis. Now, the Portal gives young delegates attending the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) a chance to talk with their peers in Bamako about integrating sustainability and climate-change learning into formal education systems and professional learning. This Portal conversation will focus on how to ensure all students have access to quality education that gives them the skills and tools to fight climate change.

3 – 4 p.m. | The COVID-19 burden on girls’ education | Nakivale, Uganda
UNESCO has projected that 11 million girls around the world may never return to school after the school closures and education disruption brought on by the pandemic. As a result, many of them will be at risk of adolescent pregnancy, early or forced marriage, child labor and domestic violence. The Doha Debates Portal will provide a space for young WISE delegates and their peers from the Nakivale refugee settlement to explore why girls are dropping out of school post-COVID, and discuss ways to minimize and reverse learning losses by providing extra support to female students and their families.

Activation 2: December 9, 1 – 4 p.m. Doha time | Qatar National Convention Center (QNCC)
1 – 2 p.m. | Inclusive education: The road to social justice | Gaza, Palestine
Classroom discrimination can take many forms and has serious impacts on student learning. The Doha Debates Portal will engage young students from Doha with their peers in Gaza in a discussion of the impacts of racial, gender and ethnicity profiling on education. This Portal conversation will also delve into how to create classroom and school learning environments that are fully inclusive of students with disabilities.

3 – 4 p.m. | War Children: Education | Gaza, Palestine
Education can provide physical and psychological protection that can save and sustain lives. But right now, over 75 million children between the ages of three and 18 are out of school in 35 crisis-affected countries, and less than 2% of global humanitarian aid goes towards education. The Portal will provide space for young people from Gaza to connect to their peers in Doha to discuss the importance of sustaining education for children who live in conflict zones. The conversation will focus on effective tools to mitigate educational challenges in war zones — such as overcrowded classrooms, understaffing, lack of resources and violence.

Qatar National Day activation

Qatar National Day Activation: December 15, 2021, 7 – 8 p.m. Doha time, at Education City Stadium’s Last mile
The power of sports in shaping societies | Brooklyn, New York

Doha Debates Portal will host a special connection during the FIFA Arab Cup to celebrate Qatar National Day. This connection will highlight how Qatar faced the challenge of preserving its cultural tradition in this rapidly globalizing and interconnected world. Additionally, the connection will discuss how sports have been implemented as a central part of the modern Qatari culture. This activation will connect young people from Doha with peers in Brooklyn to discuss how sports has impacted their culture and society, the ability of sports to connect people and help build a world of peace and understanding of cultures through a shared passion for sports.

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These Portals Connect the World

Testimonials

 

“The Doha Debates Portal has been an eye-opening experience for me both as a Lithuanian and an aspiring journalism student. To be instantly connected in real-time with someone across the world for a discussion is fascinating. I was able to ask questions that are vital for me, directly hear genuine opinions and responses and challenge my perception of global issues for the better.”

Beatrice Zemelyte
Journalism Student | Northwestern University in Qatar

 

“In the portal, we connected to Gaza City. The topic that we decided to touch on is sport, and how sport can bring people together. But the issues coming out there were really interesting because sport was linked to gender equality.”

Ameenah Gurib-Fakim
Former President of Mauritius

 

“Via the portal, I had the chance to connect with people in Erbil in Iraq, discover what life is like in Iraq and learn more in depth about their culture and food. It was a nice experience engaging in the Portal!”

Dana
Primary School Student | Qatar Academy Wakra School

 

“I enjoyed talking to people in the United States via the Portal. It was really interesting to know how is it like there, especially with racial discrimination. [We also talked] about capitalism and changes that can help us adapt to social responsibilities in different societies.”

Mohamed
Mechanical Engineering Student | Texas A&M University in Qatar

How to participate

In the Doha Portal, participants can join live participants in debates and other events, giving them the opportunity to raise challenging questions with groups around the globe, from a tech hub in Gaza to a university in Texas and a public park in Lagos.

Stay up to date with the upcoming connections by following the @DohaPortal Instagram account and follow the conversation on social media with the hashtags #DearWorld and #DohaPortal.