Qatar Airways giving teachers free plane tickets during pandemic

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Teachers' hard work during the pandemic is being rewarded with some much-needed travel and leisure.

Qatar Airways is hoping to celebrate educators everywhere by giving away 21,000 round-trip plane tickets, the airline announced Monday, Oct. 5, on World Teachers’ Day.

Qatar Airways is giving away 21,000 round-trip plane tickets to teachers globally. 
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Teachers and classroom professionals, including teaching assistants, substitutes, tutors, senior leaders, student counselors and ESL teachers, among other educators across the globe, are eligible to apply for a chance to win by submitting a form on Qatar’s website. The promotion will run through Oct. 8, and those applying must live in a country where Qatar Airways operates direct flights through Doha and submit documentation to prove their employment.

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Educators who register successfully will get an economy class return ticket anywhere on the airline’s network of more than 90 destinations worldwide. They’ll also receive a voucher for 50% off a future return ticket that can be redeemed for themselves, a friend or a family member, according to the airline.

The tickets will be valid through Sept. 30, 2021.

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Teachers have faced their fair share of back-to-school stress during COVID-19, along with the challenges of engaging students while teaching remotely, or maintaining health and safety during in-school learning. A number of school districts, like New York, have launched blended learning models in which students are taught in-person and at home.

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But taking vacation days any time soon may be unrealistic for many educators. More schools nationwide are seeing an influx of teachers taking a leave of absence, sparking shortages across the country. American Federation of Teachers (AFT) President Randi Weingarten, head of the second-largest teacher’s union in America, told FOX Business earlier this month that teacher shortages could reach up to 30% higher “dependent on how a jurisdiction has handled COVID.”

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