Madrasa (the eLearning platform)
In October 2018, the UAE launched Madrasa, a free eLearning platform that provides 5,000 free Arabised videos in general science, math, biology, chemistry and physics. It also provides 11 million words of educational content to students from kindergarten to grade 12.
The platform is accessible online to over 50 million Arab students around the world. Students can access the platform on their personal computers or mobile phones through Madrasa app which is available on iTunes.
The eLearning platform presents the daily 1000x1000 competition that poses one question a day for 1,000 days. Students will get the chance to answer one question daily and enter a raffle draw to win USD 1,000.
Madrasa is the first outcome of the Translation challenge that was announced in 2017 by Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives (MBRGI).
The platform aims to:
- bridge the knowledge gap in the Arab world
- remove the barrier that Arab pupils encounter when they search for resources and information available in English
- create a new generation of qualified Arab researchers, scientists, innovators and inventors capable of building knowledge-based societies and shaping better future of their countries
- provide quality education which follows the latest international curriculum in science and mathematics
- establish the foundations of self-learning and methodology, along with the traditional educational institution.
In the future, the platform will include courses on Arabic language, computer science, engineering, programming, artificial intelligence and space science.
For more information, read news coverage relating to the launch of Madrasa on WAM.
Programmes and tutorials
Ministry of Education in the UAE, in partnership with Etisalat and Google launched online education to develop hundreds of tutorials on YouTube aimed for Grade 11 and 12 students.
Duroosi (which means my studies in Arabic), is a YouTube channel with 600 tutorials, covering a variety of subjects based on the national curriculum, and intended to help families cut back on the high cost of private tuitions. MoE scanned all the important topics for Grades 11 and 12 and brought the material to Etisalat, which produced the YouTube videos in Arabic. This is Etisalat's first eEducation project; the company is also looking to develop similar tutorials for other age groups.
Diwan eBook reader
Ministry of Education led launched Diwan eBook reader, an app that facilitates the downloading of books and online study. It lets teachers and students from the government schools to view and interact with the learning curriculum electronically.
Mohammed bin Rashid Smart Learning project
Another pioneering smart learning initiative by the UAE Government is the Mohammed bin Rashid Smart Learning project. The project is a joint venture between Ministry of Education (MOE) and UAE's Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) in cooperation with the UAE Prime Minister's office.
The AED 1 billion programme is part of Vision 2021 and will be introduced in four stages over five years. Preparing the schools for the goal, the ministry in association with Etisalat is equipping around 400 campuses with the latest 4G networks, eBoards, smart tablets as well as eContent, including textbooks on iPhones, iPads and Android platforms.
eLearning has been given a significant boost through accredited bachelor and master's courses from Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University.