UAE launches largest e-learning platform in Arab World
Dubai: The UAE on Tuesday launched the largest e-learning platform in the Arab world which will benefit over 50 million students in the region, from Kindergarten to Grade 12.
Arabic educational videos are part of the Madrasa project
The Madrasa (school) portal, which can be accessed on www.madrasa.org, was launched by His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai in a special ceremony held at Madinat Jumeirah.
The one of a kind revolutionary initiative now gives students free access to 5,000 educational videos— which have been translated into Arabic — in subjects including physics, chemistry, biology, general sciences and mathematics.
Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid launched the Madrasa (school) portal in a special ceremony held at Madinat Jumeirah. WAM
“Building a better future for our region starts in the classroom and e-learning can bridge the knowledge gap in the Arab world,” said Shaikh Mohammad after announcing the initiative. “Technology can offer millions of Arab students the opportunity to develop their scientific capabilities. We aspire to provide world-class education to every Arab child.”
Shaikh Mohammad added that the project contributes to improving the quality of education in the Arab world. “I call on all those who have the ability to do so to launch similar initiatives.”
Inviting all Arab students to use the Madrasa platform, he said: “My message to Arab students is: Education is your future and your weapon to navigate life.”
words of top quality educational content translated into Arabic
The platform is the outcome of a translation challenge announced by Shaikh Mohammad last year which called on volunteers to help translate 5,000 English videos and 11 million words of high standard academic material into Arabic.
Out of 52,000 applications that were submitted to Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives’ (MBRGI), 300 volunteers from across the Arab world were chosen to take part in Arabising the video materials for the platform.
The ceremony was attended by Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council and Lieutenant General Shaikh Saif Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior and a number of government officials.
applications from volunteers to contribute to the platform through the Translation Challenge launched in 2017
During the ceremony, and in the presence of hundreds of UAE school students, MBRGI also announced the launch of a large competition on the platform called 1000X1000 targeting Arab students who will be using the portal.
The competition gives students a chance to enter a draw to win $1,000 (Dh3,673) for answering one question a day for 1,000 days. A total of $1 million (Dh3.7 million) will be given away in awards under the challenge.
Gulf News spoke to Sarah Al Nuaimi, project manager at MBRGI who said the platform currently provides advanced, engaging and accurate audio-visual educational materials in Arabic for students anywhere in the world.
“The main objective is for this portal to become the number one reference on the internet for all students in the region,” she said. “5,000 videos is just the beginning. We have higher ambitions and will be updating the website frequently to benefit millions of students.”
translators, university students, proofreaders, designers and voiceover artists contributed to elearning portal
Al Nuaimi said the educational videos were selected by a specialised team of educational experts, from the Khan Academy e-library, a non-profit educational institute that provides educational videos online, in various curricula and subjects in 35 languages.
She added that Madrasa is the culmination of hundreds of thousands of hours of hard work put in by translators, proofreaders, designers, technicians, and voice-over artists who volunteered for the Translation Challenge.
“There was an overwhelming response to participate in the translation challenge when it was first announced. The volunteers were assessed in terms of their language capabilities, clarity of voice and number of other criteria.”
In the future, Madrasa will further enrich its content with new educational courses on subjects including Arabic language, computer science, engineering, programming, artificial intelligence, and space science. The platform will also build synergies with relevant leading institutions to advance education on a regional and global level.