Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has extended the Madrasa e-learning platform to 1,000 villages to support education across the region.
The platform will provide 5,000 free Arab-language education videos to schools in remote areas and refugee camps across the region that have no access to the internet.
These videos will cover general science, maths, biology, chemistry and physics for pupils from kindergarten to Grade 12 through four innovative offline solutions.
The project, launched with the backing of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, will also supply the Madrasa tablet, a Wi-Fi hot spot device, a flash memory or a smart bag that is a full mobile classroom of 20 tablets, a projector, Wi-Fi extender and audio speakers.
“The initiative is the first phase of plans to cover remote areas across the Arab world,” Sheikh Mohammed said.
أطلقنا اليوم مبادرة لتوفير منصة "مدرسة" للتعليم الالكتروني والتي تضم ٥٠٠٠ درس تعليمي مصور في العلوم والرياضيات باللغة العربية لجميع المراحل التعليمية .. أطلقنا مبادرة لتوفير المنصة في ألف قرية لا تتصل بشبكة الانترنت pic.twitter.com/fcCtsyrMIu
— HH Sheikh Mohammed (@HHShkMohd) February 14, 2019
He also said that education is the biggest hope for the Arab world, and that nothing should stop children from receiving it.
“Improving the education system in the Arab world is an urgent priority,” Sheikh Mohammed said.
“It is the most effective way to empower Arab students and the ideal solution to provide them with world-class education wherever they are.”
The tablet has a battery life of eight hours, while the mobile hot spot device will provide a Wi-Fi connection that allows pupils in remote schools to connect to the internet.
Some pupils will receive educational videos on a flash drive that they can connect to a tablet or computer and learn without internet access.
Sheikh Mohammed launched the Madrasa programme, the Arab world’s biggest e-learning platform, in October last year.
Over 1.5 million pupils have since joined the programme.