In line with the Distance Learning initiative, launched earlier by the UAE Ministry of Education, Madrasa e-learning platform has boosted its free online content to facilitating the learning experience of millions of Arab students across the region. Under the umbrella of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives (MBRGI), Madrasa e-learning platform provides more than 5,000 educational videos in math, science, and Arabic language that cater to students from kindergarten to grade 12.
The platform complements and supports the Distance Learning initiative, which the Ministry of Education launched in early March, through providing high-quality and interactive online educational material to students in public and private schools in the UAE and across the region.
Comprehensive educational system
Her Excellency Jameela Al Muhairi, Minister of State for Public Education, said, “Implementing the Distance Learning scheme presents a fundamental step that aims to complement the advanced digital infrastructure of the UAE and strengthen the country’s leading position in applying advanced technologies across different aspects of life.”
She added, “The scheme complements modern e-learning that enhances the educational experience of students in different circumstances.” Al Muhairi noted that the high-quality content offered through Madrasa e-learning platform enriches the educational system of the UAE and the region through its accessibility to students, teachers, and parents.
“The innovative content of Madrasa based on the latest international curricula approved in the UAE and the Arab world supports the learning experience of students especially in math, science and Arabic language and establishes a comprehensive educational system.”
Al Muhairi said that the Distance Learning scheme has proven its efficiency and success during the trial period in schools across the country. “We aim to foster the culture of smart learning that allows students to continue their educational process under any circumstances and in any place. In collaboration with e-learning platforms like Madrasa, the scheme aims to promote self-learning and enrich the learning experience even during emergencies.”
Al Muhaira pointed to the collaboration between the ministry and Madrasa e-learning platform that was manifested in teacher training workshops to incorporate the online content with school curricula.
Earlier in March, the UAE Ministry of Education began implementing Distance Learning scheme to enable second-cycle and third-cycle students to continue their learning process outside classrooms. The initiative allows students to interact with teachers remotely, access their educational material and even download textbooks through online accounts on computers and iPads. Through the digital platform, teachers can record lessons by voice or through pre-recorded sessions.
Supporting educational process
His Excellency Saeed Al Eter, Assistant Secretary General of MBRGI, said, “The integration between Madrasa’s unique educational content and the Ministry of Education’s Distance Learning initiative strengthens Madrasa’s role as a supporter of educational systems that meets future changes in the UAE and the region. Madrasa aims to continue applying innovation in the educational process and supporting students, teachers and parents to keep pace with modern educational trends and latest curricula.”
He added, “Knowledge and educational initiatives and programmes are part of the main pillars of MBRGI’s work that aims to develop educational systems, especially in the Arab world, create innovative and high-quality school environments in less fortunate societies across the world and contribute to building knowledge-based economies.”
Al Eter noted that MBRGI’s knowledge initiatives stems from the vision that achieving stability in the region and creating human prosperity starts with empowering youth of the Arab world.
High-quality educational content
Madrasa.org, the biggest Arab e-Learning platform, provides more than 5,000 free-of-charge videos in general science, math, biology, chemistry, physics and Arabic language to over 50 million students from kindergarten to grade 12.
The platform aims to strengthen student learning and support teachers and parents through innovative and high-quality videos based on the latest international curricula. Since its launch in October 2018, Madrasa has garnered over 65 million views – 13,000 daily views on average – and attracted over 2.5 million registered users. The platform records engagement from over 6,000 users on average from all over the world
As part of the collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Madrasa has conducted over 35 teacher workshops in 26 ministry-affiliated training centers across the country, enabling 1,356 teachers and educators to utilize the innovative online platform in classrooms. Madrasa’s online content has been connected with the ministry’s smart learning platform to facilitate access to high-quality educational material.