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Dubai ruler launches free Arabic e-learning platform

Madrasa offers 5,000 Arabic educational videos on subjects including science and mathematics and targets all levels of school students

Dubai ruler launches free Arabic e-learning platform
Sheikh Mohammed has launched Madrasa, the largest free e-learning platform in the Arab world.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, on Tuesday launched Madrasa, the largest free e-learning platform in the Arab world.

The new project, under the umbrella of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives (MBRGI), offers 5,000 Arabic educational videos on subjects including science and mathematics and targets all levels of school students from kindergarten to grade 12.

It also provides educational materials in Arabic online at no charge to over 50 million Arab students around the world.

Sheikh Mohammed said: "Building a better future for our region starts in the classroom and e-learning can bridge the knowledge gap in the Arab world. Technology can offer millions of Arab students the opportunity to develop their scientific capabilities. We aspire to provide a world-class education to every Arab child.

"The project contributes to improving the quality of education in the Arab world, and I call on all those who have the ability to do so to launch similar initiatives," he added.

Inviting all Arab students to use the Madrasa platform, Sheikh Mohammed said: "My message to Arab students is: Education is your future and your weapon to navigate life."

The Madrasa e-learning platform is the first outcome of the Translation Challenge initiative, launched by Sheikh Mohammed in 2017, with the aim of providing tens of millions of students in the Arab world with easy access to advanced, engaging and accurate audiovisual educational materials in Arabic.

Madrasa is a culmination of hundreds of thousands of hours of work put in by translators, proofreaders, designers, technicians, and voice-over artists who volunteered for the Translation Challenge.

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.

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