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|16 October, 2018

Sheikh Mohammed launches biggest e-learning platform in Dubai

Over 50 million Arab students around the world will gain access to 5,000 educational videos for free.

FILE IMAGE: Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, Prime Minister and Vice-President of the United Arab Emirates, and ruler of Dubai, attends the World Government Summit in Dubai, United Arab Emirates February 11, 2018. Image for illustrative purposes.

FILE IMAGE: Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, Prime Minister and Vice-President of the United Arab Emirates, and ruler of Dubai, attends the World Government Summit in Dubai, United Arab Emirates February 11, 2018. Image for illustrative purposes.

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UAE - His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, launched the new e-learning platform, www.madrasa.org, which will give over 50 million Arab students around the world access to 5,000 educational videos for free.

The Mohammed Bin Rashid eLearning platform, considered the biggest in the Arab world, provides arabised videos in general science, math, biology, chemistry and physics for students from KG to grade 12.

The platform is the outcome of the Translation Challenge, announced last year, that attracted thousands of volunteers across the Arab world to translate 5,000 videos and 11 million words of educational content into Arabic.

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During the ceremony, the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives also announced the 1000x1000 competition, which will give students the chance to win $1,000 for answering one question a day for 1,000 days. The competition will give away $1 million worth of awards.

Teachers, engineers, researchers, university students, employees, retirees, technicians and graphic designers contributed in fields of translation, voiceover and video production, and publication.

Addressing the crowd, Sheikh Mohammed said: "I said last year that our first, second and third priority is education. I would like to tell you that [this platform] is just the beginning."

The e-learning platform aims to reignite the Arab world's glory and development in maths and science. It will be available on Android and iOS to provide attractive educational content for students.

 

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