Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, yesterday launched ‘Madrasa‘, the largest free Arabic e-learning platform. Aimed at all levels of school students from kindergarten to grade 12, Madrasa offers 5,000 Arabic educational videos on subjects ranging from science to mathematics.
The videos are available for more than 50 million Arab students around the world at no cost through the web-based platform or mobile apps of Madrasa.
Announcing the initiative, 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 world-class education to every Arab child.”
He added: “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.”
Inviting all Arab students to use the Madrasa platform, he noted, “My message to Arab students is: Education is your future and your weapon to navigate life.”
Dubai ruler launches 'Madrasa', largest free Arabic e-learning platform, with more than 5,000 educational videos, for school studentsClick To Tweet
The platform has a pretty smooth user interface with videos categorized by subjects and topics. The videos are not hosted on the platform though. Madrasa seems to have uploaded all of them on Youtube and has embedded them on the website with a dedicated page for every topic.
Madrasa in the future will also add educational courses on Arabic language, computer science, engineering, programming, artificial intelligence and space science.
The platform is the result of Translation Challenge initiative, that was launched by Dubai ruler last year. Madrasa, according to a statement by Dubai government, 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.”