By Hamed Mahmoud
Egypt and UAE officials discussed collaborations to develop the content of the Digital School to provide a certified high-tech online education to reach students in disadvantaged communities across the world.
In a meeting, His Excellency Omar AlOlama, UAE Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, Digital Economy and Remote Work Applications and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Digital School, and His Excellency Tarek Shawki, Egypt’s Minister of Education and Technical Education, discussed ways to exchange knowledge and expertise to develop high-tech educational content that aims to reach one million disadvantaged students in the next five years.
The collaborations aim to enhance the quality of online education across the Arab world through the Digital School, the first comprehensive Arab online school, that aims to provide access to classes powered by cutting-edge technologies and Artificial Intelligence to students anywhere in the world, particularly underserved communities.
Both officials addressed setting approved criteria for digital learning and establishing specialised joint teams to follow the implementation progress. The UAE is already collaborating with Jordan to test the content of the Digital School among primary school students at Mrajeeb Al Fhood refugee camp in Jordan, as part of the trial phase.
The meeting was held in the presence of Dr Waleed Al Ali, Secretary General of the Digital School, Dr Ahmed Daher, Egypt’s Deputy Minister of Education for Information Technology and Digital Learning, and Major General Akram Al-Nashar, Assistant Minister for Strategic Planning and Financial and Administrative Affairs.
His Excellency Tarek Shawki said the collaboration with the UAE to develop the content of the Digital School fulfills the objectives to equip the new Arab generation with academic and life skills that enable them to compete globally. He added, “Digital education endorses self-learning and lifelong learning among students. Regional collaborations to develop digital education initiatives helps create a solid system that responds to the 21st century skills.”