2020-11-24

First Digital School Board Meeting Examines Smart Learning Strategies

Inaugural Board Meeting

The first board meeting of the Digital School explored smart learning strategies to facilitate access to quality education to students across the world.

Through the meeting, members discussed ways to cooperate with global experts and organizations to obtain international accreditation and provide quality education that adheres to the latest standards. The meeting also discussed the field and financial support needed to reach students living in refugee camps and underserved communities and establish learning centers.

His Excellency Omar AlOlama, Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, Digital Economy and Remote Work Applications, Chairman of the Digital School Board of Directors, said the Digital School’s main strategy revolves around providing quality education to students across the world, especially those living in conflict zones, refugee camps and disadvantaged communities. It aims to use cutting-edge technologies to empower students with an advanced learning experience as a sustainable investment in the future of knowledge-based economies.

“Through the use of technology in education, we aim to empower and support the next generation, especially in vulnerable and low-income communities, with equal opportunities to hone their skills and talents and actively contribute to the development of their communities,” said AlOlama.
He added that the Digital School provides a global smart learning platform that highlights the UAE’s leading experience in distance education and hybrid learning and its collaboration with global organizations to introduce advanced learning solutions that adapt to the ever-changing educational sphere. Through the Digital School, the UAE is working to develop an internationally accredited smart education that meets the requirements of the modern labor market and future knowledge-based economies and contribute to achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 2030.

The virtual meeting was attended by board members Huda Al Hashimi, chief of strategy and government innovation of the UAE Government; Dr. Abdulla Al Karam, chairman of the Board of Directors and Director General of the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA); Dr. Mohammed Ateeq Al Falahi, Secretary General of the Emirates Red Crescent; Dr. Tariq Al Gurg, Chief Executive Officer at Dubai Cares and Member of its Board of Directors; Dr. Mohammed Qassim, assistant professor in the College of Technological Studies in Kuwait; and Dr. Waleed Al Ali, General Coordinator of the Digital School initiative at MBRGI.

The Digital School

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, launched the Digital School earlier in November to provide a certified online education to students across the world, primarily in underserved communities. The first comprehensive Arab digital school introduces a personalized and flexible distance learning experience to students anywhere in the world. It will feature digital classes powered by cutting-edge technologies and Artificial Intelligence to enhance self-learning and skill development. Launched under the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives (MBRGI), the Digital School aims to reach one million students in its first five years.