NEW YORK, 14th July, 2022 (WAM) — Omar bin Sultan Al Olama, Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, Digital Economy and Remote Work Applications, Chairman of the Board of the Digital School, stated that the UAE is spreading education and knowledge and providing ideal educational opportunities for all less fortunate students in the world. They do this by using modern technology and advanced digital technologies to increase future opportunities for generations and improve people’s lives.
The announcement came as Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives (MBRGI) showcased its comprehensive humanitarian achievements and international contributions in several areas, namely education and knowledge dissemination and community empowerment. She also presented the most significant achievements and results achieved by the Digital School during the UAE government delegation’s participation in the High-Level Political Forum held annually at the United Nations Headquarters on the Sustainable Development Goals.
During the forum, a new phase of the strategic partnership with Arizona State University was announced, with the aim of expanding the cooperation between The Digital School and Arizona State University to offer digital teacher training courses at a global level and collaborate in the development of digital education. standards and digital educators. The agreement was signed by the General Secretary of the Digital School, Dr. Waleed Al Ali and Arizona State University Vice President for Educational Communications Amy McGrath in the presence of several officials and conference attendees.
Mr Al Olam said the UAE government is promoting international integration and cooperation aimed at equipping the next generation of students with the digital skills and capabilities that enable them to build a sustainable future. It also supports international efforts to provide educational opportunities and create an integrated education system to ensure the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.
He added that the cooperation agreements and partnerships concluded by the Digital School with various governments, educational institutions, international organizations and specialized companies are aimed at raising the level of education and equipping the new generation, especially in regions and communities that do not have adequate opportunities, scientific capabilities and necessary knowledge. It is about achieving this through technological solutions, artificial intelligence applications and digital learning opportunities to enable the next generation to lead the future and actively participate in promoting the global development process.
A new era of global digital collaboration: The new phase will focus on expanding the existing collaboration between the Digital School and Arizona State University in three pillars.
The first pillar includes collaboration to establish a Global Digital Learning Institute, which will work to introduce and develop validated teacher professional development programs and scale them up globally. The two parties will work together to facilitate access to these programs, with the goal of reaching 10,000 teachers worldwide.
The second pillar will focus on providing internationally recognized certificates and standards for digital teacher training. The two parties will collaborate using their expertise and extensive network to develop digital education standards and digital teachers.
The third pillar will focus on thought leadership in digital education, with both parties working on a series of public virtual webinars that will address key topics and developments in digital education, particularly in less-favoured regions. As a global pioneer in digital education, Arizona State University will share its expertise in developing and running these specialized programs. These webinars will spread the concept of digital education, promote international efforts and share the Digital School experience with the world.
Also, within the framework of the third pillar, we will cooperate in writing and publishing joint research papers in the areas of digital education and its impact. This will help strengthen the role of this collaboration in supporting the future of digital education.
Details of this expanded partnership and its initiatives will be announced soon as both parties work to further the Digital School’s vision of expanding the boundaries of digital education to enable higher education for a variety of businesses.
Global Achievements: Huda Alhashimi, Deputy Cabinet Minister for Strategic Affairs and Vice Chair of the Digital School Board of Trustees, said: “The Digital School today offers digital learning to a group of 20,000 students in five countries in three languages. Additionally, 500 educators have been trained and certified to become digital educators in partnership with Arizona State University. The goal of the digital school is to enroll one million students by 2026. The Digital School will set new global milestones for the future of digital education. who needs it most.”
Al Hashimi added: “The efforts of the UAE Digital School are available to the whole world, and we are pleased that the UN has recognized digital learning as one of its five new lines of action to transform education. The Digital School has seen implementation on the ground and we are happy to share the experience and partnering with the world to harness the benefits of digital learning to expand quality learning opportunities.
In partnership with Arizona State University, the Digital School has jointly developed programs in four languages — Arabic, English, French and Spanish — over the past year. Through these programs, both parties have successfully trained more than 500 teachers and education providers in five countries.
During its first year of existence, the Digital School was also able to launch its various digital programs and initiatives in more than five countries on three continents: Iraq and Jordan in Asia, Egypt and Mauritania in Africa, and Colombia in Latin America.
Translated by Gihane Fawzi.
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