Madrassa, an open digital educational platform, which provides free educational content in Arabic to more than 60 million Arab students, has won the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) International Literacy Prize, for the first time at the level of the UAE and the first for 2022 at the level of The Arab world, for its efforts to provide educational and knowledge content in the Arabic language digitally and to make it available free of charge to all, in a way that enhances the efforts to eradicate illiteracy in the mother tongue around the world.
The awarding of the “Madrasa” platform, which is one of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s global initiatives to spread education and knowledge, was announced at the annual awards ceremony held by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, on the occasion of International Literacy Day, in the presence of Dr. Walid Al Ali, advisor in the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives and general coordinator of the “Madrasa” platform, and Farah Al-Azab, project manager at the Mujammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives.
This is the first win for the UAE in general with this award and the only Arab one in the 2022 session, along with prominent winning countries, namely Britain and India in the category of supporting literacy for mother tongue, and Brazil, South Africa and Malaysia in the category of support for literacy for adults in rural areas.
His Excellency Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Gergawi, Secretary-General of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, said that providing learning opportunities for all in accordance with the vision of Mohammed bin Rashid is a fruitful Emirati model that empowers future generations and contributes to spreading the values of continuous learning and openness to cultures, knowledge and ideas that build civilizations and accelerate the achievement of goals Sustainable development 2030, and accelerates the resumption of the contribution of the region and its rising generations to the march of human civilization.
His Excellency stressed that the design, launch and expansion of innovative and sustainable humanitarian work initiatives, especially in the sector of dissemination of education and knowledge, is a continuous approach for the UAE and charitable, humanitarian and community institutions, with the support of its wise leadership and with a wide contribution from its community and its international partners from United Nations organizations and other keen institutions around the world On enhancing the future of humanitarian action possible for human societies.
The UNESCO award for the “Madrasa” initiative keen to spread knowledge of the Arabic language supports the objectives of the “Emirates Declaration on the Arabic Language”, which His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, witnessed his signature in December 2021 by the Arab Ministers of Culture during the Arabic Language Summit in Dubai Expo, which was organized by the Ministry of Culture and Youth in the country, where the signatories pledged their commitment to the Arabic language as the language of identity, culture, science and life.
Her Excellency Noura bint Mohammed Al Kaabi, Minister of Culture and Youth, commended the Emirati “Madrasa” platform, which is open to tens of millions of students in the Arabic language, for receiving the UNESCO Literacy Prize, considering it a comprehensive honor for the various programs, initiatives and knowledge and cultural projects aimed at the UAE towards the region and the world to actively contribute to Building bridges of communication and acquaintance between cultures and civilizations through letter, word and thought.
She stressed that the UAE, under the directives of its wise leadership, will continue to provide permanent support for programs and projects to disseminate knowledge and enhance cultural awareness, as an international partner in spreading education and culture and qualifying young people and youth with knowledge and skills that enable them to develop themselves and build societies that believe in dialogue, tolerance and scientific progress as a path towards prosperity, development and growth. .
The UNESCO Literacy Prize is the third international award for the Madrassa platform that it won in a few years after its launch, after it won the Sharjah Prize for Distinguished Educational Project and the ESCWA Prize for Arabic Digital Content for Sustainable Development for the year 2022, emphasizing the great role that the Madrasah platform offers to Arab students. .
For his part, His Excellency Salem Khalid Abdullah Al Qasimi, Permanent Representative of the UAE to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), said: “The UAE has made great efforts in the field of literacy, and is committed to supporting and implementing initiatives aimed at developing educational tools, methods and platforms. Anyone who wants to learn can access it and benefit from it.”
His Excellency praised the efforts of the cadres of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives and the “Madrasa” initiative, which made a great effort in spreading Arab knowledge and educational content, by providing innovative and pioneering curricula on digital platforms, to enhance reading and writing skills in Arabic around the world. .
In turn, Dr. Walid Al Ali, advisor in the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives and general coordinator of the “Madrasa” platform, stressed that it is the largest initiative of its kind in the region that provides electronic educational content in Arabic, a mother tongue, and supports digital content by providing it free for all, in order to ensure To implement the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum to spread education, support the Arabic language, and adopt digital solutions and innovation.
Dr. Al Ali said: “We are proud that the Madrassa platform, operated by the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, won the UNESCO-King Chejong Literacy Prize for the year 2022, especially after the Madrassa platform recorded 75 million views of its educational classes, available for free in Arabic on its website at The Internet has gained 3 million subscribers from 55 countries so far, and they are determined to continue expanding the initiative.” The UNESCO-King Chejong Prize for Literacy has been considered a prestigious annual award for more than three decades. It is affiliated with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and it is awarded to the most prominent institutions, organizations or individuals for their contribution to the fight against illiteracy through initiatives focusing on the mother tongue. It is funded. By the government of the Republic of South Korea since 1989 and named after King Sejong, the creator of the Korean alphabet, and the winners are honored in an award ceremony held every year in a different country.
The Madrassa platform team worked to develop its open electronic educational content, consisting of thousands of video lessons, in cooperation with the best experts and educators, including teachers, supervisors, academics and university professors specialized in developing educational content in the Arabic language, in the form of video educational lessons designed by an experienced creative team in accordance with the best international standards and practices.
The Madrassa platform provides students from kindergarten to high school with an integrated study plan for the most important subjects of the Arabic language, especially grammar, grammar, morphology, listening, conversation, reading, writing, rhetoric, poetry, vocabulary and spelling, in a simple and easy manner that complements the educational curricula and uses technology applications and visual, interactive and digital media.
The Arabic language lessons provided by Madrasah focus on four main features: employing innovative and attractive means in teaching Arabic, adopting a smooth language and a modern method of presentation that suits the modern generation and according to their ages, providing certified and high-quality content according to the highest standards and with the contribution of a selection of educators and experts, and providing more From 1000 video lessons covering the different levels of study in the Arabic language.
Madrasah provides 800 educational videos for the stages from the first to the twelfth grade, linked to clear educational outcomes, and supported by examples and exercises.
It presents 200 illustrated stories designed in cooperation with reputable publishing houses that encourage children to read in an interesting way for kindergarten and primary classes.
The e-learning platform “Madrasa” is the product of the translation challenge launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum to localize 11 million words of globally distinguished educational curricula content in science and mathematics disciplines with the participation of volunteers from various disciplines, as a first step to provide qualitative educational content in Arabic within thousands Interesting educational videos are accessible to tens of millions of students, teachers and parents in the Arab world.
In addition to innovative educational materials in mathematics, Arabic, general science, chemistry, physics and biology, the Madrassa platform provides future science content for children to nurture their scientific and cognitive curiosity.
Madrasah also presents the principle of “gamification in education” as an innovative method to encourage students to acquire knowledge and continuous learning in the Arabic language, to enhance their spirit of competition and develop their abilities, skills and knowledge by combining pleasure and benefit.
The Madrassa platform aims, as an electronic educational platform that includes distinguished educational content, to provide quality education, based on the latest international curricula in science and mathematics, and to make it available free of charge to millions of Arab students so that they can access it anywhere, and contribute to changing the reality of education in the Arab world, and improving achievement. The scientific study for millions of Arab students, opening new horizons of knowledge for them, as well as consolidating the foundations of self- and systematic learning, without contradicting the role of the educational institution, while providing attractive and distinguished educational content, from the initial foundation stages to the secondary stage.
The School seeks to contribute to preparing a new generation of qualified Arab researchers, scientists, innovators and inventors to address the most prominent development challenges, and to create scientifically qualified young Arab competencies, capable of modern technology, capable of leading the sectors of the knowledge economy and actively participating in future makers.