Sheikh Mohammed announces $272m UAE ‘smart learning’ initiative

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UAE’s Vice President and Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum on Tuesday launched a AED1bn ($272m) initiative to improve technology in the country’s schools.

Sheikh Mohammed, also the ruler of Dubai, announced the initiative at the launch of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Initiative for Smart Learning.

The programme will cover all the schools across the country and would be implemented over a period of five years, state news agency WAM reported.

The project aims to induce modern learning environment by introducing “smart classes” in all schools and educational institutions and providing every pupil with a tablet PC and high speed 4G networks.

WAM added that the initiative also seeks specialised training programmes for teachers and a new scientific support curricula.

The Ministry of Education and the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) will coordinate to implement the project under the direct follow-up by the Prime Minister’s office.

At the launch, Sheikh Mohammed stressed that the basic development of education was a “national necessity for sustainable development”.

He emphasised that the government would continue to invest in “the human factor and its development”.

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