Dr. Al-Sheikh: Advanced technologies provide efficient and equitable access to platforms for learners

NEW YORK – Education Minister Dr. Hamad Bin Mohammed Al-Sheikh said that “advanced technologies provide efficient, equitable and comprehensive access to open electronic resources and platforms for learners with different backgrounds, interests and different needs at any time and from anywhere in the world, which can be provided by various outlets such as satellite channels, digital platforms and SMS.

He made the statement during a high-level session titled: Effective Education Ecosystems: Solutions for Open Digital Content, as part of Solutions Day at the Transforming Education Summit in New York, USA. This coincided with the September 13-27 convening of the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly.

During the session, the Minister of Education affirmed the importance of open electronic resources and platforms to support and build student capacity, improve teacher skills and facilitate access to materials and resources. high quality teaching.

He highlighted the Kingdom’s distinguished experience in the field of digital transformation since 2005 as well as its efforts during the coronavirus pandemic through the development of educational platforms and investment in digital solutions.

He highlighted the role of the Kingdom’s educational platforms, “My School (Madrasati), My Kindergarten (Rawdati) and Ein Educational Channels”, which have received global attention and provided an inspiring model for education systems around the world by providing fair and efficient services. access to all learners.

Dr. Al-Sheikh added that the Kingdom’s success in open digital resources and platforms emanated from early investments in digital infrastructure and digital education in the Kingdom.

He revealed that the Kingdom is one of the few countries in the world to have an institution dedicated to e-learning policies and setting standards for all electronic and digital educational content, namely the National Center for online learning.

He affirmed the importance of the cycle of open electronic resources and platforms to develop education and increase the sustainability of education systems in times of crisis.

He pointed out that low cost, ease of reuse, compatibility with local contexts and republication reflect the importance of open electronic resources and platforms, noting that students in the Kingdom through these platforms and resources can learn more about the Natural History Museum. here in New York, while they are in their classrooms in Riyadh.

Meanwhile, students here in the United States and around the world can virtually visit NEOM Smart City in the Kingdom.

Previously, Dr. Al-Sheikh participated in the opening session of Solutions Day on Saturday, announcing the launch of his activities and sessions as part of the proceedings of the Transforming Education Summit held in New York.

Ministerial sessions held during the summit provide a forum for global partners to mobilize support to launch or expand initiatives related to the summit themes.

A set of initiatives aimed at obtaining international partnerships and alliances were presented to help transform education with the participation and coordination of Member States and international organizations.

The sessions featured a review of initiatives to transform education across five themes, including the provision of inclusive, equitable, safe and healthy schools, support for learning and life skills, work and sustainable development , teachers and the teaching profession, as well as digital learning and transformation, and education finance.

Education ministers discussed recovering from the loss of education caused by the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and getting back on track to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and education-related goals of the 2030 Agenda. — SPA

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