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His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai launched a new digital school to educate 1 million under-privileged within the next 5 years. These students will receive education from any location. His highness said that millions of children globally have no access to education because of conflict and wars. If we do not address these challenges, we will have failed future generations. This initiative will provide flexible and customized remote learning to students globally.

More about the Digital School

The Digital School is under the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives (MBRGI) and aims to empower learners in marginalized communities and refugee camps. Experts from leading global universities like New York, Stanford, Harvard, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) will oversee the implementation of this initiative.

Artificial intelligence and cutting-edge technology will be used in classrooms to enhance skill-development and self-learning. It will combine virtual and live classes in science, math, English, computer studies, and Arabic. Teachers and students will interact without geographical limitations.

The school will collaborate with education ministries and other authorities in the region to design an approved digital education model and provide curricula that align with the national education system. You can transfer credentials globally and be included in your students’ portfolio as a part of your achievement while applying to a university or job.

The Digital School will operate from November 2020 to August 2021 in its initial phase. It will include 20 000 students from 4 countries and 3 virtual classes every week for 3 months. This initiative will be developed from research and feedback from the initial phase.

Benefits of this Digital School

Digital School

We are living in a digital era where the education sector is transforming and embracing technology. Apart from reaching students globally, here are ways the Digital School will benefit learners.

Personalized Learning

One of the benefits of digital learning is that it provides personalized learning. Personalized learning is an educational approach that tailors learning based on each students’ needs, strengths, interests, and skills. Technology is beneficial because it helps to identify learner differences and facilitate personalized learning. For instance, digital learning can be used at a university in Dubai by students to adapt to new learning materials effortlessly and use digital tools in their studies.

Competency-Based Learning

Competency-based learning is not new but is now gaining momentum because of technological advancements. Competency-based learning is a structure of instructions, examining, grading, and academic reporting; this is a way for learners to demonstrate that they have acquired knowledge and skills taught in a particular class. Competency-based education is flexible because it depends on individuals; you can choose when to study and complete your assignments.

Collaborative Learning

Collaborative learning is an educational approach that uses groups to boost learning through collaboration. Collaborative online activities promote active learning, social interaction, and shared knowledge. They also teach you how to deal with people in the real world, including effective communication, time-management, and leadership skills.

Collaborative group activities are highly-structured or informal. They help develop communication among learners. These activities give you a sense of community and provide you with an active role shared with other group members.

High-Quality Learning

Digital learning tools and other resources provide high-quality education. This improves academic performance by helping you to understand course content, boosts morale, and motivates you to study. It also gives you a competitive edge; you learn in a conducive and well-equipped environment. This way, you can compete with your peers. Quality education secures your future.


Creativity is essential for learners an effective classroom activity allows creativity. This allows you to learn without pressure. Digital learning promotes creativity this allows you to express yourself. You become a part of your class during discussions and debates; this contribution gives you satisfaction and a sense of belonging. Creativity increases your competitive edge in the job market. Some employees prefer individuals with specific skills.

Availability of Resources

One of the benefits of digital education is that you can access learning material and other resources at any time. This allows you to study when you are free or when you need to revise on weekends or after hours. You can access learning materials at your convenience. Unlike traditional learning, where you rely on limited textbooks and information, digital education allows you to get learning materials whenever you want no matter your location. You can also research and share information with other students through discussion forums. This mode of learning develops an ecosystem of which promotes collaboration and better learning outcomes.

The new digital school launched by Sheikh Muhammed will provide education to 1 million refugee students. The school will provide high-quality education; the advisory board includes experts from leading international universities. Digital education is the future; that’s why we need to embrace and familiarize ourselves with it.