Jordans Queen Rania Launches MOOCs for Children in Arab World

Rabat – Queen Rania of Jordan has presented Edraak K-12, her educational platform for children in the Arab world. She released it at a press conference Monday, September 17.Edraak K-12, which caters to school-aged children throughout the Arab World, is an expansion of, the leading Arabic Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) platform for adult learners. Through her new project, the wife of King Abdullah II aims to democratize modern teaching methods and offer children in the region alternatives in the Arabic language on her platform.“We started by launching math materials for grades six to twelve, but we are not stopping here because our students deserve much more than this,” she said.“Today, the internet is replete with e-learning resources that students around the world can utilize in conjunction with their core school curricula as means for revision, practice or learning support. Unfortunately, most of these resources are in English, and hence Jordanian and Arab students are likely to miss out,” she added. Queen Rania explained that the students will be able to learn a lot on the platform which is easy to access via phone or tablet. With MOOCs, children can watch lessons with school curricula and assess their knowledge through exercises. “I urge parents and teachers to introduce their children and students to the world of online learning and encourage them to capitalize on the K-12 platform. After all, it was built for them,” she explained. Several firms were present at the press conference, including Samsung, which donated 100 tablets to help promote the platform.