Khaleej Times: Pricey STEM Education not good enough

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Science and technology education in UAE schools does not “truly prepare” students for the future, a group of parents and pupils lamented at a forum on Saturday.

Gathering at the first town hall meeting for parents, students and education stakeholders in Al Barsha, the group said the quality of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics education in schools are not worth the “exorbitant rates” charged. They said these subjects are also not easily accessible to students across different age groups.

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Slogan: When Robots Take Over

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According to Omar Faooqui, everything today is outdated and the world needs to come out of this. The purpose behind his company Coded Minds is to change the education system since 90% of the subjects children are taught in schools are useless. Everything is about memorizing and taking exams.

To him culture is important but not from the schooling perspective. In his view, kids need not memorize everything. He says history is very important but it should be a part of free knowledge. Kids don’t need to be tested for it and they should enjoy going to school.

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International The News: Saudi Entrepreneur on a Mission to Teach Programming to Pakistani Students

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A Saudi educator and entrepreneur, Omar Farooqui, has embarked on training Pakistan’s young students to code a range of computer languages so that they are fully equipped to play an active role in the present-day world characterised by rapidly growing technology applications.

Farooqui is the founder of Coded Minds, a Dubai based firm that offers various courses to students. Speaking to The News, he said Pakistan has a massive potential in the fields of artificial intelligence and coding languages. He added that the existence of as many as 60 million children in the country makes his mission challenging as well as rewarding.

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The National: UAE Schools Need to Offer the “Language of the Future” in Regular Lesson

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Schools across the UAE must teach coding as part of regular lesson plans if the country is to compete internationally, experts have said.

Teachers warned that focusing on the subject as merely an extra-curricular activity risked ignoring how significant the specialty had become.

Speaking earlier last week, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, described modern coding as “the language of the future”.

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Khaleej Times: He Teaches UAE Kids to Make Games Rather Than Play Them

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Dubai resident Omar Farooqui, a Saudi national, was an investment banker two years ago, but his son inspired him to start something of a movement here in Dubai. He founded what he calls the Uber or Careem of education and named his alternative education company Coded Minds, wherein he and his team of 20-25 young teachers partner with schools and provide them with coding courses on their premises.

Since the time his son started schooling in the US, Omar said he noticed a marked difference in his computer skills. “My son turned into a computer whiz and a very smart hacker. And I noticed a lot of flourishing coding academies in the US, which made me realize that it was important to develop these skills in our students, because 20 years from now, if our graduates do not have these hands-on computer skills, then they might not be part of the job force.

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Arab News: Dubai Ruler Launches Free Arabic e-Learning Platform

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DUBAI: The Dubai government has launched a free e-learning education platform to cater for more than 50 million Arabic speaking students across the region and beyond.

It aims to be the largest free e-learning platform in the Arab world, offering 5,000 world-class Arabic educational videos on subjects including science and mathematics and targeting all levels of school students from kindergarten to grade 12.

The project provides unique educational materials in Arabic, available online at no charge to more than 50 million Arab students around the world and is the culmination of the Translation Challenge, an effort to bring volunteers together to translate 11 million words of educational content into Arabic.

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