A portal has been launched to connect technology and organisations with teachers, parents and students who are teaching and learning from home.
Imran Mojib, Special Correspondent
Parents, students and teachers in Dubai are to benefit from a new online platform featuring education products and services during the period of distance learning.
The portal has been launched to connect technology and wellbeing-based organisations with teachers, parents and students who are teaching and learning from home. It will feature apps, websites and support that will be offered free of charge during the distance learning period.
The portal can be accessed at https://inthistogetherdubai.khda.gov.ae/
KHDA Director General Dr Abdulla Al Karam said, “Many people in our community have been coming to us to offer or ask for help during this time. This portal is one way of connecting those who have useful products and services with those who need it.
“In the last few days and weeks, it has become clear that for our community, the term distance learning applies to physical distance only. Socially and emotionally, we are more connected to each other than ever before. Teachers and parents are working together more closely. Parents are working more closely with their children, and are gaining a deeper understanding of how their children learn. We’re all in this together. Distance brings us closer.”
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More than 150 teachers across Dubai have met online to learn more about best practices in distance learning. Part of the ‘What Works’ series of collaboration events for teachers, the ‘What Worksx’ webinar included insights and tips on how teachers and students can balance their workloads while learning and teaching from home.
Student enrolment in Dubai’s private schools has increased by 7,300 students in the last three months, a rise of 2.6%, according to updated data released by the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) in its latest report titled ‘All Seasons Education – Spring Edition 2021’.
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