In line with the government’s instructions and procedures to limit the spread of the emerging coronavirus (COVID-19) and the university’s responsibility to protect students, Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi announces its success in launching distance learning.
The Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge (ADEK) has been working closely with private schools and technology partners in the past two weeks in an effort to prepare Abu Dhabi schools for the kick-off of distance learning, starting Sunday. This follows the UAE Ministry of Education’s decision to temporarily suspend schools as a preventative measure in light of COVID-19.
Increasing screen-time due to distance learning may result in a significant rise in complaints of eye issues such as redness and tired eyes, especially among children and young adults. Thus, parents and students should adopt necessary measures to minimise the impact of what is known as ‘Computer Vision Syndrome’, cautioned a leading Ophthalmologist.
Dubai Crown Prince and Chairman of The Executive Council of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum said that innovative measures are required to ensure the seamless delivery of education amidst the current global situation.
During the recently concluded 2019-20 academic year’s period of Distance Learning, 173 private schools in the emirate of Abu Dhabi were evaluated over seven weeks by 21 Emirati and 18 international inspectors. The final evaluation results were overseen by 13 Quality Assurance officers.
The authorities have announced the extension of Distance Learning mode for another two weeks in all Sharjah private schools from Sept.13 to Sept.24 as a precautionary measure to control the spread of coronavirus.
Al-Hammadi said the UAE was well prepared to make the shift to distance learning platforms after the pandemic hit because in 2012 the country launched the Mohammed Bin Rashid Smart Learning Initiative