Home and online learning has come to the fore across the globe over the past few months, and for schools in the UAE this is no exception. In fact, schools in the country have been shut for much longer than many other countries – since 8th March. As nations look towards a vision of how to educate their respective children post-Coronavirus, the UAE government are no different, and have now laid out their provisional strategies.
The Ministry of Education has outlined that e-learning could continue as part of three scenarios devised by the ministry. In the first scenario in which the current pandemic has a continued effect on education, e-learning will remain to cover 100% of learning materials and smart education will be the focus of education across the entire country.
The second of these scenarios maps a transitional phase after the virus becomes less prevalent, and 30-50% of education will return to direct education in a school environment. The third of these plans provides a vision for when life may return to normality. This plan would include both direct and distance learning, but this will be done in proportion of 70% direct education and 30% e-learning, so that technological development and the transition to digital education can be maintained.
The emergence of online education has been a new phenomena, and has proven challenging for students and teachers alike to adjust. However, services are available to ensure that education is supplemented during these unprecedented times.
MyTutor – the UK’s leading online tutoring service – are able to help those studying British curriculums in particular. They offer personalised, peer-to-peer tutoring to help build pupils’ confidence – all in a virtual classroom. Their tutors are well-vetted and are highly knowledgeable in their chosen subject, and have the advantage of attending top UK universities themselves.
Bertie Hubbard – Co-founder and CEO of MyTutor– discusses how EdTech can help students working from home:
“Pupils working in isolation from home because of containment measures could face learning challenges at a critical period. Fortunately, online platforms can be accessed in a convenient and hygienic way across the globe. Online tutoring in particular can help alleviate the pressure felt by students and their families, as they can continue their schooling with one-to-one support all without leaving the house. Those who provide remote, on-demand services, such as MyTutor, can be relied on to support a large number of people as required.”