‘Success stories’ in Bahrain education system
TDT | Manama
The Daily Tribune – www.newsofbahrain.com
Amid concerns over the coronavirus (COVID-19) problem, Bahrain has taken advantage of the benefits of various online platforms to sustain progress in the education sector.
Credit also goes to educational technology specialists in public schools who have excelled in playing their pivotal role to ensure the sustainability of education in the Kingdom.
Through their efforts, particularly their technical know-how, they have effectively facilitated distance study for students, teachers and parents.
In this context, Professor Alawi Al Sayyid Baqer, an education technology specialist at Al Jabriya Industrial Secondary School for Boys, said that immediately after the outbreak of the COVID-19, he trained all teachers on various digital tools to raise professional competence in the field of digital empowerment and to educate students about the safe use of technology through various competitions and lectures.
He also held periodic meetings with parents and trained them on the virtual classes and the educational portal. Yasser Hassan Al Salam, an educational technology specialist at the National Charter Preparatory School for Boys, prepared a set of training workshops for distance learning for all learning communities.
He designed an electronic communication platform, publications and brochures, and prepared explanatory guides that facilitate the use of programmes and digital empowerment tools for the students and parents.
Al Salam also collaborated with competent authorities at the Education Ministry in the design of the information book. Professor Ruqayya Abdul Rahman Ahmed, an educational technology specialist at the Sukaina Bint Al Hussein Primary School for Girls, spoke about the school project, which aims to encourage female teachers to employ digital tools in various educational situations under the name “Sakina Techno Pioneers”. Prof. Ruqayya also implemented several training workshops for various digital empowerment projects for the educational and administrative authorities.
Part of precautionary measures
Remote learning is being implemented by the Ministry as part of the Kingdom’s precautionary measures to protect the health and safety of the students and the entire school community.
Dr Al Nuaimi stressed the Ministry’s keenness to implement the directives of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince and Prime Minister, on the need to hold classes virtually during the current exceptional circumstances to ensure the progress of the educational process and that all measures to limit the spread of the coronavirus are in place.
He highlighted the Ministry’s continuous efforts to provide education for all students, whether for those who choose blended learning, through in-person attendance and online learning, or for those who choose to study online through the e-content-rich educational portal, virtual lessons, televised lessons or lessons on the Ministry’s 14 YouTube channels.
The Ministry has also provided support through its educational platforms that feature hundreds of lessons, academic activities, tests, past exams and model answers.
It is also using television and radio channels and YouTube to present lessons to all students, including those with special needs. Hotlines have also been set up to ensure easy and open contact between all stakeholders.
During these exceptional learning conditions, efforts are being made to ensure the continuity of the learning process at classrooms, workshops and laboratories through various virtual platforms.