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12,000 sign up for Translation Challenge

Quick response from 29 countries; Egypt records highest number of volunteers; Nakheel signs up as sponsor

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Shaikh Mohammad looks on as Mohammad Bin Abdullah Al Gergawi and Ali Rashid Lootah sign the agreement on sponsorship of the Mohammad Bin Rashid Arabic e-learning Project on Thursday.
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Dubai: More than 12,000 volunteers from 29 countries have responded to the Mohammad Bin Rashid Arabic eLearning Project within two days of its launch. 

Some 44 per cent of the total number of volunteers are women. 

Egypt recorded the highest level of participation in the Arab world with 20 per cent, followed by the UAE and Saudi Arabia with 13.2 per cent each. 

Algeria came in the fourth place with 11.7 per cent and Morocco came fifth with 7.6 per cent of the total number of participants. 

Some 43.6 per cent of all participants hold bachelor degrees.

Early this week, His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, launched the project by introducing “The Translation Challenge”.

It aims to translate more than 5,000 educational videos and 11 million words within one year. 

Nakheel Properties on Thursday announced its complete sponsorship of the Mohammad Bin Rashid Arabic e-learning Project throughout all stages.


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The new eLearning project will provide free online educational material to more than 50 million students in the Arab world between Kindergarten and Grade 12 by the end of 2018. 

Embracing humanitarian, cultural and cognitive issues by UAE's top institutions does give such issues spirt, meaning and value, said Shaikh Mohammad.

Shaikh Mohammad made these remarks on Thursday during a ceremony organised by Nakheel Properties to announce its sponsorship of the Mohammad Bin Rashid Arabic e-learning Project throughout all stages.

“I am very proud of the challenge volunteers and Nakheel, which has adopted the whole project. The UAE’s national institutions and our humanitarian initiatives go hand in hand towards serving education and knowledge in our Arab world,” Shaikh Mohammad tweeted.

“Nakheel Properties is a leading national company and the end goal of the national, humanitarian and social responsibility is to bring about a new change in societies.

"The agreement signed with Nakheel lays solid foundations for partnerships between leading national institutions and major national initiatives,” said Mohammad Bin Abdullah Al Gergawi, Minister of Cabinet Affairs and the Future and secretary-general of Mohammad Bin Rashid Global Initiative.

50 million students

He added that Nakheel’s endeavours to make a real difference in the lives of 50 million students is the highest and noblest value, which reflects the company’s culture, philosophy and leadership awareness.

Nakheel chairman Ali Rashid Lootah said, “We strongly believe in Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid’s vision to disseminate knowledge in the Arab world and we adopt, sponsor and commit to this noble value and civilised issue.

“Shaikh Mohammad holds a real civilised vision to the region and all institutions have to play their role and unify for the sake of this vision and establishing prestigious position of the UAE worldwide.”

Life-long learning

Lootah added, “Nakheel does believe in long-life learning and the project has moved us and stimulated a development need in the region.

“We have assumed great responsibility to contribute to various sectors and support all segments of the community. We will work to achieve the objective of the Mohammad Bin Rashid E-learning Project, which has been developed based on education reality in the Arab world.”

 

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