Student Honored for Contribution to Madrasa E-learning Platform
AlAnood Jumaan Mohamed Ahmed AlBreiki Volunteered to do Voiceovers for Videos on Math, Science, Chemistry and Biology
Not many would think to drive from Abu Dhabi to Dubai, thrice a week, for over a year, just to spend three hours in a recording booth, even if it is to contribute to a challenging and noble task. But AlAnood Jumaan Mohamed Ahmed AlBreiki, a Bachelors of Chemical Engineering student at Khalifa University, has proudly done that.
AlBreiki volunteered to do Arabic voiceovers for educational videos on Math, Science, Chemistry and Biology as part of the Madrasa project, the largest free e-learning platform in the Arab world, under the umbrella of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives (MBRGI). The project was launched recently by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai.
AlBreiki appears in a video that was posted by HH Sheikh Mohammed on his Twitter account. She was recently honored with a certificate of appreciation by HE Mohammed AlGergawi, Minister of Cabinet Affairs and the Future of the United Arab Emirates, and the Chairman of the Executive Office of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, in the Government of Dubai.
“The main reason I chose to be a part of this project was that when I was in high school, I couldn’t find educational videos on the internet in Arabic, especially in Biology and Math. This was a problem for students like me, who were studying in Arabic at school and wanted to use videos to help themselves study further at home. So when I heard about this project, I wanted to volunteer because I liked the idea and wanted to help the youth in the Middle East,” AlBreiki explained.
Though AlBreiki is a busy student, and is currently studying for Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering at Khalifa Univerity, she found the time and energy to make the 1.5-hour drive from Abu Dhabi to the Dubai Design District, and do her recordings for three hours, because she was energized by the knowledge of the impact the Madrasa project would have.
“All the hard work we did will now reach millions of students. It will also reduce the pressure on parents to get and pay huge amounts for private tutors for their children, because now their children can learn online for free through the new platform,” she explained.
The Madrasa e-learning platform offers 5,000 Arabic educational videos on subjects including science and mathematics and targets all levels of school students from kindergarten to Grade 12. The project provides educational materials in Arabic online at no charge to over 50 million Arab students around the world.
AlBreiki added: “It’s an honor to be part of educating a child who can contribute to the region’s future. I feel so delighted that I contributed to this portal.”
Madrasa is the culmination of hundreds of thousands of hours of hard work put in by translators, proofreaders, designers, technicians, and voice-over artists who volunteered for the Translation Challenge.
22 October 2018