Etisalat brings video-conferencing to schools

Etisalat conducted its first video conferencing session for schools in the Emirates yesterday as part of its efforts to promote distance learning.

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By  Vijaya Cherian Published  March 2, 2003

Etisalat conducted its first video conferencing session for two schools in the Emirates yesterday as part of its efforts to promote distance learning. Two public elementary schools in Khorfakkan and Dubai were the beneficiaries of the pilot project. Etisalat provided ATM lines, high-speed 2Mb bandwidth and relevant video conferencing tools for the purpose.

“Video conferencing is an important tool in distance education,” commented Eid Obeid Khalfan, general manager, East Coast Region, Etisalat. “Today, Etisalat is delighted to apply distance learning concept in reality. The fact that the Ministry of Education requested our support in this project demonstrates their commitment to help the education sector adopt the latest telecommunication technologies.”

Senior officials from Etisalat and the Ministry of Education as well as students and staff of the two schools witnessed the two-hour broadcast between Khorfakkan Educational Centre and Al Mazhar elementary school, Dubai. 10 students from each school participated in a themed play with cartoon characters designed to teach the basic elements of physics.

“Before today, the Ministry of Education stood alone in the huge mission of educating the new generations, but now we have the support of a lot of local companies, especially Etisalat,” commented Khawla Al Mualla, assistant undersecretary for the Ministry of Education. “Today’s contribution in this two-way conference is another example of Etisalat’s awareness of the importance of upgrading the educational progress”.

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