Sharjah's NAMA launches MOOC to support women's learning

Badiri E-Academy offering free online courses in business and professional development

Tags: Nama Women Advancement Establishment (www.namawomen.ae)United Arab Emirates
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Sharjah's NAMA launches MOOC to support women's learning Reem BinKaram, Director of NAMA at the launch of the platform.
By  Mark Sutton Published  September 28, 2018

Sharjah's NAMA Women Advancement Establishment (NAMA), has launched a new series of MOOCs which are aimed at empowering women and creating life-long learning.

The Badiri E-Academy learning platform, launched under NAMA's learning arm the Badiri Education and Development Academy, will provide professional education courses in Arabic and English, with a focus on supporting the professional development of women.

In its initial phase, the E-Academy will offer professional training courses in Business, Entrepreneurship, Culture, Theories, and Science in Arabic and English. This list will gradually expand to include additional courses and languages.

NAMA said that the courses have been selected to respond to the needs of women in the learning and professional development process. The courses are aimed at women, but are open to all.

In its initial phase, the E-Academy will offer professional training courses in Business, Entrepreneurship, Culture, Theories, and Science in Arabic and English. This list will gradually expand to include additional courses and languages.

The platform was launched in New York, and has been created in collaboration with Brazil-based company FazINOVA. Badiri E-Academy is built on the Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) model and offers free access to quality content, including professional courses and educational resources, through its website and mobile application.

The move reinforces the United Arab Emirates' dedication to supporting women and developing practical solutions to overcome the obstacles that hinder their access to knowledge and quality learning.

The content is contributed by international educational and training entities, and individuals worldwide, to meet the needs of women and men, university students, aspiring and established entrepreneurs, working professionals, job seekers, and all who seek to develop their professional and life skills.

Reem BinKaram, Director of NAMA stated at the launch: "Enabling fair, equal and unlimited access to quality scientific, cultural and educational resources has been a central focus of UAE's national and global development agenda."

She added: "Recent statistics indicate that over 54% of the world's population has access to the Internet, and this open source online learning platform has been built with the aim of enabling users to make the most of the quality programmes and courses it offers free of charge."

"This furthers our efforts to help men and women who encounter difficulties in gaining access to quality sources of knowledge and training, which are the building blocks of personal and professional development," BinKaram noted.

The Badiri E-Academy is being launched with a supporting campaign, under the theme of ‘#IWishILearned', created to emphasise the importance of life-long learning, and to highlight the skills or knowledge that if made available can help people advance in their personal and professional lives. People are encouraged to share their videos of what they wish they learned on social media using the #IWishILearned hashtag.

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