Promethean releases local solutions to tackle Arab education crisis
UN Arab Knowledge Report states that illiteracy is an obstacle in the development of the Arab world
New localised educational products specifically targeting the Middle East has been launched by Promethean, a global provider of learning technology solutions.
Headquartered in the United Kingdom, Promethean's technology is being used to teach more than 10 million children in over 90 countries worldwide. The firm has now introduced Arabic character recognition for their ActivClassroom for Everyone collaborative learning solution and launched the Arabic version of Promethean Planet, the company's online teaching community.
"We all want a better education for our own children. Now we need to prioritise this around the Arabic region for all children," said Majeed Sharaf, VP Middle East at Promethean, referring to the United Nations Development Program's Arab Knowledge Report 2009 that stated nearly 9 million children of elementary school age in the Arab states are not attending school.
According to the report, illiteracy is a big obstacle in the Arab world, where around a third of adults (60 million people) are unable to read or write.