To equip students with technology, the Dubai group introduces coding and robotics in the classroom

Students demonstrate their robotics skills in a classroom in Dubai.

Sajjad Ahmad, Assistant Business Editor

To prepare the next generation of students for the new digital era, educational institutions around the world are offering new courses to hone their skills for the changing job market.

The UAE government is taking many initiatives focusing on early education to develop advanced skills suitable for the 4th industrial revolution

To support the UAE’s digital transformation momentum, LEAMS Education, a futuristic education management company, has launched a groundbreaking initiative by bringing coding and robotics into classrooms and labs.

This move was intended to prepare students for the future and help them acquire the skills necessary to excel in the new era dominated by the 4th Industrial Revolution (IR4.0).

The initiative is in line with the UAE Government’s Centenary Vision 2071 to make the country future-proof and future-proof so that its next generation can lead the world through technology and intelligence. innovation.

Coding and robotics will create a new class of highly employable students who will be in an advantageous position to land the best jobs upon graduation. Many of them will also become job creators by launching technology start-ups.

LEAMS-EDUCATION Senior officials from LEAMS Education at the press conference in Dubai.

In line with the new initiative, students receive early lessons and hands-on training in coding, robotics, design, machine learning, and 3D printing that will help them be ready for big data analytics, cloud computing, artificial intelligence, Internet of Things and digital disruptions that are part of the 4th industrial revolution.

LEAMS Education, which runs Apple International School, Oxford School, The Indian Academy and Apple International Community School, has already been testing the pilot project over the past few months. Today, its management announces the large-scale launch of the program in all its institutions starting with the new academic session starting in August/September this year.

“As a forward-looking education management group, we want to prepare our students for the future so they don’t have to struggle later in life learning new essential skills for 4th grade. industrial revolution that transforms the global economy into a digital economy and be masters of their own destiny,” said Nabil Lahir, Managing Director of LEAMS Education Group, during a press conference announcing the new initiative.

The announcement comes at a time when the global robotics market is growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 17.45%, growing from $27.73 billion in 2020 to $74.1 billion by 2026, according to Mordor Intelligence.

“The world is rapidly moving towards digitalization and if we don’t change, we will become obsolete in the new world order that is emerging through the disruptions,” says Nabil Lahir. “Most jobs are moving into the digital space and those that don’t change with the times are losing out. So if we don’t prepare students for technology, coding and robotics, they will fall behind and c is dangerous for their future.

The government of the United Arab Emirates recently announced the restructuring of the country’s education system by creating the Federal Authority for Early Childhood Education as part of a comprehensive plan for child development from birth to fourth grade that will help to prepare young students to develop crucial skills for the new digital. economics – some of which have already been adopted by LEAMS Education in its schools.

“We are inspired by the visionary leadership of the UAE which constantly inspires us to do more, to be more creative and innovative. Our new initiative is in line with the UAE government’s vision for the future,” said Nabil Lahir. “If we want to make the UAE future-proof, we need to develop future-ready human talent. LEAMS Education constantly strives to create future leaders who will lead the future.

“Our initiative will make a big difference and help bring about meaningful changes in the lives of these young students who will acquire all the necessary skills and succeed in landing the best paying jobs.

Early coding, or precoding, provides children with experiences that incorporate communication, thinking, and problem solving. Children can be immersed in cross-functional activities that align with multiple domains, such as math, problem solving, communication, and literacy.

According to global audit firm PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC), artificial intelligence will add more than $277.1 billion to GCC countries’ GDP in 2030. In absolute terms, Saudi Arabia will see the greatest gains from the ‘AI, adding an estimated $135.2 billion to its economy in 2030. In relative terms, the UAE will see the largest impact, with AI contributing 13.6% – or $96 billion – to GDP in 2030.

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