Google launches Arabic online safety course for teachers

The digital citizenship course is found on the Google for Education website.
Updated 08 February 2018
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Google launches Arabic online safety course for teachers

On Safer Internet Day — February 6 — Google announced the launch of an online safety course in Arabic (g.co/DigitalCitizenshipCourseAR). The course is designed to help teachers and parents learn how to create a safe and positive experience online for students. By taking the course, teachers will learn how to integrate online safety learning and activities into their classroom curriculum. Google also published localized video tutorials on YouTube that will offer children online safety tips like how to protect their devices, how to strengthen their sign-ins and how to avoid scams.
The digital citizenship course, which is found on the Google for Education website, focuses on four areas:
l Safety on the go — importance of strong passwords, how locking the mobile device helps protect personal information, how to avoid potentially harmful downloads, understanding the difference between private and public WiFi networks, and how to use the latter safely.
l Safe browsing — how to distinguish between legitimate and dubious sources of information and how to incorporate best practices to critically evaluate online sources of information.
l Safety from phishing and scams — how to recognize potential scams that happen on the web and through email, learning how to avoid them, understanding what encryption is, and how to check if a web page is encrypted.
l Online reputation management — understanding why privacy matters, how to help students identify and report inappropriate behavior, and help them think about how to conduct themselves online, even in the face of difficult situations.
Joyce Baz, head of communications at Google in MENA, said: “As people do more online everyday, they need to be able to connect and explore the web with confidence and trust to get the most out of it. We want to build a safer web for everyone so that it remains a positive, safe place that inspires everyone to do and discover more. We take online safety and the safety of the Internet seriously with our products, tools, shared resources, as well as industry partnerships.”
According to a 2017 YouGov poll that surveyed 1000 millennials (ages 18-30) in the UAE, 56 percent of respondents said their parents or school teachers never spoke to them about the importance of strong passwords and online safety (54 percent in Saudi Arabia, 60 percent in Egypt).


ACCA and UBT CEC partner to hone finance skills

Updated 22 May 2018
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ACCA and UBT CEC partner to hone finance skills

The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and the Continuing Education Center (CEC) of the University of Business and Technology (UBT) in Jeddah are collaborating to develop the finance and accountancy skills of finance professionals, in line with the Saudi Vision 2030.
In recognition of the quality of learning provision and support provided for ACCA certification and diploma candidates, UBT was awarded the sole Registered Learning Partner (RLP) in Saudi Arabia. UBT Rector Prof. Osama Jannadi, along with UBT CEC Director General Amir Dhia received the award during the ACCA New Members Ceremony held in Jeddah on May 9.
Based on this association, UBT CEC will be providing training for the ACCA Certificate in International Financial Reporting Standards (Cert IFR), ACCA Diploma in International Financial Reporting Standards (Dip IFR), as well as the ACCA Certificate in International Auditing (Cert IA).
Dhia said: “This partnership is an important step toward qualifying current and future practitioners in accounting and finance.”
He added: “The bachelor and master degree students in the fields of accounting, finance, auditing and business management will be among the first to benefit from the ACCA internationally recognized and renowned certifications. These certifications will help the students to be in a better and competent position as they apply for and continue their jobs. To upgrade their performance and standards, companies and their employees will also be able to benefit from this training and certifications.”
Fazeela Gopalani, head of education for ACCA Middle East, who presented the award, said: “In Saudi Arabia, the government is making great strides in realizing Vision 2030 by further embracing economic reforms, including the introduction of VAT and other key reforms.
“With economic diversification, reform and further fiscal solidarity across the region, finance professionals will be pivotal to driving long term sustainable growth in Saudi Arabia.”