Ma’arif for Education’s online sessions a hit with students

Dr. Mohamed Al-Arfaj, chief executive officer of Ma’arif for Education and Training.
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Updated 31 March 2020

Ma’arif for Education’s online sessions a hit with students

Ma’arif for Education and Training, one of the largest private school owners and operators in Saudi Arabia, has taken learning to the next level with the implementation of its online platforms for students of Manarat, Faisaliah, Green Hills and Noor Al-Islam schools, enabling them to learn anywhere, any time.
Over three days of e-learning sessions, implemented in response to precautionary measures put in place to counter the spread of the COVID-19 virus, Ma’arif’s e-learning platforms recorded the participation of nearly 15,000 students, attending 8,560 live sessions that were conducted online during school hours.
The e-learning platforms have been developed through a collaboration between education staff and IT teams at the individual schools. The initiative features live sessions, video lessons, interactive activities, quizzes and assignments, delivered via a safe and age-appropriate online platform.
More than half of the students engaged in e-learning through iPhones and iPads, while nearly a quarter did so via desktop computers and Android phones and tablets.
The online interactions led to nearly 327,000 channel messages and more than 196,000 chat messages. In addition, there were more than 1 million audio streams during the live sessions and chats, which involved teachers, students, parents and supervisors.
The e-learning platforms recorded 86,427 visits at all hours of the day. Teachers were also actively involved in helping students with their understanding of lessons, responding to 7,335 requests for extra support.
Dr. Mohamed Al-Arfaj, chief executive of Ma’arif for Education and Training, said: “With more than 48 years of experience in education and training, Ma’arif has been a trend-setter in introducing pioneering models of education. Our investment in information technology training and our focus on centers for developing life skills has been key to meeting the educational needs of students. The COVID-19 situation that led to schools being closed called for a bold, new and innovative approach to education, reflecting the aspirations of our community.”
He continued: “Thanks to the contribution and efforts of our teachers and staff, our e-learning platform has received an overwhelming response from all our stakeholders and not only ensures continuity of education but also prepares students to overcome challenges and continue to focus on their studies.”


Al-Dabbagh Group Ranked sixth on Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s Great Place to Work List

Updated 04 June 2020

Al-Dabbagh Group Ranked sixth on Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s Great Place to Work List

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia: Al-Dabbagh Holding Group, founded in 1962, has been ranked sixth in the Saudi Arabian private sector's best working environments for the year 2020. The ranking is compiled by Great Place to Work, a leading global organization that evaluates work environments across more than 60 countries.
This achievement comes in recognition of Al-Dabbagh Group's efforts toward creating and fostering a positive working environment for all. Employees participated in a questionnaire on work-place satisfaction, and the company policies were also subject to an external review, both of which contributed to the resulting ranking.
Al-Dabbagh Group’s Head of Human Resources, Hayfa Abu-Zabibah has said that "this achievement is the result of the Group's unique culture, derived from the philosophy of Omnipreneurship, which embraces comprehensive leadership and is made up of three principles (Giving, Earning and Sustaining) five values (integrity, passion, respect, forward-thinking, teamwork) and ten golden rules. The principles, values and golden rules provide the framework that govern the Group’s ecosystem and culture.”
Hayfa added that receiving this award will only increase the Group’s motivation to further promote this ecosystem and continue efforts toward becoming a better place to work.