UAE taps TechKnowledge for digital reading

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Updated 01 April 2020

UAE taps TechKnowledge for digital reading

UPP, a strategic service provider to the UAE’s Ministry of Education, has appointed e-learning solutions provider TechKnowledge to provide a digital Arabic reading solution for all K-7 native and non-native Arabic-speaking students across all public and private schools in the emirates.
This strategic partnership provides unrestricted access to the award-winning digital Arabic reading solution “Nahla wa Nahil” to all K-7 students across the UAE.
“Our decision to provide nationwide access to ‘Nahla wa Nahil’ is an outcome of the rapid digital transformation that the education sector is undergoing. It is our objective to better prepare students for the 4th industrial revolution. With this strategic partnership, we are looking to embark upon the next generation of learning to help our students unleash their full potential and achieve greater excellence in Arabic literacy,” said Dr. Hamad Alyahyaei, assistant undersecretary for curriculum and assessment sector at the Ministry of Education, UAE.
“It is absolutely critical that our children rediscover the love of the Arabic language. Language is the foundation of culture and heritage and the Arabic language has been at risk of erosion,” said Rany Al-Baghdadi, president of TechKnowledge.
“Nahla wa Nahil” will be integrated into the ministry’s learning management system for all public schools. Private schools will gain access directly through the “Nahla wa Nahil” web interface.


Bupa Arabia supports the underprivileged & orphans

Updated 26 May 2020

Bupa Arabia supports the underprivileged & orphans

Bupa Arabia for Cooperative Insurance has partnered with the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development to distribute 3,000 food baskets among underprivileged families, which are registered with the ministry’s Social Welfare and Family Welfare Agency. The initiative comes in line with the spirit of Ramadan, a month of giving, and in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

This year, orphans who are covered under Bupa Arabia’s free health insurance program will help in preparing and distributing the baskets to inculcate a sense of giving among them.

Dr. Abdullah Al-Wahaibi, undersecretary at the Social Welfare and Family Welfare Agency, hailed Bupa Arabia’s move to involve orphans in preparing and distributing baskets under the supervision of the agency, saying: “This is a caring gesture from Bupa Arabia, and it promotes a sense of belonging among orphans while cultivating the principles of giving, communication and closeness between them and society.”

He added that the initiative supports what the company has been offering orphans for years. More than 2,600 orphans, living in more than 47 homes across the Kingdom, benefit from Bupa Arabia’s free health insurance program. The program includes divorced orphans and widows who live with their children in social care homes.

Loay Hisham Nazer, chairman of Bupa Arabia, said: “The orphans will be joining hands to assemble and distribute baskets to the families in an attempt to get a sense of the pride of giving during the holy month. We’ve also extended this to our employees, who collectively prepared 411 food baskets. We hope that we make a real and positive impact through this initiative.”

Bupa Arabia was the first company to offer free health insurance for residents of “Dar Al-Rafeef” in 2011. Three years later, in 2014, the program expanded to cover all orphans residing in shelters supervised by the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development.

“We believe that in order to play a proactive role in society, we need to provide more than just health insurance; we should aim to become the health care partner for every orphan in Saudi Arabia. Therefore, we would like them to know that we are always by their side,” Nazer said, adding that the orphans receive special treatment and the same services that are given to some VIP clients.

The free health insurance program offers a range of quality services, including a designated hotline to receive calls and provide immediate assistance. Bupa Arabia also developed an integrated program that enables doctors to visit beneficiaries periodically for checkups, and regularly organizes health education workshops to raise awareness. The program is approved by the Cooperative Health Insurance Council and covers all treatments, including plastic surgery, dermatology, and even cases that are not covered by regular health insurance.