Last updated: 16.10.12

UAE parents complete e-Citizen online training course

Parents from the Emirate of Abu Dhabi in the UAE have successfully completed the first e-Citizen online education course launched by the Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC).

As part of a collaboration with the Abu Dhabi Systems and Information Centre (ADSIC), the ADEC ran a three-week classroom-based training workshop between September 23rd and October 11th across schools in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and the Western Region, reports.

Approximately 300 parents of children at the schools enrolled in the course, which provided them with computing skills and a wider knowledge of the internet.

Dr Najla'a Al Rawai Al Naqbi, project manager at ADEC's strategic planning office, commented that attendees were eager to learn more about computer applications and the use of the latest technology.

He added that the e-Citizen programme allows parents to "take advantage of e-services, familiarising them with eSIS, which enables them to communicate with schools on matters pertaining to a student's academic performance, achievement and behaviour".

Similar training sessions are due to take place from November 4th to the 22nd and registration is now open for those who are interested.

The course was praised by one parent Maryam Al Rumaithi from Abu Dhabi, who thanked all the associates of the workshop.

"Now, I'm able to use the computer, browse the internet and follow up on my son's academic performance easily from the convenience of my home," she was quoted as saying.

Another parent, Hanan Al Junabi, agreed her knowledge of e-skills had been developed and she can now successfully accomplish daily tasks online and manage emails.

According to Ma'atouq Al Shami from the Al Ain Training Centre, the course assists in illuminating digital literacy and informs parents of the safe uses of computers and the internet.

Online learning has become more widespread across the UAE, with the Bee'ah School of Environment announcing last week plans to extend digital education services to more schools in the country.