Bahrain to broadcast classes on state TV channel amid schools closure

Published: 26 March 2020 - 2:37 p.m.
By: Nikhil Pereira
Bahrain will broadcast eight hours of lessons to students in the country through the channel’s national television channel to meet the demands of children sent home as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, according to Bahraini officials.

The move follows a meeting of Bahrain’s cabinet committee, in which members discussed ways to ensure continuity in education amid the pandemic.

As per a joint memorandum submitted by Minister of Education Dr. Majid Ali Al-Nuiami and Minister of Information Affairs, classes will be broadcast on Bahrain TV’s second sports channel for an eight-hour period each day.

Each lesson will follow the national curriculum and will be presented by teachers and specialists.

Classes will also be uploaded to YouTube, as well as the kingdom’s existing e-learning portal, which was created by the kingdom’s Information and eGovernment Authority in partnership with Amazon Web Services (AWS).

The porta is currently being used by 146,498 students and 15,681 teachers, according to officials. It includes 372 e-books, 1,030 educational ‘units’ and 6,582 lessons.

Data from the Ministry of Education shows that 75,715 parents have accessed the portal to follow up on school activities.

Bahrain, which is home to the first AWS data region in the Gulf, on Monday reported the Gulf region's first coronavirus-related death.

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