du supports remote learning for schools and universities in the UAE

Published: 17 March 2020 - 12:20 p.m.

UAE based telco, du, will collaborate with the Ministry of Education to support UAE educational institutions, following the closure of all schools and universities across the country.

In support of remote learning and online educational platforms for students and faculty members, du is enabling all postpaid and prepaid customers to access their school websites and homework throughout the entire duration of the closed period without incurring any additional charges on their data.

du will also be providing access to selected VOIP applications: Blackboard Collaborate, Zoom, Google Hangout Meet, and Microsoft Teams. This in addition to Skype for Business will be available for all fixed-line users.

His Excellency Hussein Al Hammadi, UAE Minister of Education, said: “The launch of the remote learning initiative is extremely important is it enables seamless continuity of the country’s education curriculum and enhances the concept of lifelong learning. Moreover, it supports the nation’s endeavors to implement precautionary health measures in light of current conditions and ensures our students and teachers can carry out their tasks and responsibilities in a safe environment.”

His Excellency continued: “The Ministry of Education commends du for its proactive approach to supporting this initiative, which comes in the midst of institutional solidarity and community cooperation demonstrated throughout the public and private sectors. du’s commitment to provide the Ministry with logistical support will ensure smooth functioning of remote learning processes without any obstacles. Furthermore, it reflects the willingness of UAE institutions to contribute towards widespread efforts to maintain societal health, safety, and care.”

Speaking about du’s network capabilities during the coming four weeks, du CEO Johan Dennelind said that his company would be “continuously striving to elevate our network across our entire scope of operations. Providing customers with the best experiences is among our top priorities.”

“As a leading national organisation, it is our responsibility to utilise our resources and capabilities that will enable us to support the Ministry of Education as well as all schools and universities in the UAE. du is committed to helping everyone during this difficult time and the new initiative we have deployed will contribute towards guaranteeing remote learning is not hindered due to lack of connectivity and increased costs. Ease of access to information and better learning techniques are among the most prominent benefits of technology that are now relied upon in classrooms, lectures and seminars on a daily basis. Through du’s pledge to ensure our customers remain connected with no additional data charges, they will be able to take full advantage of their respective learning platforms and continue their development within the confines of their own homes,” he added.

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