Tech Avant-Garde (TAG), Microsoft’s Global Training Partner and ISV, to help Gulf schools to create digital classrooms for students

Tech Avant-Garde to create Connected Learning Communities in the Gulf with Digital Transformation and Holistic Learning Program

INDIA/UAE

Tech-Avant-Garde (TAG), the fast-growing Indian Ed-Tech seeks to expand in the GCC region through the appointment of strategic GCC partners. It will leverage its proprietary tools and techniques to create Connected Learning Communities (CLC) as per the principles of UNESCO.

Tech-Avant-Garde (TAG), Microsoft’s Global Training Partner and ISV would help schools in the Gulf to create digital classrooms by training teachers in digital transformation and holistic learning.

The total number of students in the GCC education sector is projected to reach 15 million in 2020, from an estimated 12.6 million in 2015 (Source: Alpine Capital report).

In India, TAG created a world record when the largest congregation of teachers (5,000) took the first-of-its-kind test and 3,950 of them became Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) certified digital classroom teachers in a single day (27th September 2020)! Till 30th November, TAG trained 150,000 teachers from 72,000 schools with a student-teacher-parent population of 76 million. In February 2021, TAG started Season 2 with an intent to train 200,000 teachers from 40,000 schools.

Ali Sait, founder Tech-Avant-Garde

Ali Sait, the founder of Tech-Avant-Garde, said that the GCC countries are taking several proactive steps in digitizing education such as higher budget allocation towards Education

Ali Sait, the founder of Tech-Avant-Garde, said that the GCC countries are taking several proactive steps in digitizing education such as higher budget allocation towards Education; and this has encouraged Ed-Tech players such as Tech-Avant-Garde (TAG) to tap the immense potential in the Middle East market. “We feel that our easy-to-use, user-friendly, and cost-effective educational ecosystem would help the digitalization of the schools, universities, and other educational establishments. This Microsoft-powered methodology has been tried and tested across the world.”

The GCC countries’ leaderships have always prioritized their budget spending by investing in education. Last year, in 2020, the UAE government allocated $2.83 billion towards the public, higher education, and university programs. Saudi Arabia allocated $51.38 billion for the education sector in 2020, amounting to 18.9 percent of the annual budgeted expenditure, reports Gulf Business. Qatar allocated QR 22.1 billion for the education sector in its annual budget, representing 10.5 percent of total expenditure. The Kingdom of Bahrain said in a statement that “The ministry will now work towards the digitalization of books and educational materials, turning the education sector cyber, developing curricula at the Bahrain Teachers College and giving current teachers advanced training.”

The State Audit Bureau of Kuwait recorded that the Ministry of Education used over 64 million Kuwaiti Dinar to introduce e-learning as part of the education system, Al-Rai reported. The Ministry spent a large portion of its budget on e-learning, only 5 percent of the 426,000 students and teachers within the public education system used the e-portal.

In Oman, social spending covering education, healthcare, housing, and social welfare continues to increase and totals 40 percent of public spending in 2020. The Sultanate of Oman allotted 40% in health, education, housing, and social security. The Royal Court of Oman has conducted a 5-week Digital Fluency online learning program to upskill up to 10,000 of its employees.

Eddna Samuel, founder Motif India, the strategic partner of Tech-Avant-Garde jointly hosted
Knowledge L’avenir Conclave (KLC) webinars for 25+ mn school teachers from 1.8 mn Indian schools.

Eddna Samuel, said that “To start the process of Digital Transformation in education especially during COVID time, TAG devised a very comprehensive program to transform the brick-n-mortar school to a Connected Digital Learning Community (CLC). This program called the Digital Transformation and Holistic Learning (DTHL) Program is ideal for schools, teachers, students and the entire ecosystem in the Gulf.”

Eddna Samuel, founder Motif India

Eddna Samuel, said that “To start the process of Digital Transformation in education especially during COVID time, TAG devised a very comprehensive program to transform the brick-n-mortar school to a Connected Digital Learning Community (CLC). This program called the Digital Transformation and Holistic Learning (DTHL) Program is ideal for schools, teachers, students and the entire ecosystem in the Gulf.”

Both Sait and Samuel concluded that they would like to connect with the various stakeholders of the education sector of the GCC Region, as their educational technology would offer cost-effective solutions to the education sector.

Under the DTHL program administrators, Teachers, Parents, and Students are trained on how to use technology in the digital teaching-learning process. Teachers are trained and certified as MIE (Microsoft Innovative Educator) and MIE Trainers.

Schools that enrolled for the DTHL program were graduated as a digital school in the Carte Blanche Graduation ceremonies. Every stakeholder of the school viz., Administrator, Principal, Educator, Student, and Parent got certificates for ‘Going Digital’.

Knowledge L’avenir Conclaves, MIE certificates, MIE Trainer training and certificates, Carte Blanche Graduation ceremonies, and stakeholder certification came at a huge cost. The cost was borne by philanthropists and corporates CSR. The organizations that helped and funded the Digital Transformation in education were Microsoft, Lycee Corp, Efeeonline, Ararat, Knowledge Key Foundation, Odin, Roshini Social Schooling, Azvasa, ICICI Bank, Tech Avant-Garde to name a few.

TAG has set a new benchmark for Digital School – Carte Blanche Graduation. The Management of such schools will be awarded Transformist Certification; Principal will be awarded Change Maker Certification; DTHL Coordinators will be awarded Digital Catalyst Certification; Teacher with digital skills will be presented with Empowered Educator Certification; Students will be presented with Connected Learner Certification; The parent will be presented with Participative Parent Certification; School will be eligible to become Microsoft Showcase School; Teachers who have given presentations in KLC will be trained to become MIE Trainers; School will get special offers on Digital Fee Collection subscription from BBPS (Bharat Bill Pay System) on Efeeonline.

The learning ecosystem involves many parties: students, teachers, parents, administrators, government agencies, and the community at large. Digital Transformation in education forms the confines of today’s brick and mortar schools; into a Connected Learning Community. The Connected Learning Community is a vision for lifelong learning. Connected learning today and in the future gives rise to a next-generation learning ecosystem powered by technology solutions that support highly accessible, engaging, and personalized learning for the “Knowledge Age”.

Strategic partnership opportunities are available, the details can be viewed on the website or you can email eddna.samuel@t-a-g.in

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