Sohar Aluminium and the Directorate General of Education in Buraimi governorate last week signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to support technological education in the governorate’s schools.
The MoU was signed during a ceremony that was held under the patronage of Sayyid Dr Hamad bin Ahmed bin Saud al Busaidi, the governor of Buraimi, in the presence of Sheikh Saleh bin Dhiab al Rubaie, the wali of Buraimi, and Ahmed bin Faris al Azzani, member of the Shura Council and representative of the wilayat of Buraimi, as well as representatives of Sohar Aluminium and Buraimi Directorate General of Education.
As per the agreement, Sohar Aluminium will fund the purchase of smart educational electronic equipment and devices for the governorate’s schools.
This collaboration aims to enhance and enrich the educational environment, contribute to building the technological capabilities of the teaching staff and students, upgrade their competencies and skills in this field, as well as encourage and stimulate the use of new educational technologies in schools.
The agreement was signed by Ahmed bin Mohammad bin Nasser al Kharusi, general manager of Human Resources and Corporate Affairs at Sohar Aluminium, and Dr Fathia bint Khalfan al Saddiah, director general of Education in Buraimi governorate.
Kharusi said, “This agreement comes as we seek to implement the directives of His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tarik to dedicate this year as the year of blended learning. Sohar Aluminium is proud of its contribution to translating the vision and development plans in the sultanate into reality. We hope that this step will have a clear and direct impact and contribute to achieving the objectives of the education sector, which is one of the most important aspects and enablers of Oman Vision 2040.
Dr Fathia highlighted the importance of the agreement for the educational sector in the governorate through the implementation of technical educational projects that keep pace with the rapid development witnessed by the world.
She stated that it will be a new addition to the governorate’s schools and will meet their needs in a way that contributes to the benefit of the teacher as the main factor in the educational process, as well as the learner (the focus of the educational process).
Both can directly benefit from these technologies which will have a positive impact in raising the level of achievement, as well as developing their skills through the usage of technology in the school environment.
They will also enhance the technical capabilities and skills of the teacher and provide a source of novelty and excitement for the learning process.
Dr Fathia expressed thanks and appreciation to Sohar Aluminium for its support and funding of these digital educational projects.
The agreement is expected to cover all schools in the governorate, namely in the wilayats of Buraimi, Mahdah and Sininah (30 schools). It includes the purchase of interactive boards and tables, 3D printers, smart screens, overhead projectors and learning disability tools. It is hoped that these devices will benefit more than 14,500 students in the governorate.