The Ministry of Education (MoE) and Omantel have signed an agreement to develop a curriculum for information technology and programming for students of Grades 1 to 4 at a cost of RO500,000. The agreement was signed on Wednesday at the ministry’s headoffice.
It was signed by H E Dr Madiha bint Ahmed al Shaibaniyah, Minister of Education, and Talal bin Saeed al Mamari, CEO of Omantel.
The agreement aims to develop an educational curriculum to provide students with the skills of the future and the Fourth Industrial Revolution and in line with Oman Vision 2040 to create a knowledge-based economy. The curriculum will be applied to students of Grades 1 to 4 in public schools, single-language private schools, Diwan schools, Royal Omani Orchestra and Royal Oman Police schools for a period of three academic years starting with 2021/2022.
On the occasion, H E Madiha said, “The process of developing national competencies and capabilities is one of the main pillars of Oman Vision 2040. Given the rapid technical developments and changes in many future jobs and the skills needed for them, the Ministry of Education must rely on international standards that are forward-looking.”
She added that the application of global standards in information technology curriculum in schools in the sultanate comes within the priorities of the ministry. “Information technology and programming curricula are important in the life of students and society. It is a distinct platform to provide students with future-ready skills and to develop creativity and innovation, and the skills of investigation, analysis, critical thinking and finding solutions.”
Mamari said, “This agreement comes within Omantel’s social responsibility programmes, of which education is one of the pillars. Our social responsibility recognises the need to invest in young people, enhance their skills in the field of information technology and programming, and meet the aspirations of Oman Vision 2040 and the needs of digital transformation in the sultanate.”
He added that Omantel will contribute to building a generation equipped with knowledge in the field of information technology and programming at an early stage.
“While we are keen to provide the latest technologies and services to the various categories of our subscribers, we are aware of the responsibility entrusted to us as the leading company in the telecommunications sector in the sultanate. We also seek to harness our capabilities to support digital transformation and support various national efforts and initiatives aimed at building a knowledge-based economy in the sultanate.”
Mamari expressed his gratitude for the partnership with the MoE through several initiatives aimed at supporting the efforts made to develop the education system in the sultanate. The implementation of the development of information technology curriculum for Grades 1 to 4 is the first stage of a wider development project. The project aims to build a generation of Omani learners and producers, who have the spirit of digital citizens.