Edraak, means “realization” in Arabic, came into existence in May of 2014 through the Queen Rania Foundation for Education and Development offering Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) to the Arab region.
Edraak makes quality education in Arabic accessible to all internet users and promotes lifelong learning, whether for higher education or professional development. Edraak provides a platform for a diverse range of free online courses, offered by top universities and entities. They do this by harnessing regional and global Arab talent to leverage technology developed by the Harvard-MIT consortium, edX. The Edraak platform also serves the important purpose of presenting Arab youth with new regional role models.
Across the region there has been a realization of the need of a platform like Edraak that supports regional governmental efforts towards education reform. The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region is made up of over 100 million people under the age of 30, who are facing challenging times. Quality education is not easily accessible to everyone, but with Edraak the 80% of Arabic speakers who are only fluent in Arabic have access to top quality education with the click of a button.
Courses are open to all Arabic-speaking youth and adults in the region. Edraak works with the public sector, private sector and civil society partners to build its content and expand access to high-quality courses.
Regional courses made accessible: By working with the best Arab professors and professionals in the region, Edraak offers the best regional expertise and original Arabic content. Sample courses include a socio-political analysis of the economic underpinnings of the recent challenges in the Arab world, and an exploration of citizenship and human rights across the region, as well as skill-based courses. For its current list of courses Edraak has worked with local and regional entities such as the Princess Summaya University of Technology, , the American University of Beirut, the American University of Cairo and Bayt.com.
International courses made local: Edraak translates and localizes existing English edX programs into Arabic and delivers them on its own platform. This gives Arab learners access to courses taught at top global universities like Harvard, MIT and UC Berkeley at no cost. Learners can acquire certificate of completion and issue it through the platform upon completing the course requirements.
By promoting lifelong learning and making high quality education more accessible, Edraak expects to impact the employment outcomes and world outlook of those who complete the courses. Since its launch, Edraak has reached over 1.5 Million learners from the region, and attracts more than 1,200 new users each day.
“We launched Edraak as a realisation of what we have already missed and as a way catch up to a future befitting of us, of our history and the message that was sent to us, urging us to ‘read’. .”
-Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah