If there was ever a time when remote education was more than just an interesting concept, this is it. For example, the government of Bahrain has said that 140,000 students are now benefiting from remote learning in the kingdom.
With the need to avoid social contact made more urgent by the Coronavirus outbreak, Bahrain’s public and private educational institutes are offering lessons online and through specified broadcast channels.
This, the government claims, is proof that investment in next-generation connectivity has paid off, and certainly it benefits the government-created education portal, which allows schools and educational institutes to continue tuition through online portals and broadcast channels.
The precise numbers to date, supplied by local media, are some 146,498 students and over 18,000 teachers using the portal. Hundreds of e-books, lessons, educational materials and sample questions and exams, not to mention over a thousand educational units and tens of thousands of exercises are just part of the make-up of the system, which parents can also use to follow up on the activities carried out by the schools. In addition, school administrators can monitor the progress of students and teachers.
The portal is powered by AWS, which recently opened its first Middle East data region in the Kingdom. AWS is also supporting the Bahraini government in its shift to the cloud.