30,000 pass translation challenge qualification

Challenge received over 50,000 submissions from volunteers in 55 countries

Staff Report
14:59 November 9, 2017

Dubai: Some 30,000 volunteers have passed screening, qualifying for the Translation Challenge final round of qualifications. The challenge, which is part of the Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives (MBRGI), has received over 50,000 volunteer submissions from 55 countries.

Sara Al Nuaimi, Director of the Mohammad Bin Rashid Arab e-Learning ProjectDirector of the Mohammad Bin Rashid Arab e-Learning Project, Sara Al Nuaimi (right), said, “We ended the initial evaluation phase on November 8, with all of the volunteers completing a screening test. A further round of testing is now being applied so that we can identify the final team in order to ensure the highest quality of educational curricula, translation and video production.”

Launched in September by His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, the Translation Challenge is part of the Mohammad Bin Rashid e-Learning Project, which is supported by Nakheel Properties.

It involves translating 5,000 educational videos and one million words of educational content in one year, amounting to 500 videos per month and a total of 50,000 minutes of video editing. The videos will provide educational content for various subjects including physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics and general science, in accordance with a deliberate Arabisation plan that considers the educational needs of Arab students.

The videos are based on world-class educational curricula and will incorporate the highest production standards, covering material from kindergarten through to grade 12.

Since its launch, the Translation Challenge has aimed to attract volunteers from across the Arab world to contribute as translators, video editors, graphic designers, voice-overs, and technical aides or more. Volunteers were urged to register on the MBRGI website.

Al Nuami said, “The Translation Challenge has already seen great interaction with many interested and specialised volunteers, specifically from people with higher education degrees and teachers in the fields of maths and science.”