We launched Edraak as a realisation of what
we have already missed and as a way to catch
up to a future befitting of us, of our history
and of the message that was sent to us,
urging us to ‘Read’.
Edraak, is a massive open online course (MOOC) platform, that is an initiative of the Queen Rania Foundation (QRF). QRF is determined to ensure that the Arab world is at the forefront of educational innovation. As such, QRF has capitalized on regional Arab talent to leverage technology developed by the Harvard-MIT consortium, edX, to create the first non-profit Arabic MOOC platform. The new MOOC platform will present the Arab world with unique and vital opportunities that can be part of a necessary revolution in education and learning.
First, the platform will broadcast the best Arab professors to the region, offering original Arabic courses - developed by QRF - to further enrich Arab education. Through its partnership with edX, the platform will also give Arab learners access in Arabic to courses taught and developed at top tier institutions like HarvardX, MITX, and UC BerkelyX. All courses are delivered at no cost to the learner.
Second, QRF envisions the use of the platform to showcase Arab role models by broadcasting short online courses by practitioners and professionals from a variety of fields spanning the arts and sciences.
Finally, QRF believes that the platform will enable the Arab world to take advantage of the international interest in regional affairs to tell its own story to the world. Arab university professors and regional experts can use the platform to give courses in English about the region and its history. This will serve to inform a global audience that is interested in the region’s development.
The Queen Rania Foundation, founded by Her Majesty in 2013, aims to be a leading regional resource and incubator for new and innovative ideas and initiatives in education. We believe that education is the foundation of economic, political and social development. That is why we are focused on identifying gaps and opportunities for developing new education programs, with the aim of influencing policy and creating transformational change on the ground.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan
From its inception, Edraak has been a pan-Arab effort meant to serve the entire Arab region. As such, the Queen Rania Foundation (QRF), has sought support from visionary leaders across the Arab world, as founding partners.
QRF is proud to acknowledge His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council, as the first Founding Partner of Edraak.
The Mikati Foundation
The Queen Rania Foundation is proud to recognize the Mikati Foundation as a sponsor of the Edraak platform and to acknowledge it’s commitment to increasing access to quality education for Arab learners.
The Mikati Foundation is an international non-profit founded by the brothers Taha A. Mikati & Najib A. Mikati. The Foundation works to improve the welfare and prospects of people in the developing world, particularly in the Arab World and Africa. Its projects encompass many of the determinants of the quality of life, including education, scientific research, access to community development services, as well as the cultural areas of traditional handicrafts, architecture, art, music & sports.
Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development
The Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development (the Arab Fund), based in the State of Kuwait, is an Arab regional financial institution focused on funding economic and social development by financing public and private investment projects and providing grants and expertise.
The Arab Fund's activities are characterized by a number of important aspects that make it a model of cooperation and Arab economic integration, and a reflection of outstanding joint Arab action.