Hundreds of students in rural places in the UAE will be able to connect to the internet through satellite.

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To assist smart learning in the UAE, around 300 students in remote places will be given access to high-speed internet through satellite.

Emirates Schools Establishment and Al Yah Satellite Communications, both of which are listed on the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange, have adopted this effort.

The partnership, which began in 2020 and was extended into the 2021 academic year, has aided in driving inclusiveness and accessibility throughout the government body’s operations, as well as connecting houses without access to affordable broadband. During the epidemic, students were able to easily continue remote studying from home.

Jameela bint Salem Al Muhairi, UAE Minister of State for Public Education, Musabbeh Al Kaabi, Chairman of Yahsat, and Ali Al Hashemi, Group CEO of Yahsat, made this academic year’s collaboration feasible.

“The Emirates Schools Establishment is keen to provide its services to students regardless of their location within the UAE. In cooperation with Yahsat, and by adopting the latest technology and innovations, we look forward to supporting this mission to provide students with sustainable education while enhancing their well-being and granting them access to smart learning platforms provided by the Emirates Schools Establishment through Yahsat’s high-speed internet services,” Al Muhairi said.

She added, “The Emirates Schools Establishment is also keen to build bridges of cooperation with various organizations in the country to achieve its goal to improve the quality of education in line with best practices, adding more value to the educational ecosystem, and paving the way towards a new horizon in this sector. We highly commend the efforts made by Yahsat and this fruitful collaboration, which has contributed to enabling the Emirates Schools Establishment to provide its services to students across the UAE.”

Al Kaabi said, “The impact that we have achieved so far through our collaboration with the Ministry of Education showcases how satellite connectivity can play a critical role in society, has directly impacted the lives of 300 students by providing them reliable Internet access to continue their education.

“Through affordable high-speed Internet over satellite to these students, Yahsat has effectively bridged the divide and supported our ambition of building a knowledge-based economy in the UAE, replicating similar contributions made in many markets across the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and the Americas over the years.”