COVID-19: Ministry of Education launches first e-Library in Oman

Muscat: The Sultanate’s Ministry of Education and the National Bank of Oman have joined forces to launch an e-Library platform. This exclusive collaboration will support the ongoing national efforts of e-Learning towards a competitive digital education society and in response to the recent school closures caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The agreement aims to launch an educational digital library that provides various services for students and teachers in schools representing a cornerstone of virtual learning resources, including various knowledge and learning materials that are classified and arranged according to schools’ requirements. The e-Library represents an invaluable resource for educational researchers in graduate studies and will also feature published educational research including master’s and doctoral theses.

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The digital library, which will be available through a custom mobile app, will have a number of state-of-the-art features including a comprehensive control panel, a publishing tool, as well as being linked to other libraries in the Sultanate and abroad. Alongside the initiative, the Ministry is also developing an e-learning platform, a sustainable portal for students to receive their assignments, upload and share them. The e-Library will also provide various statistics and digital indicators, while implementing the scientific classification system for educational resources among other benefits.

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Dr. Nasser Al Abri, Director General of Information Technology at the Ministry of Education, said, “Our e-Library is a big stepping stone as we continue building our competitiveness in digital learning. With these new platforms, we will make sure that teachers utilize various resources in teaching, while students continue to be taught uninterrupted, and they will benefit schools and students in every region and city in the Sultanate for generations to come.”

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In order to support small and medium enterprises in the Sultanate, the e-Library project has been implemented in collaboration with an Omani digital services provider.

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