Education Ministry, Omantel sign pact

MUSCAT: The Ministry of Education and Oman Telecommunications Company (Omantel) on Sunday signed a cooperation and partnership agreement in a series of programmes under which Omantel will support the education and innovation sector in the Sultanate in the various aspects that contribute to enhancing the teaching and educational process.
The agreement was signed by Dr Madeeha bint Ahmed al Shaibaniyah, Minister of Education, and Talal bin Said al Maamari, CEO of Omantel. According to the agreement, Omantel, as part of its social responsibility, will support the Omantel School Olympiad for discovering and encouraging junior and young talents, drawing attention to the importance of information technology.

The Omantel Olympiad will help create a generation with the ability to think systematically and innovatively. The procedural programming is an introduction to the Fourth Industrial Revolution techniques, which depend on the programming of artificial intelligence, robotics, Internet objects and data modification, especially large data.
According to the agreement, Omantel will take the initiative, in partnership with the Ministry of Education, and help in adding programming course into the curricula of the first cycle of education (classes 1-4), to instil a culture of programming and innovation among school students.
The initiative will contribute to the promotion of the young people with the skills of programming and computer science, which make them ready and able to keep up with the latest developments in the world of programming as the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
In the first experience of its kind in the Sultanate to provide education and practical training at any time and place through the integration of technology in education, an agreement was signed between the Ministry of Education and Omantel to inaugurate “We Think and Innovate” bus with the Directorate of Education in the Governorate of North Al Sharqiyah to instil the innovation culture among school students. The bus will provide a set of integrated sciences (STEM) based on science, technology, engineering and mathematics. — ONA