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LEAMS Education launches game-changing initiative introducing IR4.0 and Robotics to make students future-ready

LEAMS Education, a futuristic education management company that operates four of the UAE’s finest schools, has launched a game-changing initiative introducing coding and robotics in classroom and laboratories, to make the students future-ready and help them acquire skills needed to excel in the new era dominated by the 4th Industrial Revolution (Industry 4.0 or IR4.0).

Coding and Robotics will create a new class of highly-employable students who will be in an advantageous position to pick up top jobs once they graduate. Many of them will also become job creators by launching technology start-ups.

As per the new initiative, the students are given early lessons and pratical training on Coding, Robotics, Designing, Machine Learning and 3-D Printing that will help them to be ready for the Big Data Analytics, Cloud Computing, Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things and Digital Disruption that are part of the 4th Industrial Revolution.

LEAMS Education, which operates Apple International SchoolOxford SchoolThe Indian Academy and Apple International Community School, has already conducted the test run of the pilot project for the last few months. Today, its management announces the full-scale launch of the programme across all its institutions from the new academic session starting in August/September this year.

“As a future-focused education management group, we want to make our students future-ready so that they do not have to struggle in life later on by acquiring new skills that are essential for the 4th Industrial Revolution that is changing the global economy into a digital economy and be the master of their own destiny,” Nabil Lahir, Chief Executive Officer of LEAMS Education Group, said at a press conference announcing the new initiative.

The announce comes at a time when the global robotics market records a 17.45 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from US$27.73 billion in 2020 to US$74.1 billion by 2026, according to Mordor Intelligence. The usage of robots is still at its early stage in the UAE, which is expected to pick up in the coming years.

A recent report by Oxford Business Group says, automation will see many jobs in the labour market come under pressure. Based on a study of five GCC economies – Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the UAE – global management consultancy firm McKinsey estimates that 42.6 percent of work in the GCC will be automated by 2030, somewhat ahead of the estimated global average of 32 percent.

Workers with a high-school-level education or below are most at risk of losing their jobs to 4IR technologies, and some 57 percent of those workers are expected to have their jobs replaced by automation by 2030, compared to just 22 percent of those who hold bachelor or graduate degrees, the report says. Employees in the services, administration, construction and manufacturing sectors are most at risk.

“The world is fast moving towards digitalisation and if we do not change, we will become obsolete in the new world order that is emerging through disruption,” Nabil Lahir says. “Most jobs are shifting to the digital space and those failing to change with times, are losing out. So, if we do not prepare the students with technology, coding and robotics, they will fall behind and that’s dangerous for their future.”

The initiative is in line with the UAE Government’s Centennial Vision 2071 to make the country future-ready as well as future-proof so that its next generation can lead the world through technology and innovation. The UAE Government recently announced the restructuring of the country’s education system by creating the Federal Authority for Early Education as part of a comprehensive plan with child development from birth to the fourth grade that will help prepare the young students to develop skills crucial for the new digital economy – some of which has already been adopted by LEAMS Education in its schools.

“We are inspired by the visionary leadership of the UAE which is constantly inspiring us to do more, be more creative and innovative. Our new initiative is in line with the UAE Government’s vision for the future,” Nabil Lahir says. “If we want to make the UAE a future-proof country, then we need to develop future-ready human talents. LEAMS Education constantly thrives to create future leaders who will lead the future.”

“Our initiative will make a big difference and help achieve meaningful changes in the lives of these young students who will acquire all the necessary skills and succeed in securing the best-paid jobs.”

Early coding, or precoding, offers children experiences that integrate communication, thinking, and problem solving. Children can be immersed in versatile activities that align with multiple areas, like math, problem solving, communication, and literacy.

According to the global auditing firm PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC), Artificial Intelligence will add over $277.1 billion to the GDP of GCC countries in 2030. In absolute terms, Saudi Arabia will accrue the largest gains from AI, adding approximately $135.2 billion to its economy in 2030. In relative terms the UAE will see the biggest impact, with AI contributing 13.6 percent – or $96 billion – to GDP in 2030.

LEAMS Education, a UAE-based education management company, is a 42-year-old premier group that administers schools and nurseries across Dubai and Sharjah which provide the best-in-class education.

The foundation of LEAMS Education is based on a vision to provide quality education at affordable cost and it has been successful to achieve what it has aimed for, with its group of schools, which have both UK and CBSE curriculums available for its students. International Well Building Institute (IWBI) has recognised the efforts of LEAMS Education with its Well Health-Safety rating for creating a favourable learning environment across all its five schools in Dubai post COVID-19.

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