The continued growth of social media in the Arab region has facilitated innovations by individuals, created new horizons for government entities and new social trends by Arab societies. Under the title “Transforming Education in the Arab World: Breaking Barriers in the Age of Social Learning”, the 5th edition of the Arab Social Media Report series was launched today by the Dubai School of Government’s Governance and Innovation Program.
In addition to analyzing patterns, demographic breakdowns and usage trends of social media platforms in the Arab region, this edition of the report focuses on the impact of social media on education and life-long learning in the region. The Governance and Innovation Program at DSG conducted a regional survey with around 4000 participants, exploring perceptions about the quality of schooling in the region, the use of technology and social media in the classroom at different educational levels, interruptions to schooling due to conflict, as well as views on educational reform.
In terms of technology and social media use in the classroom, 55% of the teachers who responded to the survey said they use social media as a classroom resource, while 10% of the parents surveyed indicated that their children have access to social media platforms in the classroom, and more than half said their children’s classrooms do not incorporate technological tools. In contrast, nearly 56% of the parents are concerned with the distractions social media cause to their children.