The SDG Academy is thrilled to announce its partnership with Edraak, an initiative of the Queen Rania Foundation (QRF) and the first non-profit Arabic MOOC platform. Like the SDG Academy, Edraak works to share high-quality online materials, enriching and improving the field of education.
Over the last four years, Edraak has promoted lifelong learning through its courses and programs for university students, continuing professionals, and K-12 learners. Edraak offers a diverse range of material targeted to the Arab region in an effort to improve access to world-class education. Therefore, the SDG Academy is excited to partner with Edraak to share sustainable development knowledge more widely. The partnership envisages both knowledge-sharing on sustainable development across the Middle East and North Africa, as well as cooperating to increase the visibility of Arab scholarship in the field. Endeavors of the partnership include: contextualizing and translating existing courses to be hosted on Edraak; co-creating new courses; and the development of initiatives to support the Sustainable Development Goals.
As of January 2019, the SDG Academy and Edraak will become mutualistic “knowledge partners,” each providing the other with unique information and perspectives, and cross-promoting between their respective audiences. SDG Academy courses are expected to launch on Edraak by Fall 2019.
The 17 SDGs, a set of targets adopted by member states of the United Nations in 2015, provide a holistic agenda for global development. The SDG Academy supports the next generation of sustainable development practitioners in achieving the SDGs by engaging global audiences and sharing high-quality educational materials as a public good. Edraak aligns with this effort and will increase impact by disseminating the SDG Academy’s courses in the Arab region. SDG Academy courses, which are free and openly accessible, have reached roughly 170,000 learners from more than 190 countries. The Academy is excited to continue building its library of content, with courses linked to all 17 SDGs.