Over AED 1 million in cash prizes have been awarded to students, teachers and parents from the UAE's public sector schools for excellence in digital learning practices.
Seventy-one winners, including over 50 pupils, were honoured across eight different categories as part of the annual Alef Education Award.
More than 150,000 students from over 400 public schools are connected to Alef's AI-powered online learning platform.
The education award was first launched in 2020, given the increased importance of digital learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The eight main categories include Distinguished Student, Most Improved Student, Special Learning Needs/People of Determination Students, Distinguished Teacher, Distinguished School Leader, Distinguished Cluster, Most Engaged Parent, and Leading Figure in the Society.
In total, 52 UAE public school students from grades 5-11 received awards, of which, ten were awarded in the Alef Special Learning Needs/People of Determination category, and 21 students bagged prizes in the Alef Most Improved Student category.
Three winners were chosen from Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, and Al Ain under the Distinguished Alef Cluster Leader category, with Ayesha Mohamed Alzaabi bagging the Golden prize.
Three awards were also given under the Distinguished Alef School Leader category to winners from Sharjah, Ras Al Khaimah, and Al Ain, with the Gold award going to Sheikha Abdullah Alqaydi.
In the Distinguished Alef Teacher category, the awards were given to winners from Sharjah, Al Dhafra, and Al Ain, with Nourah Mohamed Alyileili from Aishah Bint Othman school receiving the Gold prize.
Ahmed Hassan Almansoori was felicitated as the Leading Figure in Society for his efforts in raising awareness of digital learning and innovation, and contributing to the dissemination of educational content on the Instagram account 'meeshwar'.