“The population has grown very quickly and so there was a need to recruit many professors, without, however, the capacity to offer them adequate training courses,” laments Kamel Haddar, founder of Algérie-Focus and iMadrassa (Arabic for iSchool).
Teacher strikes, overcrowded classroom and inadequate textbooks are undermining the education of young Algerians, according to Karim Sidi Saïd, founder of Dirassatti (Algerian for “my studies”).
“Algerian schoolbooks lack information and don’t provide the correct way to solve the exercises proposed,” he says.
Underscoring the urgent need for educational reform, many students rely on private lessons.
“Today, we need new technologies in order to offer scalable-quality education,” Haddar says.
He is referring to education that is timely, accessible and low-cost.
While Sidi Saïd, 21, launched Dirassatti to fulfill his personal need, Haddar by a duty he felt as a citizen when he developed iMadrassa.
“Education contributes to economic development, but also to peace and tolerance,” Haddar says. “If we educate our children, there won’t be any more “Da3ech” [ISIS].”
Courses, in his opinion, should be dedicated to the correction of exercises and not for the teaching of the lessons which can be easily learned at home, and which can be found abundantly on the internet.
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