The never-ending waves of the COVID-19 pandemic have created the largest disruption of education systems in recent history. From preschools to universities, educational institutions, regardless of the size and reputation, have been closed to stop the spread of a deadly virus. According to UNICEF reports, the Middle East and North Africa region alone had more than 110 million children and young people whose education was affected at the peak of lockdowns and movement restrictions.
Now, online learning is not a buzz anymore. Indeed, it has become a necessity that would stay here for a long time. Like most of the world, the Middle East had a sudden surge of EdTech startups in the market, catering to the needs of parents, teachers, and schools. Market forecasts predict that the EdTech and smart classroom market in the Middle East and Africa is expected to grow from US$ 3,565 million in 2019 to US$ 7,626 million by 2027 at a CAGR of 9.8 per cent. The EdTech players in this region constantly focus on improving their offerings by adding advanced features and integrating various technologies.
In this issue, with the help of an expert committee of international advisors, we have handpicked “10 Must-Watch EdTech Companies in the Middle East – 2021,” which have been phenomenally successful in differentiating their offerings by integrating advanced technologies. On the cover, we feature Alef Education, a global leading education technology company based in the United Arab Emirates.