Nat Geo Kids Abu Dhabi launched in November of last year in partnership with Abu Dhabi Media. In the Middle East and the Arab world in general, it is reportedly the first channel of its kind thats aimed at stimulating childrens minds through science and education. Nat Geo Kids Abu Dhabi is a free-to-air channel […]
Nat Geo Kids Abu Dhabi launched in November of last year in partnership with Abu Dhabi Media. In the Middle East and the Arab world in general, it is reportedly the first channel of its kind thats aimed at stimulating childrens minds through science and education. Nat Geo Kids Abu Dhabi is a free-to-air channel that is available through Nilesat.
The channel airs a variety of educational programs for children and teens. Animal Atlas teaches kids about wildlife and conservation efforts. Super Genius is a straightforward program that deals with scientific principles through practical and easy to understand examples. Programs like Weird But True and Giver are all about promoting exploration and adventure to learn more about the world. Each program is curated specifically for eight to 13-year-old minds at the peak of their curiosity, with the aim of living up to its motto of Dare to Explore.
Shortly after its November 2017 launch, the channel expanded its programming further by acquiring an animated, multimedia Ukrainian show called Whos There. MK Distribution created Whos There in January 2018 as a fun and engrossing way to teach both children and adults light-hearted facts about world history in a 12-story format. And now, its slated to be part of Nat Geo Kids Abu Dhabis regular programming.
The networks expansion doesnt stop there. In July, it also reportedly acquired a show called The Outsiders Club in a deal with TVS, also known as the Television Syndication Company. With its focus on outdoor exploration, The Outsiders Club features children engrossed in activities like hiking, camping, and even sailing. The goal is to promote healthier and more physical lifestyles and activities, particularly aimed at a generation thats increasingly becoming dependent on small, mobile gadgets for both education and entertainment.
These recent initiatives by Nat Geo Kids Abu Dhabi firmly establishes the networks goal to provide more free educational content to children. This is in sync with the UAEs own updated educational strategy under the Ministry of Education, although the same cannot be said for the rest of the Arab world.
A 2017 survey from The National, found that almost half of its 3500 youth respondents from across the Middle East felt that their respective educational systems didnt prepare them for their future careers. Mohamed Alabbar, who is the founder and chairman of the real estate development group Emaar, responded to these findings by pointing to the fact that private schools are generally better than government-run schools in the Middle East but are unfortunately out of reach for the majority of Arabic youth.
Statistics around the world reflect more dire circumstances. Data acquired by Save the Children reveals much more alarming news about the current state of global education: 124 million children and young people all over the world have either dropped out of school or never started school in the first place. Additionally, one out of six school-age children are not in school or any other stable form of formal education.
While the programming provided by Nat Geo Kids Abu Dhabi does not exactly address the lack of quality formal education in the Middle East and the world, it is a big step in the right direction. A reported 26% of children in the Arab world are exposed to free channels. And if the trend of providing free entertaining, scientific, and educative programs to children continue, it could provide a significant boost to the regions reported lack of quality education. In fact, these recent moves by Nat Geo Kids Abu Dhabi are just the start, seeing that they only launched the channel in November 2017. At least in the UAE, the future of educational and scientific programming is bright.