United Arab Emirates: this coding school is free, has no teachers, no classrooms – News

A new coding school is about to be a disruptive force in education – it’s open 24/7, has no classrooms or teachers, and the students here are ‘battle it out on a variety of real-world projects instead of attending boring classes.

42 Abu Dhabi is an innovative concept built on the philosophy that everyone deserves a chance to explore their talent. This tuition-free school means no barriers and equal opportunities for all. Motivation to learn is what moves students forward.

Located in the Mina Zayed warehouse district of Abu Dhabi, the school is open 24/7. The specially designed 42-warehouse Abu Dhabi campus with open space and a new age industrial feel, features state-of-the-art coding labs using the latest technology, as well as a number of interactive smart spaces , meeting rooms, an auditorium, creativity rooms, catering and rest areas. The school welcomed its first cohort of students in September 2021.

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Students must attend in person to learn from each other through collaborations in the huge labs, at the heart of 42 schools. Labs have 252 iMacs – one for each student.

The school aims to cultivate creativity, collaboration and self-discipline by giving students ownership of their learning without classrooms or teachers.

“We believe the best way to learn is from each other. Collaboration, communication and problem solving are just some of the foundational skills students will learn through our peer-to-peer learning model, ”Leonardo Filardi, CEO of 42 Abu Dhabi, told the Khaleej Times at ‘a media tour on Wednesday.

“The school’s program is based on three methodologies, project-based learning, peer-to-peer learning and gamification, where students earn points as they progress through the program. To progress in the course, students must rely on the group to share and adapt information based on collective intelligence.


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No coding experience needed

Marcos Muller-Habig, chief technology officer at 42 Abu Dhabi, says the school is open to anyone aged 18 and over and applicants do not need prior coding experience or college degrees .

“The 42 successful students in Abu Dhabi have ambition and skills. They are engaged, proactive, curious, creative and adaptable. The school attracts the best regional talents of various origins and nationalities, ”he said.

As part of the selection process of 42 inaugural Abu Dhabi cohorts, 401 applicants participated in a trio of prequalified “Pools” between May and August. A pool of 225 candidates successfully passed the immersive 26-day motivation, endurance and engagement tests and joined 42 Abu Dhabi on September 26, 2021.

Emiratis make up 43 percent of the inaugural cohort. Among them, almost three quarters (70%) are women. The enrollment rate for expatriate students is 57 percent. Almost all (93 percent) of the students live in the United Arab Emirates. Of the total number, 60% are men and 40% are women. More than three-quarters (81%) are between the ages of 18 and 30.

Enrollment requires an online screening registration and assessment that assesses cognitive abilities through logic and memory tests. Successful shortlisted applicants are then invited to the “Pool”, from which applicants will be invited to join the program.

Allan Joe, 24, an Indian student at 42 Abu Dhabi says he has thought about coding since the Covid-19 epidemic and the importance of technology.

“I reflected on my past and realized that I had not explored coding in college. And when I realized that was important to me, I found around 42 people in Abu Dhabi and took the opportunity to join, ”Joe told the Khaleej Times.

“When I entered the Pool, which is a 26 day intensive training camp, I realized the coding was enjoyable, especially the peer-to-peer part of the program. In many programs, you have to work with others to solve problems. You have to learn on your own because there are no teachers to teach you. You have to go online, figure it out for yourself, or try to practice with someone who has figured it out.

Another student, Anastasiia Nifantova, a Russian national, says she had no prior knowledge of coding, but 42 Abu Dhabi provides her with a practical foundation for healthy and abundant exchange of ideas and learning by collaborating with other students. other students.

“You have to work with others and learn on your own. It’s such a pleasant school that every day is a new day, a new challenge… ”, she declared.

42 Abu Dhabi is the first GCC campus of the 42 network of internationally renowned coding schools, which opened its inaugural complex in Paris in 2013. The school was established in partnership with the Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge (ADEK) under the Ghadan 21 acceleration program.

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Ismail Sebugwaawo

A professional journalist from Kampala, Uganda, Ismail is a happy father with a strong attachment to family and great values ​​for humanity. He has practiced journalism in the UAE for the past 13 years, covering the country’s parliament (FNC) and crimes including Abu Dhabi police, prosecution and courts. He also reports on important issues in education, public health and the environment, with a keen interest in stories of human interest. When he is no longer in office, he serves the Ugandan community in Abu Dhabi because he wants to see his compatriots happy. Exercising and reading are part of her free time.

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