3.7 million active users of Twitter and more than 55 million Facebook users in the Arab world




3.7 million active users of Twitter and more than 55 million Facebook users in the Arab world

Arabic is still the fastest growing on different platforms and social media in the world

Program was launched Governance and Innovation at the Dubai School of Government today Arab Social Media Report V under the title “education transformations in the Arab world: breaking down barriers in the era of social learning.” The launch of the new version of the report at a time helped the continued growth of social media in the Arab region on the development of numerous innovations, also contributed to the opening of new horizons for government institutions and the creation of new social trends in Arab societies.
In addition to the analysis of demographic trends and uses about the use of social media in the Arab region, the focus of this version of the report on the education sector and the impact of social media on lifelong learning in the region. Has conducted a program of governance and innovation at the Dubai School of Government, a regional survey included about 4,000 participants through which to monitor public perceptions about the quality of education in the region, and the use of technology and social media in the classroom at various levels of education, drop out of school due to conflict and political tensions, as well as views on educational reform. With regard to technology and the use of social media in the classroom, said 55% of the teachers surveyed they are using social media as a resource education, while indicated 10% of parents surveyed that their children can access to platforms and social media in the classroom, and more than half said that their children study classes do not use technological tools. In contrast, the nearly 56% of parents expressed concern about what caused social media to their children from distraction and distraction.

The study also included parents in the Arab countries that suffer from political instability, violence and civil strife. He said about 68% of the study participants in those countries that electronic resources can help their children make up lessons missed as a result of interruptions of short-and long-term education.

He said Fadi Salem, director of the Governance and Innovation at the Dubai School of Government, and co-writer of the report that with the presence of more than 55 million users Arabic active via Facebook and 3.7 million Twitter, become a social media already play the role of a growing education systems of formal and informal and specialized training programs and capacity building, and added that education in the Arab world is suffering from wide-ranging challenges in terms of quality and accessibility. However, education is one of the areas that has seen wide depending on the social media in the presence of a large number of Arab users. He said that the emergence of new concepts such as “social learning” and “networks making Alorteur smart” and “courses and a wide opening via the Internet,” contributes to the empowerment of teachers, students and educational institutions to rely on the tools of social media to create innovative approaches to education, capacity building and transfer of knowledge in the region Arabic.

This report represents the latest version of a series of reports issued by the Governance and Innovation Program at the Dubai School of Government. These results reveal that version of the Arabic language is still the fastest growing on different platforms and social media in the world. For example, the percentage of tweets 74% of the Arab total tweets region in March 2013, compared with 62% in the previous year.

On the other hand, FaceBook record increase of 10 million users in the period between June 2012 and May 2013. Also saw the number of active Twitter users in the Arab world remarkable growth of just over 2 million to 3.7 million users last year. The number of tweets in Arabic in March 2013 to 336 million Tweets – equivalent to almost double the number of tweets in March 2012. The report also states that the number of LinkedIn users in some Arab countries now approaching 5 million users.

In terms of demographics analysis, the report shows that the UAE continues its supremacy over all Arab countries in terms of the size of the spread of Facebook among the population by 41%, while Egypt, accounts for nearly 25% of Arab Facebook users, while Saudi Arabia are more than half المستخدمي Arab militants via Twitter. However, where most countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council, and for the first time, according to the report, a decline in the use of social media in 2013.

Said Rasha Murtaza, a researcher involved in the program governance, innovation and writer involved in the report that 82% of respondents unanimously agreed that it can take advantage of the platforms of social networking in the integration of students with special needs in the educational process and enable them to express themselves and interact better with teachers and peers students.

The report also includes for the first time an analysis of the activity of the official accounts of selected government institutions on twitter. Given the rapid spread of Arabic content on the social networking sites, the report’s findings revealed that the Arabic language have come to represent the preferred option for the talks on the tweets between governmental and متابعيها-citizens in the Arab region.

The report is part of a broader research initiative for governance and innovation program, which focuses on social engagement through information and communication technology in the Arab region. The report brings together basic information about the social networking platforms in the region to contribute to the formulation of better policies, and support for good governance, and promote social inclusion in Arab states. Specifically, the initiative aims to examine the role that can be played by social networking platforms to promote cooperation and exchange of knowledge, information and innovation by supporting partnerships between governments, citizens and the private sector.

The Dubai School of Government was established in 2005 to work on the construction of systems of good governance through enhancing the region’s capacity in the field of public policy. To achieve this end, collaborates with regional and global institutions leading provider of strategic research and a variety of training programs.
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