support the program and spread the word throughout the community. Since its start in August 2010, this program has come a long way in only a little over a year. Sohail Khan, Founder and President of MyEducationKey, started off the event by introducing the audience to the purpose and key features of the website. MyEducationKey.com provides full video-based courses and lectures from acclaimed universities, colleges, scholars and educators including Harvard, Yale and the Khan Academy. A variety of courses are offered, such as Math, Science, Medical Science, History, Engineering, and more. According to Khan, the four distinguishable factors of the program are:
1) It is high quality education,
2) It is absolutely free, and
3) It is available to anyone and everyone with internet access
He stressed that students and self-learners alike should take advantage of this free online
source to boost and broaden their scope of knowledge. Teachers, as well, are
encouraged to incorporate the website’s content within their own classrooms and curriculum to enhance the quality of education. One of the keynote speakers, Dr. Michael Lance, Director of Data Analysis at the Center of Charter Schools at Central Michigan University, commended and recognized the success of the program’s ambition. Clintondale High school showed significant grade improvements upon using what is known as “inverted instruction”, where students watch lectures at home and complete homework in class. This is one of the
learning methods that teachers can adopt for their students through the use of myEducationKey.com. We have to change how we teach because the young generation who are coming are very virtual-oriented,” said Dr. Muhammed El-Sayyed, a long time teacher. He emphasized the fact that the youth are very attached to the virtual domain and this program is important is reaching out to them. Nadir Ahmed, Director of Al-Ikhlas Academy, mentioned that this program is also beneficial for the older generation who isn’t able to go to Harvard, Yale, or any other university of their choice. MyEducationKey allows them to still pursue their dreams and goals by having access to these courses virtually.
The night's fundraiser as conducted by Dr. Abdel Majid Katranji. He praised MyEducationKey and its significance from the Islamic perspective by emphasizing the Islamic legacy in which Muslims owned numerous and large libraries and Muslim lands were considered educational
centers. He said “Allah will exalt you for being a believer and pursuing knowledge.” He also mentioned the fact that financially supporting this program could be a form of zakat to Talib Al-ilm - those who seek knowledge.
The attendees, making up almost a full house, consisted of family and friends from all over
the area. With their gathered support, the event was successfully able to raise about $30,000 towards the program by the end of the night. Many thanks went to the volunteers who took the time to organize and make this event possible. More information about this free
resource and non-profit organization can be found at www.MyEducationKey.com