OPTION TRAINING INSTITUTE, DUBAI, has for the past eight years earned high esteem for classroom training. No doubt then, directive from the KHDA on March 6th to turn ‘digital’ and to ensure that no classroom training was undertaken first till April 5th and, by a renewed directive, till end June, came as a shocker! But true to the organization underlying spirit of innovation, flexibility and tenacity, our team stood solid to face the challenge.
An open mind, many brainstorming sessions, sleepless nights, long hours of work and the undying support and encouragement of parents and students had us back on the road in less than 2 weeks. On 23RD March Option successfully launched online courses – in groups and one-to-one – for the LNAT, UCAT, AP, SAT, ACT, SAT SUBJECT, GMAT, GRE, IELTS and TOEFL. Fired by the spirit to continue to interface productively with students and to partake in their efforts to make the most of the time at hand, Option was quick to make the transition to digital training. Using a professional online platform and incorporating in it our own learning tools and content has worked well in helping us maintain the exemplary quality of training that we so pride ourselves for providing. What merits mention here is the fact that the response to the classes has been very positive not only from our already enrolled students but also from prospective students who took a trial class online and were quick to enroll.
For a training institute, there is no better yardstick to measure its standing in the education industry than its ability to think on its feet. Option did just that. The magnitude of the crisis that we are all facing today and the ramifications the crisis has had and will continue to have on our lives – familial, social, academic and economic- are unfathomable. In such times it is vital for every individual to exercise himself with equanimity and prudence. The mantra is to move ahead with peace, prayer and hope and to work on yourself in terms of skill building, knowledge and people skills. Option supports the government of Dubai in its smart efforts to meet the challenge of the time and we hope to emerge from this catastrophe better, humbler and smarter. Ironically, Option had never contemplated online training. But now that we have started it, the online platform will henceforth be an integral part of our services, allowing us to take another step forward as a training institute.