1,000 clubs planned for boys and girls

Updated 03 December 2012
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1,000 clubs planned for boys and girls

Education Minister Prince Faisal bin Abdullah disclosed yesterday plans for more district clubs for boys and girls to help them engage in hobbies and social, cultural and sports activities.
“We intend to establish 1,000 such clubs at schools in the next three years,” Prince Faisal told the Shoura Council. “We have already established more than 50 clubs and allocated funds for 114.”
Prince Faisal expressed his hope that the new clubs would help students to develop their various skills and capabilities.
He said the ministry would reconsider appointment of temporary teachers to meet shortage of instructors in some schools in remote areas. He said the ministry would continue its efforts to improve the quality and standard of schoolteachers.
He said female teachers would be allowed to teach at primary classes of private schools if the latter wanted to appoint them. “Teaching by women at these classes had a positive impact,” the minister pointed out.
“The school should be owned by a Saudi, Islamic and social subjects and Arabic language should be included in the curriculum,” he said regarding whether foreign schools should admit Saudi students.
He disclosed plans to give regional education directors greater powers. “We’ll appoint 1,000 nurses to improve health services at schools in coordination with the Health Ministry.”
Referring to transportation of students, Prince Faisal said: “We have now about 13,000 buses to carry 613,000 girl students. We want to increase the number of buses further. We also intend to improve the transport service for female teachers.”
The minister also spoke about efforts to get rid of rented school buildings and blamed contractors for not completing about 500 school projects.
“We are dealing with 1,600 contractors with varying capabilities,” he said.
Prince Faisal emphasized the progress achieved by his ministry toward improving the country’s education level. He indicated plans to increase salaries of teachers and education officials as an incentive to work for educational progress. “The plan will be presented to higher authorities for approval,” he told Shoura members.
The minister spoke about the King Abdullah General Education Development Project and its various initiatives. “A strategic plan for the development of education has been prepared which will be implemented by Tatwir Company,” he said.
He said the ministry had helped 28,500 female teachers move to schools close to their homes on their request. “We have solved many problems facing teachers.”
The ministry has raised the qualification requirement for teachers and provided them with necessary training through Tatwir. “We also fixed the minimum salary of Saudi teachers in private schools at SR 5,600.”
Prince Faisal referred to his ministry’s efforts to improve the standard of teachers by coordinating with Saudi universities and setting up a joint committee with the Ministry of Higher Education. “We select new teachers in coordination with the National Center for Assessment (Qiyas),” he said.
Earlier, Shoura President Abdullah Al-Asheikh highlighted the Education Ministry’s role in preparing the Kingdom’s future generations. “Education has a great impact. It changes individuals and society,” he said.


Where We Are Going Today: Workout studio aims to empower Saudi women

Updated 27 April 2018
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Where We Are Going Today: Workout studio aims to empower Saudi women

  • Studio55 is about empowering women to be more in all aspects of life. It’s more than just an exercise
  • It combines spinning with yoga, pilates, TRX, zumba, core fitness and strength training all in one session

Studio55 is a boutique chain for women in Saudi Arabia with a workout studio that features a complete cross-training approach to fitness and well-being. 

It has two branches, one in Alkhobar, established in June 2015, and one in Jeddah, set up in October 2017. 

Al-Batool Baroom, Studio55’s commercial director, said that the studio’s particular approach combined spinning with yoga, pilates, TRX, zumba, core fitness and strength training all in one session.

“It is offered to all our members under one roof through our four workout zones: Ride55, Fitness55, Focus55 and Fusion55.” 

The studio also keeps track of members’ workouts through a software program called Performance IQ. 

It sends the member their workout performance statistics by email at the end of the class and stores the data on their studio profile. 

The information includes their average heart-rate, calories burnt, average RPM (in spinning classes), time and distance.

“Studio55 is about empowering women to be more in all aspects of life. It’s more than just an exercise. We work on awareness, education and community events alongside our workouts and fitness engagement,” Baroom said.

“Every now and then we invite inspiring role-models to come and give an open talk at the studio, as well as prominent instructors to give classes. Some of our guests have included Princess Reema, Raha Moharrak, Dina Al-Tayeb, Manal Rostom, Nelly Attar and Hala Alhamrani.” 

Fatima Batook, founder of Studio55, encouraged women to visit the studio to help to change their lives for the better.

“Women should come to us to be more, to get inspired by our trainers and live their lives to their full potential, achieving not only health and fitness goals but personal life goals,” she said.