Saudi illiteracy rate falls by 61 percent

Updated 05 February 2014
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Saudi illiteracy rate falls by 61 percent

Illiteracy rates in Saudi Arabia have fallen by 61 percent during the past nine years, local media said quoting a report released by the Ministry of Education.
The report said the Kingdom has achieved the goal stated in the Dakar Forum, which took place in Senegal in the year 2000, in which participants had pledged to reduce the illiteracy rate by 50 percent.
According to the report, the average rate of illiteracy among Saudi males during the last year stood at just under four percent, while it averaged around 10 percent among females.
Illiteracy saw a decline in the Kingdom at an average of around seven percent, compared to just under 18 percent between 2005 and 2006, the report said, adding that the target was achieved through policies pursued by the ministry to eradicate illiteracy in the country.
Saudi government is developing illiteracy eradication programs based on several patterns meant to achieve the desired targets.
The advisory council of teachers at the Department of Education in Riyadh region is focusing on several issues, including mechanisms to reduce the absence of teachers following quarterly tests, as well as the ministry’s role to preserve their rights.


Kiswa of Kaaba raised in preparation for Hajj

Updated 19 July 2019
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Kiswa of Kaaba raised in preparation for Hajj

  • Up to 50 people worked on the raising of Kiswa this year
  • The Kiswa is replaced with white cloth during Hajj

DUBAI: The lower part of Kaaba’s Kiswa, the black cloth draped around the holy shrine, was raised 3 meters in preparation for the new Hajj season and was replaced with white cloth instead, Reasah Al-Harmain said on Friday.
The procedure is done every year before the Hajj season in order to protect the Kiswa, as some pilgrims touch and pull on the black cloth when they circumambulate the Kaaba.

Up to 50 technicians and specialists oversaw the annual process, head of the General Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques Ahmad bin Muhammad Al-Mansouri said.
What some pilgrims do to the Kiswa stems from wrongful beliefs, which is why the black cloth is raised and replaced with white textile during Hajj, he added.
The original Kiswa will be draped again after the Hajj season concludes, Al-Mansouri said.