Saudi illiteracy rate falls by 61 percent

Updated 05 February 2014

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.

Muslim World League signs deal with Moscow to promote interfaith dialogue

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Muslim World League signs deal with Moscow to promote interfaith dialogue

  • Al-Issa lauds Russian model of national harmony and coexistence
  • Al-Issa also met with Speaker of the Russian Parliament last month

MOSCOW: The Secretary-General of the Muslim World League (MWL) Sheikh Dr. Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa held a meeting with the president of the Russian People’s Council, Sergei Ordzhonikidze, and other council members, where they discussed issues of common interest.

They looked into means of boosting cooperation between Russia and the Muslim world, supporting positive national integration programs and countering extremist speeches and Islamophobia.

Al-Issa lauded the Russian model of national harmony and coexistence, while Ordzhonikidze presented Al-Issa with a copy of the council’s yearly report.

At the meeting the two parties signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to share their experiences in the fight against extremist ideologies, the promotion of interreligious dialogue and coexistence and the implementation of joint projects to achieve shared goals. They also stressed the pure and peaceful values of Islam and rejected all forms of extremism and Islamophobia.

The meeting was attended by the Russian deputy chairman of the Committee for the Development of Agriculture, Aygun Memedov, the chairman of the Committee on the Normalization of Relations Between Nationalities and Religions, Sheikh Albert Karganov, the Mufti of Moscow and the Khanti-Mansisk Region in Siberia Sheikh Tahir Samatov.

Last month, Al-Issa met with Speaker of the Russian Parliament Vyacheslav Volodin. They discussed subjects related to promoting and supporting dialogue among followers of different religions and civilizations, activating cultural contacts and exchanges between the Muslim world and Russia.

Al-Issa signed a cooperation agreement between the MWL and Moscow’s Fund for Islamic Culture, Science and Education. The agreement focused on tackling extremism and promoting tolerance. The agreement stressed the need for cooperation in the fight against extremism, intolerance, aggression and hostility among religions, races and ideologies that could lead to terrorism.

Both parties agreed to exchange information on the activities of scientific centers, cultural forums and websites.