KFS students tour electrical facility
KFS students tour electrical facility
The students visited the factory of ABB, a leader in power and automation technologies that enables utility and industry customers to improve their performance while lowering environmental impact.
The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs about 135,000 people.
During the visit, these young visitors were given the opportunity to experience what it feels like to work at an industrial production facility. The students were invited to ABB’s factory in the Second Industrial Zone in Riyadh as part of a recent school field trip.
During the three-hour factory tour, these young children got to see and explore production lines in operation and learn about the importance of occupational health and safety in the work place.
The students were accompanied by Ahmad Hawari, department head at the Primary Years Program (PYP), and Bilal Harb, Wael Rmah and Nashid Mohammed.
The students were led and guided by ABB’s Country HR Manager, Zeid Al-Rumaihi, and other management team members. They were briefed on the role electrical industries play in the development of Saudi Arabia and its importance in the modern day.
These youngsters, along with their teachers and supervisors, were pleasantly surprised by the level of professionalism demonstrated by ABB’s state-of-the-art factories.
“It changed my perception that factories were always dirty and dangerous,” said one of the students during the tour of the automation factory, where panels for communication networks are produced.
The field trip was a collaborative effort between ABB in Saudi Arabia’s management and King Faisal School’s PYP Principal, Ahmad Namla.
In a first-of-its-kind move, ABB in Saudi Arabia intends to provide young students with real hands-on experience in order to see for themselves what a job in a factory really entails. The students listened to presentations by volunteers from each functional area, describing the products and how they are made.
King Faisal School is a non-profit institution and one of the most important academic projects sponsored and developed by the King Faisal Foundation. The school lies on a beautiful, aesthetically-designed campus in the Diplomatic Quarters in the capital. It is geared to develop young people through a rigorous national and international program of study. KFS students are encouraged to attain academic excellence based on a foundation of faith, knowledge and work in order to help create a sustainable, peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.
“This was a great experience, not only for the students, but for us as well,” said one of the teachers who accompanied the students.”
We learned a lot and we are so grateful to ABB’s management in Saudi Arabia for giving us an opportunity to visit the factories, he added.
Visitors were given presentations about ABB’s business, products, technology and services and were particularly impressed by ABB’s teamwork.
The tour concluded with a buffet luncheon set up in a special tent erected on the ABB factory premises and special gifts were presented to all the visitors. Summing up their visit to ABB, many said it had exceeded their expectations. The factory tour was our “best ever,” they said.
Saudi MERS outbreaks killed 23 over four months: WHO
- The latest figures take the number of confirmed cases to 2,220 since September 2012, including 1,844 from Saudi Arabia
- The disease is hard to spot, partly because it often infects people with an underlying condition such as diabetes, renal failure or chronic lung disease
GENEVA: Outbreaks of the deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) killed 23 people in Saudi Arabia between Jan. 21 and May 31 this year, the World Health Organization said on Monday.
The deaths were among 75 laboratory-confirmed cases of MERS coronavirus (MERS-CoV) during the period, the WHO said, and take the total number of deaths from the disease to 790 since it was first diagnosed in humans in 2012.
The latest figures take the number of confirmed cases to 2,220 since September 2012, including 1,844 from Saudi Arabia.
One outbreak in February hit a private hospital in Hafer Albatin region, where the patient passed the disease to three health workers. There was another cluster of six cases in a hospital in Riyadh in the same month, although no health care workers were infected.
Two other clusters affected households in Jeddah and Najran.
MERS-CoV is a member of a virus family ranging from the common cold to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome. It appears to have emerged in humans in Saudi Arabia in 2012, although it has been traced in camels, the source of the infection, back to at least 1983.
The disease is hard to spot, partly because it often infects people with an underlying condition such as diabetes, renal failure or chronic lung disease.
But it kills one in three sufferers, and hospital workers are at risk unless extreme caution is taken to identify MERS sufferers early and to protect health care workers from infection via airborne droplets such as from coughs and sneezes.
Susceptible people should avoid contact with suspected cases and with camels, and anyone who has contact with animals should wash their hands before and afterwards, the WHO said. Everyone should avoid drinking raw camel milk or camel urine, or eating undercooked meat.
Three MERS cases have been reported this year outside Saudi Arabia. Oman and the United Arab Emirates each reported a case, while in Malaysia a man fell ill after drinking unpasteurised camel milk during a pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia.