Alkraidees: Education most powerful tool to change world

Updated 05 February 2014
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Alkraidees: Education most powerful tool to change world

Delta schools have successfully carved a niche in the Saudi capital, offering high quality education.
Speaking to Arab News on Tuesday, Maha Alkraidees, owner and principal of Delta group of schools said, “Our vision is to make our schools the leading educational institutions in Riyadh. We offer Arabic and international curriculums as well as Islamic studies, creating a balanced education that suits our cultural values.”
Spelling out plans to open more schools in the Kingdom, she said, “Our schools currently consist of three campuses in Riyadh. We are investing approximately SR100 million in building a 25,000 sq. meter campus in the most prestigious area in Riyadh. The campus will have easy access routes and facilities built with the highest International standards of buildings, including classrooms, sport courts, playgrounds, labs, libraries, media centers and a theater.”
Education is the most powerful tool, with the power to change the world, she said.
“Education has the ability to build generations, depending on the manner in which it is provided. It can either establish a remarkable ground for students to develop their countries or become members of no account in society. The educational institution I work in, is proudly considered to be a promoter of the first,” she said.
Touching upon the challenges she faced, Alkraidees said, “In my field, space expansion is necessary for an educational campus to be efficient and provide the maximum benefit for the students, but the lack of municipality-approved lands for campuses places a restriction on schools.”
“Women are now encouraged to play a key role in business, and have been given the capacity to compete in the business market, which has resulted in astounding creativity,” she said.
The schools have 3,000 students and 600 employees. They consist of kindergarten, elementary, secondary and intermediate education levels.
Founded in 1999, the institution obtained accreditation of AdvancED — the largest educational institution in the world — for the school curriculum and teaching system in 2008.
In addition to the global acknowledgement, her schools received formal recognition from the Ministry of Education.
“We also provide UCMAS training for skills development, she said adding,
“We are proud to say that our students were awarded the highest ranking in an educational competition in Malaysia in 2010.”


Saudi Arabia says missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi is dead

Updated 20 October 2018
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Saudi Arabia says missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi is dead

  • The journalist died after a fistfight at the consulate in Istanbul
  • Deputy intelligence chief, royal court adviser removed from positions, 18 Saudis arrested

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia announced on Saturday the death of missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi, saying a preliminary investigation indicated he lost his life after a fight at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
“The discussions between Jamal Khashoggi and those he met at the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul... devolved into a fistfight, leading to his death,” the Saudi Press Agency said, citing the public prosecutor.
Eighteen Saudis have been arrested in connection with the incident and the investigation is ongoing, the public prosecutor said.
“The Kingdom expresses its deep regret at the painful developments that have taken place and stresses the commitment of the authorities in the Kingdom to bring the facts to the public opinion, to hold all those involved accountable and bring them to justice,” a statement on the SPA said.
Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist who lived in the US, disappeared on Oct. 2 after visiting the consulate to complete paperwork related to his divorce.
Deputy intelligence chief Ahmed Al-Asiri was removed from his position and Saud Al-Qahtani from his advisory role at the Royal Court, through royal decrees.
Three other intelligence officials who were also sacked have been named as Mohammad bin Saleh Al-Rumaih, Abdullah bin Khalifa Al-Shaya and Rashad bin Hamed Al-Muhamadi.
King Salman also ordered the creation of a ministerial committee, headed by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, to restructure the country’s General Intelligence agency and issue the results of its work within a month.
Members of the committee include the interior and foreign ministers as well as the heads of the General Intelligence and State Security.
A team of Saudi investigators were sent to Istanbul and have been working on the case with Turkish detectives, who entered the consulate on Thursday.
Earlier in the week, Saudi Arabia promised a thorough and transparent investigation into what happened to the journalist in Turkey.