Making education an enjoyable experience

Updated 29 June 2014
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Making education an enjoyable experience

Faiza Abdul Qayyum, a Ph.D. holder in innovative education, has come up with an innovative activity-based learning program that could turn education into edutainment for students by making it an enjoyable experience with none of the boredom attached.
Originally from India, Faiza in Saudi Arabia has a master’s degree and also a doctorate in education from Washington International University, Pa, told Arab News that games with an element of humor provide relief, thereby creating an environment conducive to the learning process.
“With a balanced classroom approach, built on the potential of all students and based on Multiple Intelligences Theory and their learning styles, an adept teacher can make learning a great experience,” she said.
According to her, the core objective of teaching is transmitting knowledge or wisdom to students. “Saudi Arabia is an economically rich country with very little growth in human resource. Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah, has taken the initiative to improve this reserve and develop it as an asset,” she observed.
The Indian educator said, “Theoretically, it is the 21st century, but our schools here in Saudi Arabia adhere to a pattern of education that is rooted in the 19th & 20th centuries. Our first and most important challenge is to reinvent schools for the 21st century — retrospection about current educational practices is essential for our students to be noteworthy, intelligent contributors in a rapidly transforming world.”
“Making such an ideal move is not going to be easy and it is not enough to say that we are already living there,” she pointed out.
“We need to demonstrate how an innovative learning environment in classrooms, supported by powerful new technologies could revolutionize the art of learning. I believe that the Kingdom has great potential to develop and improve its education system to such international levels that it can be applied to globally accepted curricula.”
She explained that Saudi and expat students have the potential to aspire to these global criterions. “We need to develop an interactive curriculum at upper primary and secondary and high school levels and guide students to apply their knowledge in daily life enriching their life experiences.”
Faiza continued: “I believe that theoretical knowledge is important for use when required whereas practical knowledge is hands-on and can be used in modern everyday life.
The responsibility of imparting education lies with all; if the four-school community groups work together towards the subordinate goals of providing lasting education for future productive global citizens then the Saudi school scenario would become very distinctly dynamic!"
She said that concerted efforts must be made by the society as a whole to motivate the youth to pave the way for a productive future through their seemingly superfluous gadgets and needless online activities. If teachers and schools can provide online learning activities: homework, projects, quizzes or even blogs on their school websites, this would give constructive direction to their online adventures.
With the advent of the web and of mobile/cell phone technologies, approaches to learning have changed drastically, but methods of assessment have not, Faiza noted. "Students are encouraged to collaborate, share knowledge and investigate but, rather than assessing these skills, most institutions still focus on what students memorize for traditional exams."
By giving teachers and students the peace of mind and necessary training-teacher assistants, and resources the school can support in providing effective lessons, she concluded.


Formula E brings racing-themed roadshow to Jeddah

Updated 17 November 2018
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Formula E brings racing-themed roadshow to Jeddah

  • The Road to Ad Diriyah will give Jeddah a taste of the historical three-day festival of racing, live music, culture and entertainment that is set to take place in Ad Diriyah
  • More than 6,000 motorsport fans stormed to Khobar last week for the road show

DUBAI: After a successful run in Khobar last week, Road to Ad Diriyah, a racing-themed entertainment event, is set to visit Jeddah as the country gears up for all-electric street car-racing activities in December.
More than 6,000 motorsport fans stormed to Khobar last week for the road show, which featured racing-themed activities heralding the upcoming 2018 Saudia Ad Diriyah E-Prix on Dec. 13 to 15, a first-of-its-kind sporting event in the Middle East.
The Jeddah edition opens on Nov. 22, with most of the activities from the previous one, as well as an e-sports competition whose winner will take home SAR 1,000,000.


The ABB FIA Formula E Road to Ad Diriyah e-sports championship allows fans to command a SAR 250,000 professional racing simulator. The 16 best participants will then be invited to Ad Diriyah in December for the grand finals.
The Road to Ad Diriyah will give Jeddah a taste of what the historical three-day festival of racing, live music, culture and entertainment that is set to take place in Ad Diriyah will be like.
Bavaria Zaman, who visited the Khobar show with husband Rashid Khan and kids Nawal, Daiin and Nashin, said: “I think it’s fantastic. The kids are running around and having fun.”
The upcoming E-Prix is the first in a 10-year partnership between ABB FIA Formula E and the General Sports Authority of Saudi Arabia (GSA) and the Saudi Arabian Motor Federation (SAMF).