1,564 Saudis participate in summer literacy campaign in Hail

The campaign aims to eliminate illiteracy and spread knowledge and education in villages and remote areas around the Kingdom. (SPA)
Updated 17 July 2017
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1,564 Saudis participate in summer literacy campaign in Hail

JEDDAH: A summer campaign to raise awareness about adult literacy in Hail targeted more than 1,564 citizens, including 773 males and 791 female in education centers.
The director of adult education in Hail and the executive supervisor on the summer campaign, Hamoud bin Naif Al-Ali, said the campaign has seen growing demand by students who exceed the regular age for education.
The campaign continues until Dul Hijjah 4 with the aim of eliminating illiteracy in the Kingdom, and spreading knowledge and education in villages and remote areas.
Munera Al-Mujhidi, director of women’s adult education and the executive supervisor of the awareness campaign and women’s literacy in Alhaiyet and Alslaim, said the campaign focused on teaching students reading, writing and arithmetic, in addition to correct Islamic creed and educating them in general.
She noted the efforts made by the Ministry of Education for female adult education to eliminate illiteracy among women, in partnership government agencies that provide services to female students.


Green light for crown prince-led Saudi privatization program

Updated 25 April 2018
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Green light for crown prince-led Saudi privatization program

  • The Privatization Program is one of 12 key elements of the Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030
  • The program is aimed at increasing job opportunities for Saudi nationals

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Council of Economic and Development Affairs on Tuesday approved the Privatization Program that is one of 12 key elements of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030. 

The program is aimed at increasing job opportunities for Saudi nationals, attracting the latest technologies and innovations, and supporting economic development.

It encourages both local and foreign investment in order to enhance the role of the private sector, with government entities adopting a regulatory and supervisory role. The aim is to increase the private sector’s contribution to GDP from 40 percent to 65 percent by 2030. 

The program will aim to reach its objectives through encouraging the private sector to invest in establishing new schools, universities and health centers, while the government pursues its organizational and supervisory role in health and education.

The privatization program aims to benefit from previous success stories, with the private sector’s collaboration in the development of infrastructure, and its involvement on a large scale in sectors such as energy, water, transport, telecommunications, petrochemicals and finance.

The program sets out a series of objectives in three areas: Developing a general legal framework for policies related to privatization; establishing organizational foundations and dedicated institutions to execute the policies; and setting a timescale for their delivery. 

The Council of Economic and Development Affairs is headed by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.