Saudi Education Ministry to activate culture of dialogue, communication

Updated 25 September 2017

Saudi Education Ministry to activate culture of dialogue, communication

RIYADH: Deputy Minister of Education Abdulrahman Al-Asimi has directed the education administrations in all regions and provinces to activate the ministry’s project that focuses on dialogue and communication.
The project seeks to promote a culture of dialogue in the educational community and furnish male and female students with the required skills for effective dialogue and communication.
The project aims to deepen pride in religion; loyalty to the king and homeland; spread a culture of dialogue and communication skills; enhance the ethics of dialogue among community members; respect ideas and opinions of others; and renounce intolerance and imposition of opposing opinions.
The project also intends to immunize school community members from negative ideas, and furnish students with the required skills of effective dialogue and communication. The project targets all educational workers, general education students and community members.
Functions of the project should boost Islamic principles, values and focus on trends that enhance the values of citizenship. The project should review all printed and audio-visual items to ensure that they are free of any content running counter to religion, the homeland and education policy.
The project should also make sure that the functions address diversity, attraction and creativity, and should be a stimulus for participation of the gifted, persons of special needs and community members.

Saudi Arabia shoots down Houthi drone headed toward Jazan

Updated 9 min 26 sec ago

Saudi Arabia shoots down Houthi drone headed toward Jazan

  • Attack is the latest in a salvo of missiles and drones targeting civilian sites in the Kingdom
  • US has expressed increasing concern at the Iran-backed militia's behavior

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia's air defense forces shot down a "hostile drone" launched by the Houthi militia in Yemen towards Jazan on Thursday.

The drone was intercepted and destroyed at 9.06 p.m., Arab coalition spokesman Col. Turki Al-Maliki said. He added that the Iran-backed Houthis are constantly trying to hit civilian targets.

The attempted attack comes as the Houthis have ramped up efforts to hit inside the Kingdom since they struck Abha airport last week, wounding 26 people.

Earlier, the coalition said the Houthis targeted a desalination plant in the south-western Saudi province of Jazan. The projectile struck near the plant in the Al-Shuqaiq area late Wednesday. There were no casualties or damage.
The coalition will take "firm measures, urgent and timely, to deter this terrorist militia", Maliki said.

The White House said Thursday that President Donald Trump had been briefed about reports of the strike.
Human Rights Watch denounced last week's strike on the airport as an apparent "war crime", urging the Houthis to immediately stop all attacks on civilian infrastructure in Saudi Arabia.

The Houthis have fired scores of missiles at Saudi Arabia since the Arab coalition joined the conflict in 2015 - months after the Houthis overthrew the internationally recognized government from the capital Sanaa.

The Houthis rely on Iranian support and weapons and their targeting of Saudi Arabia has added to growing international anger and concern over Iran's actions in the region.