Our mission is to reach everyone across the globe: Sal Khan

Sal Khan, founder of Khan Academy, speaks at the Misk Global Forum in Riyadh on Wednesday. (AN photo)
Updated 16 November 2017
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Our mission is to reach everyone across the globe: Sal Khan

RIYADH: With online learning revolutionizing access to education, prominent American educator and Khan Academy founder Sal Khan reaffirmed on Wednesday that his mission is to reach everyone with his idea of e-learning.
Speaking at a keynote session titled “Education Re-imagined” on the opening day of the Misk Global Forum 2017 in Riyadh, Khan, who runs his academy as a free online education platform, explained how he runs the academy, which according to him has 60 million registered learners in more than 100 countries.
While sharing his experience, Khan said he began with tutorials for his cousin through online videos but growing demand from relatives and friends prompted him to come up with a YouTube channel to distribute lessons.
His organization has produced more than 6,500 video lessons teaching a wide spectrum of subjects especially mathematics, science and computing.
Speaking in front of a huge gathering of Saudi youths as an icon with an inspiring story, Khan said, in a few years he had millions of viewers that inspired him to concentrate on developing the Khan Academy as a non-profit organization.
During his presentation, he iterated that online learning complements rather than competes with traditional education, adding that this online access to education helps individuals learn diversified skills.
During his talk, he shared a video of Bill Gates, how he was impressed with Khan Academy’s idea of online learning and later turned to be a big supporter of his charitable work, which he is doing for free and for everyone.
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Google helped Khan Academy flourish, he said, adding that they also get generous donations from others, which help run the program.
He also shared videos of students who benefited from the academy with their reactions on how the academy is helping students in learning lessons.
Khan is a Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) graduate with a management degree from Harvard Business School.


King of Latin pop Enrique Iglesias launches Ad Diriyah festival

Spanish superstar Enrique Iglesias performs at the launch of a three-day festival of music, culture and motorsport on Thursday in Ad Diriyah, near Riyadh. (Twitter)
Updated 14 December 2018
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King of Latin pop Enrique Iglesias launches Ad Diriyah festival

  • Enrique Iglesias took the stage in an outdoor arena in historic Ad Diriyah
  • The cheers were deafening, the excitement electric and the performance magical

RIYADH: Spanish superstar Enrique Iglesias launched a three-day festival  of music, culture and motorsport on Thursday with a stunning concert at an outdoor arena in historic Ad Diriyah.

The king of Latin pop took the stage by storm and stole the hearts of thousands in the crowd, whose screams could be heard from a long way away. “I love you Enrique,” a group of girls in the audience shouted.

As he waved his hand back and forth in the air, the crowd started doing the same while jumping up and down. The cheers were deafening, the excitement electric and the performance magical. 

No theatrics were excluded as displays of fireworks and lasers wowed the audience. The singer asked the crowd if they spoke Spanish, and everyone screamed “Yes.”

While stage smoke poured into the arena a female performer sang a duet with Iglesias, who then delighted the crowd with some impromptu salsa dancing in front of the stage.

Fans waved their uplifted phones with their screens and flashes along with the music, while others tried to capture the performance.

“You can run, you can hide but you can’t escape my love,” sang Iglesias while the crowd screamed.

Earlier the R&B singer, songwriter and dancer Jason Derulo persuaded the crowd to put on their dancing shoes with an energetic set.

“Saudi, whassup! This is a dream come true for me! Since we are in Saudi Arabia I want to do things a little different,” he told the audience. He said his mother taught him to never visit empty handed, so his gift to Saudi Arabia was the debut performance of a new song.

Thursday’s entertainment will be followed on Friday by shows from Arab music star Amr Diab and the Black Eyed Peas. The climax of the festival comes on Saturday with the Saudia Ad Diriyah Formula E Grand Prix motor race, followed by headline performances by OneRepublic and the megastar DJ/producer David Guetta.