KSRelief launches $262m child development program in Yemen

Updated 22 November 2017
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KSRelief launches $262m child development program in Yemen

RIYADH: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) will set up 116 projects totaling $262 million in education, protection and early recovery for children in war-ravaged Yemen.
To mark International Children’s Day, KSRelief reviewed its relief and humanitarian projects, worth a total of $262,474,014, for Yemeni children at its headquarters in Riyadh on Tuesday.
The UNESCO-supervised presentation was attended by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the International Medical Corps (IMC), the US Agency for International Development (USAID), the UK Department for International Development, the High Relief Committee of the Republic of Yemen and the UNICEF.
Abdullah Al-Rwailly, KSRelief director of community support, highlighted the children taken from schools in Yemen and the number of damaged schools there. He talked about KSRelief’s support of children in the region and in Yemen in particular, and discussed the center’s projects including education and night classes.
In September, KSRelief freed and rehabilitated 40 Yemeni children who had been conscripted by Houthi militias. The children were sent back to their schools and reintroduced to their peers.
Over the course of a month, the children completed psychological, educational, social and sports courses in their reintegration programs, which were supervised by qualified psychologists in accordance with international standards.
The children had been forced into the service of Houthi militias, made to take part in fighting and deployed to supply the militias with ammunition and food. According to Yemeni government estimates, more than 10,000 children have been conscripted by Houthis to fight in their ranks.


Misk Global Forum: UAE Higher Education Minister aces ‘job interview’

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Misk Global Forum: UAE Higher Education Minister aces ‘job interview’

RIYADH: The opening session on the second day of the Misk Global Forum began with a brain teaser – how many golf balls can you fit in a school bus? – as part of a job interview, but not just with any applicant.

Dr. Ahmad Belhoul Al-Falasi, the UAE’s Minister of State for Higher Education and Advanced Skills, talked about higher learning and his career in the format of a job interview, conducted by moderator Razan Alayed, an advisor to the Education and Human Resources Council in the UAE.

Al-Falasi said he was surprised that even though he went to very good schools and had a PhD in engineering, he got rejected when applying to many companies because they said he was overqualified. He realized he was underqualified in consulting, so he started to work on that. His learning? “People appreciated the skills I had, not my education.”  

Still, Al-Falasi said it’s important to have a specialization in higher education. “You need a core major. Academic background is still important.”  

To be successful, he said a person needs to be confident and passionate, and that it’s important to have skills of negotiation and articulation.

“I’m not the smartest person,” he said, rather modestly. “If I have to pick one skill, it will be my capacity to adapt.”

Al-Falasi said technology is helping education evolve: “Today with technology, you can have access to the best classes in the world. Data is also important, many say. A lot of technology is built on understanding.”  

At the end of his interview, when Al-Falasi was asked about his salary expectation. Without pause, he said if it’s for a job at Misk, the figure doesn’t matter.

“We all feel very passionate and positive today, especially with what’s happening in Misk,” he said. “All eyes are on Saudi Arabia today.”