MODON signs MoU to enable SMEs within industrial cities in Jazan

Eng. Khalid bin Mohammed Al-Salem, director general of MODON, and Aisha bint Mohammed Al-Shabaili, founder of the Saudi Women’s Innovation Foundation, sign the MoU.
Updated 31 December 2017

MODON signs MoU to enable SMEs within industrial cities in Jazan

The Saudi Industrial Property Authority “MODON” signed at its headquarters in Riyadh a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Saudi Women's Innovation Foundation to work on the development of industry and industrialists in Jazan and enable small and medium enterprises to start their investments within industrial cities in the region.
The memorandum, signed by Eng. Khalid bin Mohammed Al-Salem, director general of MODON, and Aisha bint Mohammed Al-Shabaili, founder of the Saudi Women's Innovation Foundation, states that MODON will seek to find a suitable location for the center in the industrial city of Jazan and commits to equip it with all the necessary equipment, as well as train and rehabilitate those enrolled in the center.
Al-Salem said that MODON’s signing of this memorandum is part of its system to develop and improve performance in its industrial cities and to make model cities that meet the highest standards in the level of services provided to industrialists and investors, stressing MODON’s determination to move ahead with initiatives through ambitious goals to deal with the challenges ahead and expand the delivery of services and facilities within its industrial cities.
The director general of MODON pointed out that this project would support industrialization, push it toward overall quality, and make it a priority for future development in the Jazan region, which will provide an opportunity for young Saudi men and women to make their way to the future.
The project aims to create women's employment opportunities in the field of knitting, mattresses and household furniture for people with limited income through free training, thereby benefiting the families of the martyrs, orphanages and prisoners. The center will also serve more than 18 governorates in the Jazan region and will include training of 150 young Saudi men and women annually and qualify them with advanced qualification, ending in recruitment.
MODON signed this memorandum as part of its initiatives to promote the industrial system, investment climate, community service programs, and support small enterprises and social responsibility initiatives.

Alef Education launches first project in US

From right, Geoffrey Alphonso, CEO of Alef Education; Geoffrey Canada, president of the Harlem Children’s Zone and chairman of NexGen Education; and Hanut Singh, CEO of NexGen Education and CEO of QBS Learning.
Updated 17 October 2018

Alef Education launches first project in US

Alef Education, a UAE-based education technology company, has announced the launch of its Alef education system in the US.

The system will be used at Harlem Children’s Zone (HCZ) schools in New York city, starting Oct. 15.

The Alef education system brings together a blend of the latest technology and pedagogical approaches geared toward learners of today. A key component of the system is the “Alef Platform,” which has three main pillars: 

•A fun and easy-to-use digital learning environment 

•High-quality digital content developed to engage and stimulate learning with a blend of videos, interactivities and games. 

•Real time data provided within each lesson to truly enable educators to support personalized learning and identify student strengths and weaknesses. 

The partnership between Alef Education and the Harlem Children’s Zone schools started in 2017 when leaders of those organizations met. The meeting included a review of best practices in pedagogy, instructional design, the use of technology, and the best ways to identify difficult concepts and detect struggling students early using data. 

Alef Education identified NexGen, an education technology startup based in New York City, as its US-based partner to carry forward the implementation of the program at the Harlem Children’s Zone schools and other school systems across the US. 

Geoffrey Alphonso, chief executive of Alef Education, said: “As a leading education technology company, we want to play a significant role in the creation of the next generation of innovative individuals around the world, and continue to provide the latest innovations in artificial intelligence-based and technology-driven education solutions within a holistic education system.” 

He added: “The implementation of our innovative education system in the Harlem Children’s Zone schools in New York city speaks of a quantum leap in our long-term mission to leverage technology to provide students with the personalized education they need to succeed, while also empowering teachers with real-time, actionable data.” 

Geoffrey Canada, president of the Harlem Children’s Zone schools in New York and chairman of NexGen Education, named one of the world’s most influential people by Time magazine and as one of the 50 greatest leaders by Fortune magazine, said: “We are pleased to welcome Alef Education’s innovative education system into our schools in New York as of October 2018. Education systems across the world are witnessing unprecedented transformations and a transition to a more dynamic education based on new technologies. In this context, we have decided to adopt this program to further enrich the resources available to our students to ensure they have access to the best the digital education industry has to offer.”