SFDA launches ‘Healthy Food Strategy’

The companies signing the voluntary pledge include Nestlé Middle East, Mars Saudi Arabia, Mondelez Arabia, Ferrero, Kellogg’s Arabia, PepsiCo. International, Coca-Cola, Unilever, and Freeze Land.
Updated 24 September 2018
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SFDA launches ‘Healthy Food Strategy’

The Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA) launched its “Healthy Food Strategy” at a ceremony on Sept. 12, held under the patronage of Minister of Health and SFDA Chairman Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah.

A number of leading global food and beverage manufacturers and importers also signed a voluntary pledge with the SFDA that includes reducing sugar, salt and fat content in their products, and placing clear nutritional labels on them. 

The Healthy Food Strategy is in line with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030, which aims to reduce sugar, salt, saturated and trans fats in products, entice the country’s food manufacturers and importers to support that goal, list calories on menus in restaurants and cafes, and identify calorie-intake recommendations for individuals through a national survey that assesses the country’s nutritional status.

The companies signing the voluntary pledge include Nestlé Middle East, Mars Saudi Arabia, Mondelez Arabia, Ferrero, Kellogg’s Arabia, PepsiCo. International, Coca-Cola, Unilever, and Freeze Land.

“We are honored to partner with the SFDA and support its Healthy Food Strategy,” said Rocco Rinaldi, secretary general of the International Food and Beverage Alliance (IFBA). “All IFBA members operating in the GCC are committed to doing our part and this is reflected in our voluntary pledge on product reformulation, nutrition labeling, responsible marketing, and the promotion of a healthy lifestyle within communities.”


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
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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.”