Dar Al-Hekma launches 7th Ideal Teacher Program

Dr. Suhair Al-Qurashi, second from right, with participating staff members at the launch of the Ideal Teacher Program Seventh Session.
Updated 20 November 2018
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Dar Al-Hekma launches 7th Ideal Teacher Program

The Ideal Teacher Center, an affiliate of Dar Al-Hekma University, marked World Teachers’ Day by launching the Ideal Teacher Program Seventh Session under the theme “Innovative Learning Institution.”

Monetary prizes for innovative schools and teachers were announced — SR10,000 ($2,665) for first place; SR7,000 for second; and SR5,000 for third. A large number of faculty members attended the event. 

Dr. Sanaa Askool, director of the consultation and business development center, delivered the opening speech on behalf of Dr. Suhair Al-Qurashi, president of Dar Al-Hekma University, in which she talked briefly about the history of the nonprofit center, which was established in 2015. 

Dr. Askool stressed the important this partnership between Dar Al-Hekma and the Jeddah Educational Office, noting that this partnership is based on the importance of creating an innovative learning institution where each member plays a role in producing knowledge. Around 20,000 men and women have benefited from the various programs offered by the Ideal Teacher Center. The center’s mission and objectives focus on developing and training leaders and faculty members in order to prepare modern teachers who will in their turn prepare a promising generation, she said. 

Dr. Mona Karim, director of the Ideal Teacher Center, gave a short brief about the center’s programs, the courses and educational workshops offered by the center, which focus on meeting the needs of female teachers. The center organized trips for teachers to travel to Japan, Finland and other countries to hone their skills over there and apply international experiences to local schools when they return home, Dr. Karim said.

Different segments were organized during the event such as “The Best Nation” play, supervised by Samira Fikri, and “Blessing of Change” initiative, which reflects the social partnership between Dar Al-Hekma University and various educational institutions. 


Ford trains 1,600 motorists in Mideast, Africa in 2018

Updated 11 December 2018
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Ford trains 1,600 motorists in Mideast, Africa in 2018

Ford Driving Skills for Life (DSFL) has wrapped up a successful 2018 having added programs in two new markets — Morocco and Madagascar — as well as having launched a women-only program in Saudi Arabia. The training program reached more than 1,600 inexperienced motorists in 10 cities around the Middle East and Africa.

Providing free training and instilling safe driving practices, the DSFL program offered an opportunity to gain experience in the four main primary driving skills: Hazard recognition, vehicle handling, speed management, and space management.

This year, Ford DSFL was run in the UAE (Dubai), Kenya (Nairobi), Uganda (Gulu Town), and four cities in South Africa (Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, Rustenburg, and Pretoria), while Casablanca welcomed Morocco’s first-ever DSFL for three days of training in October. 

Antananarivo in Madagascar also joined the DSFL family when it played host to 50 members of the media, and a train-the-trainer for distributor staff, in September, becoming the eighth market in sub-Saharan Africa alone to benefit from the introduction of Ford’s program.

In addition, on its return to Jeddah, Ford hosted the global debut of its DSFL for Her, a new customized version of Ford’s award-winning safe-driving initiative, helping to build confidence behind the wheel as participants in the Kingdom prepared to be among the first-ever women to be issued a driving license in the country.

The DSFL for Her course followed the landmark decision last year, as decreed by King Salman to lift the ban on females driving in Saudi Arabia.

“Safety continues to be a key priority for Ford, and providing campaigns such as DSFL can only help reduce the number of road accidents, and increase young drivers’ knowledge and confidence on the road,” said Jim Graham, global manager, Ford Driving Skills for Life. 

“Ford also made history in 2018 when it hosted the first-ever practical hands-on driving training for women in Saudi Arabia — DSFL for Her — specifically designed to accommodate Saudi females embarking on their first journey behind the wheel of a car. These are the kinds of occasions that make Ford exceptionally proud of the success DSFL has enjoyed this year, as the program continues its rapid expansion, and evolves to adapt to the needs of the markets in which it operates,” Graham added.

Ford Driving Skills for Life was established in 2003 by Ford Motor Company Fund, Governors Highway Safety Association, and a panel of safety experts to teach newly licensed drivers necessary skills beyond standard driver education programs. In 2008, the program expanded to Asia Pacific, and in 2013, Ford DSFL branched out into both Europe and the Middle East.

In 2017, the free program celebrated reaching the one-millionth newly licensed driver trained.