Saudi research center launches app for students with learning difficulties

Updated 06 May 2019

Saudi research center launches app for students with learning difficulties

  • The program is supported by the aerospace giant Boeing under a memorandum of understanding signed with the center

RIYADH: The King Salman Center for Disability Research (KSCDR) announced the launch of an interactive smartphone application for learning difficulties on Sunday — an updated version of an app used by KSCDR since 2013.
The announcement came during a speech by Ola Sukkar, KSCDR general executive director and director of research and training, at a panel discussion titled “Road map Towards the Hoped-For,” organized with the Arab Bureau of Education for the Gulf States (ABEGS) in cooperation with the Ministry of Education to celebrate the Gulf Day of Learning Disabilities, “We Can,” held annually on May 3.
The panel discussion aimed to unify efforts to improve and develop services for students with learning disabilities and their families.
Representatives of KSCDR presented a brief introduction on their research and training programs, which have been provided through the National Program for Learning Disabilities since its inception in 2012.
The program is supported by the aerospace giant Boeing under a memorandum of understanding signed with the center.
The original version of the app was the first Arabic-language awareness-raising app for learning disabilities, and a vital source of information for families and teachers, providing a database of various information.
The new version offers effective counselling and teaching strategies through evidence-based practices illustrated in videos, in addition to a number of measurement tools and primary indicators to identify learning difficulties in early stages of development.
The panel discussion identified the research and training priorities needed by people with learning disabilities, teachers, and specialists to launch an action plan to achieve maximum benefit.
Attendees stressed the need to coordinate and combine the efforts of relevant bodies to address learning disorders, and highlighted the importance of specialized educational research to improve teaching standards.


GEA and Misk launch ‘Entertainment Pioneers’ program

Updated 26 June 2019

GEA and Misk launch ‘Entertainment Pioneers’ program

RIYADH: The General Authority for Entertainment (GEA) launched its “Entertainment Pioneers” program, in partnership with the Initiatives Center at the Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Foundation (Misk).

The program aims to prepare citizens, and especially fresh graduates, to work with the most renowned international companies in the field of entertainment, to gain experience, develop their skills in the field, and enable them to integrate this sector and contribute to its development and prosperity.

The program is part of GEA’s strategy to develop the sector of entertainment in accordance with the best international standards, and to provide it with qualified national competencies in this field, to meet the objectives of the Quality of Life program, a basic part of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.

The first stage of the program will kick off in collaboration with a leading American entertainment company that employs 44,000 people worldwide, and that has a record of more than 30,000 entertainment programs and 100 festivals, with its sales surpassing of 500 million tickets per year.

In addition, various international companies are participating in the event, in order to train Saudis in the tasks of planning, organization and management of entertainment programs and projects.

As part of its plans to develop and increase the size of local content in the entertainment sector, GEA is launching several other initiatives to train Saudi cadres develop their skills, and to integrate the job market especially in small and medium enterprises in the field of entertainment.

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