Smart park for people with special needs demanded

Updated 01 January 2015
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Smart park for people with special needs demanded

People with special needs are calling for a smart park modeled on the pattern of Prince Saud bin Naif Park established by Al Turki Group in the Eastern Province. The park, the first of its kind in the Kingdom specifically meets the needs of people with disabilities.
They have also asked the Eastern Province municipality to take into account other conditions of disabled people and not only consider the construction of wheelchair corridors in parks.
Speaking on the need of a park for the disabled, Hesa Al-Jamaan said: “When a blind person goes to smart parks, he wants to enjoy himself without assistance.” Sharing his opinion, Abdulrahman Al Suwailem said that the idea of smart parks was excellent allowing the visually challenged to enjoy themselves and spend time with others.
Abdulrahman also asked for a poetry forum for the talented individuals among them.
Bandar Al-Shammari, park supervisor and social responsibility department manager at the Al Turki group, said that Prince Saud bin Naif Park was designed to cater to everyone, regardless of gender, age, or cultural background, and to provide full accessibility for people with disabilities.
“It breaks away from traditional design to facilitate education and learning while promoting individual and collective initiatives that are based on nurturing a culture of development and sustainability,” he explained.
“The park represents life and vitality. The beautiful sound of trickling water flowing in semi-circular ripples from our octagonal fountain in the center of the park is intended to lift the human spirit. It blends wonderfully with the fresh air highlighting a marvelous aspect of our Islamic heritage in its use of water,” Al-Shammari said.
He added that the Al Turki group wanted the park to be a beacon of learning and knowledge where visitors can acquire new skills and universal human values to help them become a more positive force in their communities.
“We believe that civilized communities should facilitate access to public places for learning and entertainment for persons with disabilities in accordance with international standards,” he stressed.
He explained that in order to create a positive model for the integration of people with disabilities within their communities, the park was designed to include tools and services such as a special entrance for wheelchair users, insulation of ground tracks and cautionary points throughout the park for the visually impaired; installation of an audio system that works automatically to guide visitors throughout the park walls and a visual presentation to translate written text into sign language for the hearing impaired.
“The 4000 square meter park is available for all artists to present their activities free of charge. In addition, all government agencies that need to present valuable programs for the community should communicate with the park management. All constructive suggestions are welcomed,” he concluded.


Saudi Arabia plans to introduce Chinese into the curriculum at all education levels

Updated 22 February 2019
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Saudi Arabia plans to introduce Chinese into the curriculum at all education levels

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia and China on Friday agreed to include the Chinese language as a curriculum at all stages of education in schools and universities across the Kingdom.
The agreement came during a meeting between Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and a high-level Chinese delegation in the capital Beijing, in a bid to strengthen bilateral friendship and cooperation and deepen the strategic partnership at all levels between both countries.
The move aims to enable a comprehensive strategic partnership to achieve the aspirations of the Saudi and Chinese leaderships and seize the promising opportunities between their two peoples, a relationship which has extended for decades.
The inclusion of the Chinese language will enhance the cultural diversity of students in the Kingdom and contribute to the achievement of the future national goals in the field of education for the Vision 2030.
The introduction of Chinese into the curriculum is an important step toward opening new academic horizons for students of various educational levels in the Kingdom.
Learning Chinese will serve as a bridge between the two peoples and would contribute to increasing trade and cultural ties.