Education Ministry OKs transport agreements for female teachers

Updated 24 August 2015
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Education Ministry OKs transport agreements for female teachers

JEDDAH: The Ministry of Education is moving forward on implementing the teacher transport project by appealing to transport companies with years of experience in the educational transportation field.
Officials overseeing the King Abdullah Program for Educational Development, Tatweer, and responsible for the issue of transportation at the Ministry of Education, had conducted numerous meetings and interviews over the past few months with officials at teacher transport companies in Asir. Following a competitive bidding period, the companies — which had all united under the umbrella of one specialized company — emerged successful and were granted licenses from the Ministry of Transport as the first company in Asir to transport teachers.
Sources reveal the Ministry of Education’s transport project in Asir is still in its first phase, which includes giving these companies the green light to carry out their activities in accordance with direct contracts between the teacher and the company. A development company is working on evaluating the work of the new company via field visits.
As per the requirements of the Tatweer project, transportation companies are required to provide newer model vehicles, equip them with monitoring systems, and establish an operations room to monitor vehicles. No more than nine teachers may be present in the vehicle at once, while emergency service sites are to be set up and a number of empty vehicles will be present along the road for use in any emergency situation.
Director of the teachers’ transport company in Asir, Turki Al-Ghamdi, said the company has sought to comply with all requirements and regulations set by the Ministry of Transport and Roads, and the company will employ Saudi drivers who have the necessary driving and technical skills and whose family situations allow them to commit to daily work.
He said his company is facing harassment from other companies and individuals who carry out teacher transportation activities. These companies have no licenses as they were not able to provide the necessary guarantees to obtain them, but offer attractive and lower prices in order to win customers, he explained.


King Salman’s support vital to national heritage achievements

The program aims to protect, promote and develop cultural heritage and make it part of the life and memory of citizens. (Supplied)
Updated 17 October 2018
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King Salman’s support vital to national heritage achievements

  • The Saudi leadership made key decisions to protect antiquities and historical sites
  • Saudi Arabia aims to conduct awareness campaigns, establish museums and develop them in a modern way to attract citizens and visitors

JEDDAH: The achievements made in Saudi Arabia’s national heritage sector, and the prizes and awards that have been won as result, are thanks to the support and efforts of King Salman, said Prince Sultan bin Salman, president of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH).
His comments came as the king received the Sharjah International Award for Cultural Heritage, which was awarded in recognition of the Custodian of The Two Holy Mosques cultural heritage program.
King Salman oversaw the creation of the antiquities and heritage sector 50 years ago and stood firmly against the elimination or extinction of archaeological and heritage sites, Prince Sultan said, and has made historical and important decisions to protect antiquities since the era of the late King Saud.
This support culminated in the adoption of the innovative Custodian of The Two Holy Mosques for the Care of Cultural Heritage program, implemented by the commission to bring about a qualitative shift in projects and programs devoted to national cultural heritage.
Prince Sultan said: “The award is a result of King Salman’s follow-up and support to the program, which the SCTH and our team have translated into projects and initiatives carried out in cooperation with highly professional partners, in order to preserve, restore and develop the national heritage and make it a reality that connects citizens to their country’s history and heritage.”
He said the SCTH has built upon the great efforts of the institutions that preceded it in taking care of the nation’s antiquities, as well as individual efforts to preserve national heritage.
“Today, we reap the fruits of these efforts: The culture we have learnt from King Salman and previous leaders, which has taught us to complete the work and loyalty of all those who built and achieved before us,” he said.
Dr. Sultan bin Mohammed Al-Qasimi, a member of the Federal Supreme Council and ruler of Sharjah, announced that the Sharjah International Award for Cultural Heritage had been awarded to the Custodian of The Two Holy Mosques Program for the Care of Cultural Heritage during a ceremony on April 22, 2018.
The program aims to protect, promote and develop cultural heritage and make it part of the life and memory of citizens. It also conducts awareness campaigns, establishes museums and develops them in a modern way to attract citizens and visitors, prepares Islamic historical sites to welcome visitors, and preserves culturally important buildings and towns to showcase the role of the Kingdom as a crossroads for civilizations through the ages and achieve a qualitative shift in the field, contributing to economic growth.