Illiteracy rate drops to 3.21% in KSA

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Updated 07 September 2015

Illiteracy rate drops to 3.21% in KSA

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia will join the international community in celebrating International Literacy Day on Sunday, Sept. 8.

Undersecretary at the Ministry of Education, Abdul Rahman bin Mohammed Al-Barrak, said the Kingdom was able to successfully reduce the illiteracy rate from as high as 60 percent to 3.21 percent in 1435 AH (2014), due in large part to the support of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman and the efforts of Education Minister Azzam Al-Dakhil.
He said the Kingdom is still doing its best to achieve its goal of completely eliminating illiteracy.
Starting from the second semester of the current academic year 1436/1437 AH, he said a number of comprehensive activities will be launched as part of the Arab Decade Project endorsed by Arab leaders during the 2015 Arab Summit Conference in Sharm El-Sheikh to eradicate illiteracy.
As for the annual International Literacy Day celebrations, Al-Barrak said the event is a great occasion to exchange global and regional experiences and latest developments, as well as provide opportunities for coordination and mobilization of civil society groups to promote literacy, education and raise awareness.
He said all departments of education will hold different educational activities, and will include participation of specialists, community members and media organizations.

FaceOf: Fahad bin Sulaiman Altekhaifi, president of the General Authority for Statistics 

Updated 22 August 2018

FaceOf: Fahad bin Sulaiman Altekhaifi, president of the General Authority for Statistics 

Fahad bin Sulaiman Altekhaifi has been the president of the General Authority for Statistics (GASTAT) since his appointment to the post in May 2016.

On Monday GASTAT announced this year’s Hajj statistics, revealing detailed information on the number of pilgrims (which amounted to 2,371,675) performing Hajj this year, their genders, nationalities and whether they arrived through air, land or seaports.

The president conveyed his gratitude to all government and security entities that helped the authority to collect data, and praised the 450 GASTAT researchers who worked to compile the information and deliver it to the public.

He said that the collected data would help facilitate better experiences and easier pilgrimages for future programs, and better services for pilgrims — from social to health, and transportation to security and food.

Altekhaifi received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from King Saud University in 1992, a master’s degree in statistics from Colorado State University in 1996, and his applied statistics and research methodology Ph.D. from the University of Northern Colorado in 2001.

He worked as a manager of a financial program at the Institute of Public Administration in Riyadh from 1993 to 2005. For two years after that, he was a project director at the EIS department in Zuhair Fayez Partnership Consultants.

In 2007, Altekhaifi was appointed a manager of the research department at the Capital Market Authority, before becoming assistant deputy minister for development in November 2011. 

In June 2015, he was the director general of the Central Department of Statistics and Information. He served as the acting president of GASTAT in February 2016, before being appointed president on May 2016.