KFF, IB launch pilot project

Updated 19 October 2015

KFF, IB launch pilot project

RIYADH: In an effort to boost educational standards in Saudi schools, the King Faisal Foundation (KFF) has teamed up with International Baccalaureate (IB) to run an ambitious education project for a cluster of 18 schools in the first phase.

The project supports IB’s commitment to giving more Arabic-speaking students access to a globally valued IB education.
Speaking about this tie-up between KFF and IB, Adrian Kearney, IB’s regional director, said here Sunday: “We are extremely pleased with the positive development of this pivotal project in Saudi Arabia … and it underpins our aim to gradually transform education in Saudi Arabia to be the best in class worldwide.”
He said that a series of workshops have been lined up this year and next year under this program. Workshops will continue monthly until the end of May 2016 and will involve over 540 school leaders and teachers in preparing them to apply for their schools' IB candidacy in 2016, said Kearney, while referring to the second phase of the joint project.
The project aims to increase access to an IB education for Saudi students and make a wider impact on the quality of education in the Kingdom.
A total of 18 schools across the country were invited to join the project and receive a series of leadership and pedagogy workshops that are funded by KFF.
The first leadership workshop, “Leading for learning in the 21st Century,” was run in Dammam, Riyadh and Jeddah from Oct. 3 to 4. Ministry of Education officials and school leaders from each of the regions and the 18 schools worked together to explore the theories and practices that support the IB Primary Years Program (PYP).
The workshop was organized and delivered by leaders of IB World Schools in the region, who facilitate “new thinking” and discussions on what schools can do to support the transition from teacher directed classroom practices to child-centered learning experiences.
Founded in 1968, the IB is a non-profit foundation, which offers four high quality and challenging education programs for a worldwide community of schools. Currently, more than 1 million IB students attend more than 4,000 schools in 147 countries.
The King Faisal Foundation (KFF) is an international philanthropic organization established in 1976 with the mission of preserving and perpetuating King Faisal’s legacy. It has been involved in several welfare projects across the world besides giving the prestigious King Faisal Award every year.

Makkah all set for its first flower festival

Sea of flowers at Muzdalifah district in Makkah. (AN Photo by Abdulmohsen Doman)
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Makkah all set for its first flower festival

  • A symposium on environmental planning, and the design of green spaces such as parks, gardens and squares will also be held
  • The flower festival continues until March 23

MAKKAH: A carpet of flowers featuring 1 million blooms will be one of the main attractions as Makkah hosts its first flower festival.

The event, which begins on Tuesday at Muzdalifah, has been organized by the city’s municipality in cooperation with the Arab Urban Development Institute and King Saud University. It will be officially opened by Makkah Gov. Prince Khalid Al-Faisal.

Raed Samarqandi, the director of the municipality’s department of media and publications, said that the festival is unique and has serious objectives.

“It aims to improve the environment, fight pollution and show an image that suits the value of the city and its holy sites,” he explained. “The festival will coincide with the 20th symposium on afforestation, titled “Suitable afforestation for the environmental conditions of Makkah — the central region and holy sites,” on March 19 and 20.

The symposium will feature representatives of governmental sectors and scientific bodies and include discussion of papers addressing many the issues in the city, such as the state of afforestation in Makkah, the latest techniques in environmental planning, and the design of green spaces such as parks, gardens and squares.

Makkah Mayor Mohammed bin Abdullah Al-Quwaihes has invited speakers from the private sector, universities, research centers, and agricultural and afforestation companies to contribute and help raise awareness of these local issues.

The flower festival continues until March 23.