KFF, IB launch pilot project

Updated 19 October 2015
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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.


Saudi Arabia says UN Khashoggi report contains ‘baseless allegations’ and ‘contradictions’

Updated 18 min 59 sec ago
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Saudi Arabia says UN Khashoggi report contains ‘baseless allegations’ and ‘contradictions’

  • Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir said the report contained 'nothing new.'
  • Saudi Arabia late indicted 11 people for the killing and prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against five of them

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia said Wednesday that a report by a UN expert on the murder of Jamal Khashoggi contains “baseless allegations” and “contradictions.”

Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir said the report contained “nothing new.”

He said the judicial authorities in the Kingdom are the only ones competent to investigate the case and that a number of suspects have already been arrested.

The report “contains clear contradictions and baseless allegations which challenge its credibility,” he said on Twitter.

“We strongly reject any attempt to prejudice the Kingdom’s leadership or to remove the case from the course of justice in the Kingdom or influencing it in any way.”

The report released Wednesday by UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Agnes Callamard, said the murder of Khashoggi was the responsibility of the state of Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia late last year indicted 11 people for the killing and prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against five of them.

Saudi prosecutors said Khashoggi was killed by a “rogue operation” in a botched attempt to repatriate him. 

Al-Jubeir said the trials are being attended by representatives from the embassies of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council in addition to Turkey and Saudi human rights organizations.