JEDDAH: P.K. ABDUL GHAFOUR
Published — Wednesday 30 January 2013
Last update 30 January 2013 2:50 pm
The Principals Meet organized by Sign Jeddah Chapter here recently was a big success as it threw light on various issues facing Indian school students in the Kingdom.
The meet, which was first of its kind, was organized to discuss the organization’s LEAD2020 program aimed at promoting academic excellence among Indian students.
“All the participants extended their whole-hearted support to our project, which initiates combined efforts to achieve academic excellence among Indian students,” said Dr. Ismail Maritheri of King Abdulaziz University and president of Sign.
Speaking to Arab News after the meet, he said Sign aims at building up a community, which is physically and mentally healthy, where individuals are emotionally balanced, intellectually inspired, spiritually awakened, socially committed and globally competent.
“LEAD2020 is a small but significant step in this direction. We feel more confident to move ahead as result of the energy and motivation we obtained from the Principals Meet,” said Maritheri. “We expect the same support from the parent community for the successful execution of the project,” he said.
Maritheri commended Alungal Muhammad, CMD of Al-Abeer Medical Group, for his support to the project. Muhammad opened the Principals Meet and appreciated Sign’s efforts to enhance the capabilities of Indian children.
Maritheri added: “Since employers around the world are looking for competent candidates, we should make our children well-qualified by developing their skills and providing them with necessary support and training.”
The meeting discussed various aspects of modern education. Syed Masood Ahmed, principal of International Indian School Jeddah, emphasized the need for conducting more programs to develop leadership qualities among children.
Farahdunnisa, IISJ vice principal, stressed the importance of inculcating moral values among students.Speaking about the project, Maritheri said 80 talented students of Grades VI and VII will be picked for LEAD2020 after conducting special qualifying tests.
Organizers will conduct a two-hour examination in English, mathematics, general knowledge and mental ability to select the best students. In the final round of the selection process, potential candidates have to appear for a written test, group discussion and a personal interview.