Young Saudis take to YouTube to learn and master new skills

Updated 13 February 2013
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Young Saudis take to YouTube to learn and master new skills

Where did you learn this? This is a question people often raise when they see something interesting. In recent days we hear from people that YouTube has taught them wonderful things. Tahani Muhammad, for example, says she learned English and French thanks to this popular social medium.
Tahani’s friends and relatives were surprised to hear the fact that she mastered the two important world languages by following educational programs on YouTube. She was unable to complete secondary education because of family problems.
Tahani is one of the young Saudis who have great ambitions in their lives.
A lack of material capabilities has prevented them from reaching their educational and training goals. But many youths now use the Internet to get free education and training by logging into free educational courses. Some of these courses are offered by volunteers specialized in various fields as part of their social responsibility.
The majority of educational content available on YouTube is in English.
Because of financial deficiency many youths could not make use of educational and training courses offered by various institutions and they found YouTube as a big savior for them.
Mahmoud Noor is a brilliant photographer who learned the profession through the Internet. He used to interact with professional photographers around the world to learn from them “Courses offered on YouTube are much better than those provided by some institutions as they helps us learn things quickly,” he said. Layan, 26, said she learned beautification especially hairstyle and makeup from YouTube after her family prevented her from joining a training center to learn the profession. “I learned the art step by step from YouTube and now I can do the job perfectly. This has helped me to earn a living for me and my family.”
There are a variety of educational programs on YouTube. People can learn different languages including French, Arabic and Spanish. There are courses in electronic marketing, smart marketing, customer service, autoCAD, Photoshop, cooking, painting, dance and using various musical instruments.
The number of daily YouTube users in the Kingdom has increased from 90 million to 190 million in 2012, according to Abdul Rahman Tarabzoni, director of Google in the Arab region. It is expected that the number would further increase to one billion next year.


World’s oldest person dies in Japan at age of 117

Updated 30 min 34 sec ago
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World’s oldest person dies in Japan at age of 117

  • Tajima was born on Aug. 4, 1900, and had more than 160 descendants
  • Chiyo Yoshida, another Japanese woman aged 116, is now the world’s oldest person, says Gerontology Research Group

TOKYO: The world’s oldest person has died in southern Japan at the age of 117.
An official in the town of Kikai says Nabi Tajima died in a hospital on Saturday shortly before 8 p.m. She had been hospitalized since January.
Tajima was born on Aug. 4, 1900, and reportedly had more than 160 descendants, including great-great-great grandchildren. Her town of Kikai is in Kagoshima prefecture on Kyushu, the southernmost of Japan’s four main islands.
She became the world’s oldest person seven months ago after the death of Violet Brown in Jamaica, also at the age of 117.
The US-based Gerontology Research Group says that another Japanese woman, Chiyo Yoshida, is now the world’s oldest person in its records. She is 116 years old.