Our mission is to reach everyone across the globe: Sal Khan

Sal Khan, founder of Khan Academy, speaks at the Misk Global Forum in Riyadh on Wednesday. (AN photo)
Updated 16 November 2017

Our mission is to reach everyone across the globe: Sal Khan

RIYADH: With online learning revolutionizing access to education, prominent American educator and Khan Academy founder Sal Khan reaffirmed on Wednesday that his mission is to reach everyone with his idea of e-learning.
Speaking at a keynote session titled “Education Re-imagined” on the opening day of the Misk Global Forum 2017 in Riyadh, Khan, who runs his academy as a free online education platform, explained how he runs the academy, which according to him has 60 million registered learners in more than 100 countries.
While sharing his experience, Khan said he began with tutorials for his cousin through online videos but growing demand from relatives and friends prompted him to come up with a YouTube channel to distribute lessons.
His organization has produced more than 6,500 video lessons teaching a wide spectrum of subjects especially mathematics, science and computing.
Speaking in front of a huge gathering of Saudi youths as an icon with an inspiring story, Khan said, in a few years he had millions of viewers that inspired him to concentrate on developing the Khan Academy as a non-profit organization.
During his presentation, he iterated that online learning complements rather than competes with traditional education, adding that this online access to education helps individuals learn diversified skills.
During his talk, he shared a video of Bill Gates, how he was impressed with Khan Academy’s idea of online learning and later turned to be a big supporter of his charitable work, which he is doing for free and for everyone.
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Google helped Khan Academy flourish, he said, adding that they also get generous donations from others, which help run the program.
He also shared videos of students who benefited from the academy with their reactions on how the academy is helping students in learning lessons.
Khan is a Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) graduate with a management degree from Harvard Business School.

Saudi minister hails ‘special relationship’ with Japan

Updated 5 min 14 sec ago

Saudi minister hails ‘special relationship’ with Japan

  • “We share common values,” said Majid Al-Qasabi

TOKYO: Saudi Arabia has a “special relationship” with Japan, which is “reliable strategic partner and friend” of the Kingdom, the Saudi Minister for Commerce and Investment Majid Al-Qasabi said on Monday.

The minister was speaking at the launch in Tokyo of the Japanese-language online edition of Arab News, in the latest stage of its global expansion. The event came on the eve of Tuesday’s ceremonial enthronement of Emperor Naruhito in the Japanese capital. “This is a great opportunity, a moment in history,” Al-Qasabi said.

The news website, published in Japanese and English, will focus on enabling the exchange of information between Japan and the Arab world in business, current affairs, and arts and culture. “It will be good to have news in Japanese so many Japanese can read about the Arab world,” Japan’s Defense Minister Taro Kono said at the launch.

Common values

“We share common values, we have a high respect for the elders and we think that the family is very important … to me we are friends and I think we need to work together.

“In order to do that we need to know what people in the Middle East are actually thinking, what is happening on a daily basis, and we haven’t got the source for that — but now Arab News is in Japan.

“This is a very good means to exchange information between the Middle East and Japan, so I am very much looking forward to it.”