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.

King Salman urges Iran to junk its expansionist ideology

Updated 38 min 53 sec ago

King Salman urges Iran to junk its expansionist ideology

  • Saudi Arabia has suffered from the policies and practices of the Iranian regime and its proxies, king says
  • Kingdom also welcomed US decision to return Iran's Fordow nuclear facility to its sanctions list

RIYADH: Iran should abandon its expansionist ideology that has only “harmed” its own people, Saudi Arabia's King Salman said on Wednesday, following violent street protests in the Islamic republic.

A wave of demonstrations erupted in the sanctions-hit country on Friday after an announcement that petrol prices would be raised by as much as 200 percent with immediate effect.

“We hope the Iranian regime chooses the side of wisdom and realizes there is no way to overcome the international position that rejects its practices, without abandoning its expansionist and destructive thinking that has harmed its own people,” the king told the consultative Shoura Council.

“The kingdom has suffered from the policies and practices of the Iranian regime and its proxies,” King Salman said, quoted by the foreign ministry, reiterating that Riyadh does not seek war but is “ready to defend its people.”

A satellite image from Sept. 15, 2017, of the Fordow nuclear facility in Iran. (Google Earth)

Saudi Arabia has welcomed Washington's decision to return the Fordow nuclear facility in Iran to the sanctions list. 

Washington said on Monday that it will no longer waive sanctions related to Iran’s Fordow nuclear plant after Tehran resumed uranium enrichment at the underground site. 

“The right amount of uranium enrichment for the world’s largest state sponsor of terror is zero ... There is no legitimate reason for Iran to resume enrichment at this previously clandestine site,” US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters earlier this week.