Training for Saudi sports coaches, teachers complete

Updated 27 November 2018

Training for Saudi sports coaches, teachers complete

  • Two more training programs are to be held in the coming weeks in Jeddah and Dammam

RIYADH: The National Center for Educational Professional Development, an affiliate of the Saudi Education Ministry, in partnership with the British Council celebrated the completion of week-long training for sports coaches and teachers on Monday in Riyadh. 

The training aimed to improve the quality of sports teaching and encourage young people and the community at large to lead a more active lifestyle. 

An event promoting youth sports and leadership marking the end of the training was held at Algadhi Ayaz Secondary School. 

The training certified 16 male and 14 female teachers to become national-level trainers capable of delivering the UK Youth Sport Trust training to other adult coaches and trainers across the Kingdom. 

“Engaging youth in sport and physical activity bears myriad rewards for both individuals and the community at large,” said Mohammed Al-Moqbel, executive director of the National Center for Educational Professional Development.

“We are proud to partner with the British Council on this brilliant initiative. Together we hope to inspire people of all abilities to lead a healthy and active lifestyle, which is in line with Saudi Vision 2030.”

Grant Butler, deputy director of the British Council in Saudi Arabia said: “During this Youth Sport Leadership Program, the focus was to build a group of sports teachers who are national trainers.”

He added: “They will now work in schools across Saudi Arabia to train physical education teachers, who are in turn preparing the next generation of youth representing a promising future for the Kingdom.” 

Butler said the first part of the program was held in February and March, enabling participants to become local trainers before going on to become national trainers after the recently concluded round of the program.

Two more training programs are to be held in the coming weeks in Jeddah and Dammam, bringing the total to 70 national trainers.


G20 discusses long-term vision for the digital economy

Updated 05 June 2020

G20 discusses long-term vision for the digital economy

  • Members from G20 countries, guest countries, international and regional organizations met virtually

RIYADH: The G20 Digital Economy Taskforce (DETF) held consecutive virtual meetings on June 3 to June 4 to discuss a comprehensive approach to digital economy policymaking and the future of digitalization.

Members from G20 countries, guest countries, international and regional organizations, addressed the relevance of digitalization in maintaining business operations following the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Data Flows, Smart Cities, Digital Economy measurement and Digital Security were also on the agenda as well as the Connecting Humanity 2030 initiative.

Delegates also discussed digitalization in the context of the current crisis with a long-term vision for the best use of digital tools to build economic resiliency and promote job retention.

Prior to the DETF meeting, on June 1, the Dialogue on Trustworthy AI in Pandemic Response brought together experts from both the public and private sectors, and academia to explore the optimal role of government in Artificial Intelligence.

The potential use of the technology in diverse sectors was raised, along with how AI can be an efficient tool in pandemic responses. The Dialogue also examined the G20’s role in policy discussions and the long-term inclusion of AI on the G20 agenda.

G20 Digital Economy Ministers will review and continue the work of the Taskforce at their meeting on July 22-23.