Saudi education minister sets 100-day deadline for change, seeking better performance, quality

Al-Sheikh, who was in Riyadh, stressed the importance of studying the current status of education and overcoming the challenges facing its development. (SPA)
Updated 13 January 2019

Saudi education minister sets 100-day deadline for change, seeking better performance, quality

  • The minister pointed to the importance of addressing any possible imbalance in the distribution of schools and teachers, and any deficiency associated with the professional development of teachers

JEDDAH: The education minister on Saturday set a 100-day deadline to shake up teaching in the Kingdom, encouraging leaders in the sector to get away from their desks and out of the office.
Dr. Hamad bin Mohammed Al-Asheikh issued the challenge at a workshop assessing the status of the public education sector, its output and future work trends in order to achieve the goals laid out in the Vision 2030 reform plan.
Al-Sheikh, who was in Riyadh, stressed the importance of studying the current status of education and overcoming the challenges facing its development.
He gave education leaders 100 working days to achieve a different output by giving the sector more attention, away from office work as much as possible, and learning about all educational interactions away from desk reports.
The minister pointed to the importance of addressing any possible imbalance in the distribution of schools and teachers, and any deficiency associated with the professional development of teachers.
Educational output must be the main concern of every official, he told the workshop, and there must be a realistic and clear plan of action that did not get bogged down in useless and time-wasting theorization and strategies.
Workshop sessions were organized in groups and focused on the changes facing education such as privatization, financing, foreign competition and changes in labor market requirements.


Riyadh Season Boulevard zone opens with spectacular parade

Updated 18 October 2019

Riyadh Season Boulevard zone opens with spectacular parade

  • The Riyadh parade is thought to be the biggest parade in Kingdom to date

RIYADH: More than 1,500 performers and 25 floats took part in a parade and carnival on Thursday night that officially launched Riyadh Season’s Boulevard zone. The crowds that gathered for the fun-packed event were also treated to motorcycle displays, fireworks and other surprises.

The Boulevard lit up at 9 p.m. for the start of the 90-minute event, which featured some of the international artists who will perform as part of Riyadh Season. Afterwards, the zone’s food and drink outlets, outdoor cinema and fountain shows officially opened.

The audience watched the parade, performances and displays from specially constructed stands. Food trucks offered a selection of tasty snacks, and organizers also provided prayer rooms, toilets, first-aid stations and other facilities.



In addition to the opening-night festivities, the Boulevard zone, which covers 400,000 square meters, will host a wide range of entertainment options and activities for all ages, including the outdoor cinema, restaurants, and sports, music and theatrical events. It has three main venues: The 22,000-seat Mohammed Abdu Theater, the 6,000-seat Abu Bakr Salem Theater, and the 2,000-seat Baker Al-Sheddi Theater.

The parade is just one of more than 100 events featuring local, regional and international performers taking place during the Riyadh Season festival, which continues until mid-December at 12 zones across the city: the Boulevard; the Front; Riyadh Car Show; Winter Wonderland; Riyadh Stadiums; the Diplomatic Quarter; Al-Muraba’a; Al-Malaz; Wadi Namar; Nabd Al-Riyadh; Riyadh Safari; and Riyadh Sahara. It has been organized with the support of Turki Al-Sheikh, chairman of the General Entertainment Authority and president of Riyadh Season.

The audience watched the parade from specially built stands. (Supplied)

 

The ambitious 2019 Saudi Seasons initiative, the first of its kind in the region, was launched in February and includes 11 local seasons covering most parts of the Kingdom. Designed to promote the fledgling Saudi entertainment sector and boost tourism, it is attracting some of the biggest names in world entertainment.

The Riyadh parade is thought to be the biggest parade in Kingdom to date. It follows a folklore parade at the Mawtni (My Nation) cultural event in Yanbu to mark Saudi National Day this year, and a parade during the Jeddah Season festivities in the city’s Obhur district.