Saudi Arabia highlights measures for the disabled

Ahmed Al-Frian, delivering a speech at the 12th session of the Convention on Persons with Disabilities at the UN headquarters in New York. (SPA)
Updated 13 June 2019

Saudi Arabia highlights measures for the disabled

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has taken measures to bolster social protection and integration for people with disabilities, said the counselor of the Kingdom’s permanent representative to the UN.

Ahmed Al-Frian, delivering a speech at the 12th session of the Convention on Persons with Disabilities at the UN headquarters in New York, said the Kingdom guarantees citizens’ rights in case of emergencies, sickness, disability and old age.

The Ministry of Labor and Social Development supervises centers for comprehensive rehabilitation throughout the Kingdom, he added. Some 7 percent of the Saudi population have a mild or severe disability.

On Tuesday, King Salman urged all government agencies to adopt the term “persons with disabilities” in all official communications and media statements regarding the disabled community in the Kingdom. 


Saudi education minister praises teacher continuing mission to educate while battling cancer

Updated 18 September 2020

Saudi education minister praises teacher continuing mission to educate while battling cancer

Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Education, Hamad bin Mohammed Al-Sheikh, called to give thanks to school teacher Mohammed Al-Fifi who has continued to teach his students while battling cancer in hospital.

The Saudi minister praised Al-Fifi’s efforts to educate students despite his chemotherapy treatment in hospital and wished him a speedy recovery.

The Saudi minister thanked Al-Fifi during the video call and said he was a role model for those in the field of education.

Al-Sheikh also praised other teachers in the Kingdom for their efforts, calling the foundation of society.

Al-Fifi, 37, is a third-grade Arabic language teacher at Abu Omar Al-Dany Elementary in Riyadh’s Al-Uraija Al-Gharbiyah area.

In May, doctors told him they had found cancer in his lymph nodes, and he was admitted to the hospital soon after to begin chemotherapy.

Four treatments later, he is doing well but faces a long, hard battle.