Saudi Arabia’s Ithra welcomes the return to school with a new educational experience

Back to School is designed to help get the new school year off to a successful start. (SPA)
Updated 30 August 2019

Saudi Arabia’s Ithra welcomes the return to school with a new educational experience

  • Back to School is designed to help get the new school year off to a successful start

JEDDAH: The King Abdul Aziz Center for World Culture (Ithra) launches its Back to School program on Thursday aiming for a school year full of success and achievements. The program enables students, parents and teachers to prepare for the school year, offering a series of interactive workshops, talks, shows and storytelling sessions over three weeks with three focuses — emotional intelligence, health and safety and financial intelligence — supplying them with the most important life skills.
In the first week, Aug. 29-31, the program highlights “Emotional Intelligence,” where students, parents and teachers engage in interactive workshops, talks, storytelling and activities, and share knowledge on self-expression and self-control. Participants learn about different types of art for relaxation techniques as a way to connect with their inner selves for better self-awareness; learn how to adapt to new changes when moving from one school to other; and engage in a challenge to build a fort using different materials.
In the second week, Sept. 5-7, the offering addresses “Health and Safety,” presenting tools for improving academic skills, heightening sport performance, enhancing communication skills and increasing self-esteem and confidence. A discussion session will be offered with the education team to share thoughts and enter in a discussion. In addition, there is a workshop to engage the students in activities and games that will increase their focus and attention and improve their memory in preparation for the new school year.

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Back to School: A program for fun, education and training.

The third and last week, Sept.12-14, addresses “Financial Intelligence.” This focuses on the practice of interactive training and the acquisition of learning skills through fun, in addition to motivating trainees to self-learning and discovering ways to achieve this type of learning. In a pleasant narrative style, children learn about the concepts of money and expenses.
They also learn about the savings process and play an entertaining interactive game where they can accumulate points.
Back to School is designed to help get the new school year off to a successful start. As a cultural hub, aiming to inspire, create and collaborate, Ithra is excited to launch this interactive program for audiences in the Kingdom with the aim of offering an enriching experience that enriches their experience. More information can be viewed on the website: www.ithra.com.
 


Saudi minister calls on worshippers to respect safety measures in mosques

Updated 28 May 2020

Saudi minister calls on worshippers to respect safety measures in mosques

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia's minister of Islamic affairs called on Muslims to respect ongoing preventative measures to stop the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) inside mosques as the Kingdom eases some restrictions.

Sheikh Abdullatif Al-Asheikh said worshipers should bring their own prayer mats, wear masks and wash their hands prior to coming to the mosque to ensure the safety of other worshippers. 

Al-Asheikh said preventative measures will remain in place to ensure a safe return of worshipers to mosques for Friday prayers from May 31 until June 20, except in Makkah. 

Worshippers must keep two meters apart and leave a row of space empty between each row, he said.

The minister said the elderly and children under 15 should continue to avoid going to the mosque. 

The instructions follow other announcements in the Kingdom relaxing aspects of the lockdown, including reducing curfews and allowing freer movement of people.