Saudi Arabia provides $18bn in refugee aid

Faisal bin Fahd bin Jadeed. (KSA Mission UN/Twitter)
Updated 02 November 2019

Saudi Arabia provides $18bn in refugee aid

  • Saudi Arabia has given more than 50,000 people Saudi nationality enabling them to move, work, enjoy education and health care free of charge

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia confirmed that it has provided nearly $18 billion worth of humanitarian assistance to alleviate the suffering of refugees.
In a speech during a debate on the UN High Commissioner for Refugees affairs report, third secretary Faisal bin Fahd bin Jadeed said political, economic and social changes have forced vast numbers of people to move to the Kingdom.
He said the Kingdom has given more than 50,000 people Saudi nationality enabling them to move, work, enjoy education and health care free of charge.
Saudi Arabia grants its nationality to any child whose parents are unknown, he said, adding that the Kingdom is among the world’s biggest donors, citing that it has provided more than $160 million for Syrian refugees. 


Students in Saudi Arabia to continue remote learning in September

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Students in Saudi Arabia to continue remote learning in September

  • The new school year is due to start on August 30, 2020
  • Intermediate and high school students will begin their school days at 7am, while elementary schools will begin at 3pm.

JEDDAH: Students of all levels are to resume the new school year through remote learning for a period of seven weeks, the Saudi Minister of Education Dr. Hamad Al-Shaikh has announced.
The decision was made after coordinated discussions with the relevant authorities as the Kingdom is still confronting the ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The minister said that an exception will be made for university and technical school students with practical curriculums who are required to attend courses in person.
Due to the pandemic, the Kingdom accelerated the e-learning process through its accredited platforms. Virtual classes will be given through Vschool.sa as teachers will be required to attend their virtual classrooms remotely. School curriculums will be provided on the iEN platform, the Kingdom’s national education portal.
The ministry and relevant authorities will assess the situation for the rest of the first semester at the end of the seven weeks and see whether to allow students to return to their classrooms.
According to the ministry, intermediate and high school students will begin their school days at 7am, while elementary schools will begin at 3pm.
The new school year is due to start on August 30, 2020.