We seek to improve quality of teaching, Saudi education minister tells UNESCO meeting

Saudi Minister of Education Hamad Al-Asheikh speaks at the headquarters of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in Paris. (SPA)
Updated 14 November 2019

We seek to improve quality of teaching, Saudi education minister tells UNESCO meeting

PARIS: Saudi Minister of Education Hamad Al-Asheikh participated in the seventh meeting of the Steering Committee of the Sustainable Development Goals for Education 2030, held at the headquarters of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization in Paris.

In his speech, Al-Asheikh stressed that Saudi Arabia and other countries in the region are committed to the fourth objective of the UNESCO 2030 agenda, and to the top priority policies in the Arab regions. 

These policies included: Ensuring equitable and comprehensive provision of quality education for displaced and affected people, improving the quality of teaching and learning, increasing funding for education and innovating its use.

Al-Asheikh  said that Saudi Arabia is working on these three priorities, and that “we are focusing our efforts on the second policy priority related to the quality of teaching and learning, as a result, we have made significant reforms in the educational policy related to curriculum, assessment and professional development of teachers, with an ongoing focus on learning outcomes at all levels.”

He ensured that education will be a top priority in the agenda of the G20 summit that will be hosted by the Kingdom in 2020.


Fifth Jeddah International Book Fair opened by Makkah governor

Updated 12 December 2019

Fifth Jeddah International Book Fair opened by Makkah governor

JEDDAH: Prince Khalid Al-Faisal, the governor of Makkah, officially opened the fifth edition of the Jeddah International Book Fair on Wednesday.

The prince toured the event, at which 400 publishing houses from 40 countries are taking part, and honored three renowned figures from the local literature and media scenes: Dr. Hashem Abdo Hashem, the former editor in chief of Okaz newspaper; writer Abdel Fattah Abu Madian; and writer Meshaal bin Muhammad Al-Sudairy.

Prince Mishaal bin Majed, the governor of Jeddah and chairman of the exhibition’s Higher Committee, thanked Price Khalid for his support of the fair since it was founded. He also expressed his gratitude to King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for their great support.

He added that the success of the event is the result of the hard work of a number of organizations. In particular, he wished the Ministry of Culture continued success in organizing the fair as part of its efforts to develop culture in the Kingdom as one of the pillars of Saudi Vision 2030.

Other VIP guests and dignitaries at the inauguration of the fair included Prince Badr bin Sultan, the deputy governor of Makkah; Prince Saud bin Abdullah, adviser to the governor of Makkah; and Prince Khalid bin Mishaal, deputy governor of Jeddah.

The book fair continues at Land of Events in South Abhur until Dec. 21.