Saudi Arabia backs Universal Children’s Day with education initiatives

Minister of Education Hamad bin Mohammed Al-Asheikh. (SPA)
Updated 19 November 2019

Saudi Arabia backs Universal Children’s Day with education initiatives

  • Al-Asheikh said that the ministry had launched several initiatives and programs for all stages of childhood in line with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030

RIYADH: Minister of Education Hamad bin Mohammed Al-Asheikh has praised the efforts of Saudi Arabia in protecting children from abuse, neglect, discrimination and exploitation. Speaking on the occasion of International Children’s Day on Wednesday, Nov. 20, Al-Asheikh said that the Kingdom sought to provide a safe and positive environment for children to develop their skills and abilities and to protect them psychologically and physically.

“The Ministry of Education is at the forefront of the state institutions entrusted with the care of children, ensuring their right to education, and providing them with a positive and appropriate environment before joining primary schools and completing their education,” he said.

Al-Asheikh said that the ministry had launched several initiatives and programs for all stages of childhood in line with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030, which aims to improve the quality of education and provide every child with the best opportunities.

The National Family Safety Program reflected the goals of the Kingdom to ensure the rights and protection of children and the implementation of the Early Childhood Initiative this year was one of the most important projects of the ministry. The enrolment of children in schools rose to 21 percent from the previous 17 percent. This increase reflects the leadership’s keenness to empower children to their right to education, develop their abilities and enhance learning outcomes.

Al-Asheikh said that the launch of the “virtual kindergarten” on Wednesday would give children the opportunity to simulate the experience of kindergartens. It would include educational videos, stories, games and interactive activities, in addition to guidance and awareness messages, as well as assessment tools to help parents to support their child while learning from home. It is also a way to help families not able to enrol their children in nearby schools to benefit from a productive and developmentally useful virtual interaction.

The minister said that the approval of the establishment of the Regional Center for Childhood Studies, under the chairmanship of the Ministry of Education, is a new asset in the Kingdom’s efforts in supporting childhood through the creation of a platform for the preparation of studies, researches, programs, projects and other initiatives related to children locally, regionally and internationally.

The Kingdom is working on collecting information, providing consultations, enriching knowledge, raising awareness on children’s rights and localizing development experiences.

The ministry has signed a memorandum of understanding with UNESCO’s Regional Center for Quality and Excellence in Education to support enhancing the quality of early childhood education and creating an international model of the Kingdom’s early childhood center.

 


Pregnant women in Saudi Arabia warned to take special care during pandemic

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Pregnant women in Saudi Arabia warned to take special care during pandemic

  • The ministry’s recommendations come as many have expressed concerns about the impact of the infection on their health

JEDDAH: Pregnant women have been told to take special care in following precautionary measures related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Saudi Ministry of Health has cautioned, as they are thought to be particularly at risk from complications.

The ministry’s recommendations come as many have expressed concerns about the impact of the infection on their health. The ministry has reiterated the importance of practicing hand hygiene, maintaining social distancing to limit the spread of the virus and wearing a mask in public at all times, especially in areas where it's hard to observe social distancing.

The ministry announced a total of 3,036 new cases of in the Kingdom on Wednesday, bringing to 220,144 the number of people in Saudi Arabia have now contracted the disease.

There were 60,035 active cases, 2,263 of them critical.

37 percent of the newly announced cases are female, 63 percent are male. Of those infected, 86 percent were adults of working age, 5 percent were over 65 and 9 percent were children.

3,211 new recovered cases have been announced, taking the total number of recoveries to 158,050, while 42 new deaths were reported, raising the death toll to 2,059.

The ministry urges everyone to use the self-assessment service in the “Mawid” application or to visit Tataman clinics that have been set up by the ministry for those who feel they are displaying COVID-19 symptoms; there are 237 such clinics.

It also recommends calling 937, its central operator, for consultations and inquiries around the clock.