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.

 


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.