TheFace: Mona Al-Turief, Saudi educator

TheFace: Mona Al-Turief, Saudi educator
Mona Al-Turief with her family. (AN photo by Ziyad Alarfaj)
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Updated 17 January 2020

TheFace: Mona Al-Turief, Saudi educator

TheFace: Mona Al-Turief, Saudi educator
  • I seek to base my relationship with my children on love and understanding
  • Being an educator taught me that there was always space for me to learn something new

I was born and raised in Al-Malaz in Riyadh, where I studied at a public school until the sixth grade, when my family decided to move to Unaizah.

I continued to perform well academically due to my parents’ dedication toward my educational endeavors. My father, may God have mercy upon him, instilled two prominent values in me: Commitment and responsibility. These principles have affected every aspect of my life, especially as the youngest child in a conservative Najdi home.

Surrounded by my older siblings, my childhood was shaped by the multitude of lessons that I learned from them.

My love for children began when I watched my siblings’ kids fill our home with love and energy – a huge part of my adolescence went into taking care of my nieces and nephews.

It made me confident in my ability to deal with children, knowing how to win them over and guide them, which I later put to the test when I finished high school, returning to Riyadh to major in early childhood studies at King Saud University, ultimately graduating with honors.

Following my graduation, I got married and kick-started my professional career as a kindergarten teacher in different private preschools in Riyadh.

Within a few years, I was working as a teacher at Kingdom Schools, dropping my eldest daughter off at the school’s nursery each morning to go and tutor other people’s kids across campus. Over the next seven years, I was blessed with the birth of my three other children.

After years of being simultaneously a mother and a teacher, I decided to put a pause to my career and concentrated on raising my children. This decision was a product of my strong belief in investing in humans through dedicating time and effort toward raising well-mannered individuals and building stronger familial bonds.

Being an educator taught me that there was always space for me to learn something new. I learned a lot from my children, particularly as I remained involved in their school and extracurricular activities, and collaboratively navigated their interests and hobbies.

My prior knowledge of child-nurturing practices helped me form a unique relationship with my kids. The bond between parents and children grows stronger, I found, when parents acknowledge that they are role models and remain aware of their behavior and manners at all times.

Furthermore, it is crucial that parents avoid three harmful, yet common, practices: Criticism, comparison, and blame. These create toxic environments that negatively impact a child’s confidence, sense of self, and self-esteem.

I try to be considerate of my children’s feelings by avoiding harsh or public criticism and focusing on their personal progress, only comparing them with their own selves. If they face a difficult situation, instead of blaming them for it, I encourage them to think about the moral behind the incident and discuss takeaways to be implemented in the future.

I seek to base my relationship with my children on love and understanding by spending a lot of quality time with them and considering their diverse personalities, especially as I returned to the workplace as a school principal and subsequently, an academic supervisor at the Ministry of Education. Those quality times are what remains in a child’s subconscious in the long run.

Later, while pursuing my master’s degree in gifted education at the Arabian Gulf University in Bahrain, I learned about the importance of enriching my children’s interests, whether through helping them explore playing a new instrument, enrolling them in dance courses and soccer academies, presenting them with a book on their to-read list, or accompanying them on outdoor activities.

Sharing these experiences opened new doors for all of us. When my eldest daughter went through the college application process, where she is now pursuing a degree in geology at Brown University, in the US, she opened my eyes to the required preparation for her younger siblings.

By the time they reach her age, they would be prepared with the requirements for applying to esteemed institutions, if they decide to follow a similar path.

Encouraging my older son to follow his passion for the outdoors, through hiking around scenic Saudi nature areas with him, resulted in him climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, in Tanzania, at the age of 14.

Our trips exposed me to the beauty of my country, where I visited fascinating historical and natural sites, had meaningful conversations, and gained valuable friendships.

I was motivated to contribute to the positive changes taking place in the Kingdom by sharing these momentous experiences with others.

That is why I decided to begin the process of acquiring a tourist guide license from the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage. That in turn gave me a chance to solidify my knowledge of my country and, at the same time, share that beauty with the rest of the world via my podcast, Dharf Makan, and my Instagram account (@mona.alturief).


Saudi minister of state for foreign affairs meets with Ireland’s FM

Saudi minister of state for foreign affairs meets with Ireland’s FM
Updated 38 min 32 sec ago

Saudi minister of state for foreign affairs meets with Ireland’s FM

Saudi minister of state for foreign affairs meets with Ireland’s FM

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir on Wednesday held a meeting at the ministry’s headquarters in Riyadh with the Irish Foreign and Defense Minister Simon Coveney.

The two sides discussed during the meeting bilateral relations and means to develop them and exchanged views on regional and international matters of common interest.

Al-Jubeir organized an official luncheon for the Irish minister and his delegation.

The meeting and luncheon were attended by the Director General of the European Administration Sultan bin Khuzaim, the Irish Ambassador to Saudi Arabia John Gerard McCoy and the delegation accompanying the Irish minister.

 


Who’s Who: Meshaal bin Omairah, CEO of Abdullah Al-Othaim Investment Co.

Who’s Who: Meshaal bin Omairah, CEO of Abdullah Al-Othaim Investment Co.
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Who’s Who: Meshaal bin Omairah, CEO of Abdullah Al-Othaim Investment Co.

Who’s Who: Meshaal bin Omairah, CEO of Abdullah Al-Othaim Investment Co.

Meshaal bin Omairah was recently appointed as chief executive officer of Abdullah Al-Othaim Investment Co.

A financial expert with more than 25 years of experience in multinational and multidivisional companies, he also has specialist business skills in motivational etiquette, organization, analytics, and time management.

In addition, as a management professional his areas of knowledge include organizational development, corporate governance (strategic and financial), capital and funding optimization, financial engineering and restructuring, corporate risk assessment, and consultancy.

Bin Omairah has been a member of the Saudi Fisheries Co.’s audit committee since December 2017, and chairman of the audit and risk committee at Aljazierah Home Appliances since November 2018.

He previously served as chairman of the audit and risk committee and a member of the board of directors at both Rajhi Steel and the Global Beverage Co.

He has sat on the board of Manafea Holding since 2018 and is chairman of the company’s audit committee, and was CEO and a board member of Mohammed Abdul Aziz Al-Rajhi and Sons Investment Co.

Since January 2018, he has been an advisory board member at Bank Muscat and has been vice chairman and a member of the board of directors at Falcon Plastic Products Co. since September 2016.

Other board memberships and audit and executive committee roles held by Bin Omairah have been at the Benaa company for building materials, Jesco, Ardiseis, Sanjel International Saudi Arabia, the Arabian Geophysical and Surveying Co., and Air Liquide Arabia LLC.

He gained a bachelor’s degree in accounting from King Saud University and certificates in corporate governance and global management via INSEAD.


Saudi Arabia, US committed to addressing climate challenge with urgency: Joint statement

Saudi Arabia, US committed to addressing climate challenge with urgency: Joint statement
Updated 16 June 2021

Saudi Arabia, US committed to addressing climate challenge with urgency: Joint statement

Saudi Arabia, US committed to addressing climate challenge with urgency: Joint statement
  • The joint statement came after the US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry visited the Kingdom
  • The two countries will work to strengthen the implementation of the Paris Agreement

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia and the US are committed to addressing the increasing climate challenge with “seriousness and urgency,” a joint statement said on Wednesday.
The two countries will work to strengthen the implementation of the Paris Agreement and actively promote a successful G20 in Italy and UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow.
They also affirmed the importance of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and taking action during the 2020s to avoid the worst consequences of climate change.
The joint statement came after the US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry visited the Kingdom where he met with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Wednesday and Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir on Tuesday.
Saudi Arabia and the US said they intended to work together to actively support and engage bilaterally on the Saudi Green Initiative and the Middle East Green Initiative, including on clean energy, sustainable agriculture, and land use.
The countries will also collaborate on accelerating the deployment of renewable energy and low-emissions power systems in the region, encourage private sector partnerships, and support ocean-based and nature-based solutions for addressing both mitigation and adaptation.
The two sides also aim to cooperate on the potential of clean hydrogen to address the hardest to abate sectors and to partner to accelerate clean hydrogen’s development and deployment.


GCC foreign ministers: Iran missile program should be addressed in nuclear talks

GCC foreign ministers: Iran missile program should be addressed in nuclear talks
Updated 16 June 2021

GCC foreign ministers: Iran missile program should be addressed in nuclear talks

GCC foreign ministers: Iran missile program should be addressed in nuclear talks

RIYADH: Talks in Vienna on the Iran nuclear deal should take into consideration Tehran’s ballistic missile program, Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) foreign ministers said on Wednesday.
GCC countries should also be included in the dialogue, a meeting of the ministerial council in Riyadh heard.
The foreign ministers condemned Tehran for smuggling weapons to its proxy militia in Yemen - the Houthis. And they denounced attacks carried out by the militia in Yemen’s Marib province.
They also condemned the Houthis for obstructing the arrival of an international team to examine the decaying FSO Safer tanker that is moored off Yemen’s coast.
The tanker was abandoned more than five years ago and its structure, equipment and operating systems are deteriorating, leaving the tanker at risk of leaking, exploding or catching fire.
With 48 million gallons of oil on board, the UN warns a potential leak would be four times bigger than the 1989 Exxon Valdez disaster off the coast of Alaska, considered the world’s worst oil spill in terms of environmental damage.
The foreign ministers also said they reject foreign interference in the affairs of Arab countries and any actions that affect the water rights of Egypt and Sudan.
They also condemned the increase of drug smuggling from Lebanon after the Kingdom banned the import and transit of fruit and vegetables from the crisis-stricken country after authorities foiled two large drug smuggling attempts in April.


Saudi Arabia announces 15 more COVID-19 deaths

Saudi Arabia announces 15 more COVID-19 deaths
Updated 16 June 2021

Saudi Arabia announces 15 more COVID-19 deaths

Saudi Arabia announces 15 more COVID-19 deaths
  • The total number of recoveries in the Kingdom has increased to 451,187
  • A total of 7,621 people have succumbed to the virus in the Kingdom so far

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia announced 15 deaths from COVID-19 and 1,239 new infections on Wednesday.
Of the new cases, 371 were recorded in Makkah, 253 in Riyadh, 229 in the Eastern Province, 98 in Asir, 83 in Jazan, 71 in Madinah, 32 in Najran, 17 in Al-Baha, 17 in Hail, 10 in the Northern Borders region, nine in Tabuk, and five in Al-Jouf.
The total number of recoveries in the Kingdom increased to 451,187 after 932 more patients recovered from the virus.
A total of 7,621 people have succumbed to the virus in the Kingdom so far.
Over 16.1 million doses of a coronavirus vaccine have been administered in the Kingdom to date.