Startup of the Week: Technology hub empowering Saudi youth

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Updated 18 March 2020

Startup of the Week: Technology hub empowering Saudi youth

  • The startup’s sessions take place in various locations, schools and centers in Jeddah in order to have access to kids from different demographics

Coding has become a useful skill to possess in today’s digitized world, as experts believe that it increases the chances of being employed.
As such, a Saudi startup aims to help children aged 8-15 build their skills in coding, design and game development.
The Core Tech Hub was founded a year ago by two sisters: Sarah Wafa, who has a degree in computer science and experience in digital strategy, and Alaa Wafa, who has a master’s in business, entrepreneurship and technology, and has a background in early childhood education.
“The Core was born out of a desire to provide a truly comprehensive technology education for kids and youth in a fun, stress-free environment,” Alaa told Arab News.
“There’s a gap between this new generation’s interest and ability in technology, and what schools and centers offer,” she said.
“Nowadays coding is an important skill, and soon will be an essential skill as the number of businesses that rely on computer coding is increasing,” she added.
“Kids who have such a skill will have a competitive advantage when applying to colleges and jobs.”
The startup’s sessions take place in various locations, schools and centers in Jeddah in order to have access to kids from different demographics.
The Core Tech Hub guarantees a hands-on learning experience where students are engaged in fun activities that facilitate the learning process.
By the end of each program, students present their projects and are encouraged to continue learning, practicing and innovating.


Saudi bridge continues to aid stricken in Lebanon

KSRelief provided urgent food supplies to affected people living in the areas adjacent to the port, covering 500 families. (SPA)
Updated 10 August 2020

Saudi bridge continues to aid stricken in Lebanon

  • So far, 290 tons of aid transported to provide urgent humanitarian needs to people affected by explosion

JEDDAH: Aid continues to flow into the Lebanese capital Beirut, as the fourth Saudi air bridge plane operated by the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) arrived on Sunday.
Ninety tons of emergency aid was flown in on the flight, including medical materials and equipment, foodstuff and shelter supplies. Medicines, burn treatments, medical solutions, masks, gloves, sterilizers and other surgical materials will be distributed by special teams on the ground.
The plane also carried food baskets that included flour and dates as well as shelter materials such as tents, blankets, mattresses, and utensils.
So far, 290 tons of aid has been transported from Saudi Arabia to Lebanon as per the directives of King Salman to provide urgent humanitarian aid to the Lebanese people affected by the explosion at the Port of Beirut.
This aid was provided based on an assessment report of the necessary humanitarian needs resulting from the explosion, in coordination with the Saudi Embassy in Beirut, and the KSRelief branch in Lebanon.
This comes as an extension of the efforts made by Saudi Arabia to show solidarity with the Lebanese people and to provide relief to those affected by the disaster.

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So far, 290 tons of aid has been transported from Saudi Arabia to Lebanon as per the directives of King Salman to provide urgent humanitarian aid to the Lebanese people affected by the explosion at the Port of Beirut.

KSRelief provided urgent food supplies to affected people living in the areas adjacent to the port on Sunday, covering 500 families.
Saudi Ambassador to Lebanon Waleed bin Abdullah Bukhari told Arab News that special committees would oversee and review reports on the Lebanese people’s needs.
“Aid will continue to flow into Lebanon after assessing the required needs of the Lebanese people in cooperation with the relevant authorities in Lebanon,” he said.
Countries around the world have come together to help Lebanon in the wake of the explosion on Aug. 4, which devastated large areas of Beirut, damaging and destroying infrastructure, buildings and homes, including all port facilities and the country’s grain storage silos.