Ibtisam Al-Shehri has been the spokesperson for the Saudi Ministry of Education since August 2019.
Appointed by Education Minister Hamad Al-Asheikh, she became the first woman to hold the position for public education in the Kingdom.
Al-Shehri has more than 17 years’ experience as an English language teacher covering all levels of education from kindergarten to university. She graduated from the Arabian Gulf University and gained a master’s degree in gifted education.
She was chosen by the Ministry of Education to pursue foreign scholarship studies in the US and attended several international conferences and special forums on education strategy.
The ministry has been working relentlessly to ensure students have access to their education as the world battles the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
Al-Shehri said: “The ministry implemented distance learning to 6 million students. Students were offered five options by the ministry for virtual learning, accessible at any time and place. The ministry even made these educational tools available to those without internet access, on TV through Ein channels.”
Students can gain access to their classes through 20 Ein channels on TV, Ein’s YouTube channel, Ein educational portal, future gate and the unified education database. More than 37 million students have tuned in to view Ein’s content on the internet, excluding those watching on TV.
Al-Shehri’s Twitter handle is @spokesp_moe.