Preserving heritage means securing the future, says Princess Haifa

Preserving heritage means securing the future, says Princess Haifa
Princess Haifa bint Abdul Aziz Al-Muqrin, the Kingdom’s permanent representative to UNESCO said there was a shared belief that education was a ‘right for everyone, that preserving heritage means securing the future.’ (Supplied)
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Updated 05 July 2020

Preserving heritage means securing the future, says Princess Haifa

Preserving heritage means securing the future, says Princess Haifa
  • Saudi Arabia is at the 209th session to discuss international issues related to the fields of education, science and culture

PARIS: Princess Haifa bint Abdul Aziz Al-Muqrin, the Kingdom’s permanent representative to UNESCO, said that changes can only be faced with global efforts to achieve the common goals of promoting peace, building cultural bridges between nations, and empowering societies to guarantee a better future.

Saudi Arabia recently participated in the 209th session of the UNESCO Executive Council at the agency’s Paris headquarters. The Kingdom was represented at the session by Princess Haifa and a team of 26 Saudi experts from different sectors that have activities related to the scope of UNESCO’s work, such as education, culture, energy, environment, and training.

Princess Haifa said: “Despite our different cultures and languages, we share our belief that education is a right for everyone, that preserving heritage means securing the future, and that innovation and science are the bridge that will pull us out of this pandemic the world today is living.”

She said that the Kingdom supported African countries and was ready to share its experiences in various UNESCO fields, in addition to supporting action plans related to developing islands as one of its priorities in exchanging experiences, especially since the Kingdom is one of the most advanced countries in the world in the field of water desalination.

Reference was made to the Kingdom’s support for international growth and stability through the G20 presidency, specifically with regard to ensuring the continuity of education in crises, the continuation of efforts to achieve climate adaptation worldwide, and solidarity with the members of the G20 in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.

As a member state of the UNESCO Executive Council, Saudi Arabia is at the 209th session to discuss international issues related to the fields of education, science and culture. These will be evaluated and decided upon, and the executive decisions assigned to them will be voted on, in cooperation with the council’s member states.

The Kingdom’s participation in the meetings of the UNESCO Executive Council also comes as part of its permanent presence in the international cultural and educational organization since its foundation in 1946.


Saudi funding for training exceeds job seeker payouts for first time since 2011

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Saudi funding for training exceeds job seeker payouts for first time since 2011

Saudi funding for training exceeds  job seeker payouts for first time  since 2011

JEDDAH: Saudi funding for employment and training programs in November exceeded job seekers’ payment support for the first time since 2011.
Last month, a total of SR249 million ($66 million) was spent on employment and training compared to SR215 million through the Hafiz program.

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Last month, a total of SR249 million ($66 million) was spent on employment and training compared to SR215 million through the Hafiz program.

According to figures released on Wednesday by the Saudi Human Resources Development Fund (Hadaf), more than SR488 million was deposited by the fund into the bank accounts of 319,000 beneficiaries and SR473 million was pumped into the Hafiz program during November of last year.
Officials said the success of the Hafiz scheme had helped to reduce the number of beneficiaries of the program. At the start of the year, Hadaf implemented a strategic partnership with the Kingdom’s private sector while also developing and improving support initiatives and introducing quality programs to meet the needs of the labor market.