Madinah governor opens project for needy students

Madinah Gov. Prince Faisal bin Salman. (SPA)
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Updated 20 September 2020

Madinah governor opens project for needy students

  • Education Minister Dr. Hamad bin Mohammed Al-Asheikh thanked the governor for giving special attention to the education sector in the region and for his support to the initiative to help needy students

MADINAH: Madinah Gov. Prince Faisal bin Salman on Saturday inaugurated a project for needy students in the region. The project launched by the Ministry of Education in collaboration with the “Good City” initiative aims to provide needy students with necessary educational supplies.
In the first phase of the project, 6,000 electronic devices such as tablets, etc. will be distributed among students. The program also includes maintenance, programming, and repair of all devices free of charge in cooperation with the Technical Education and Vocational Training Center in Madinah.
The Madinah governor instructed the relevant authorities to deliver equipment to selected students within three weeks.
Prince Faisal also called on the business community to contribute to the charitable project to ensure continuity of education during the pandemic and to make it easier for needy students to achieve their educational goals.
Education Minister Dr. Hamad bin Mohammed Al-Asheikh thanked the governor for giving special attention to the education sector in the region and for his support to the initiative to help needy students.
Authorities in Madinah are taking several measures to boost the education sector. One of the many initiatives includes a system for the professional development of teachers in collaboration with the Ministry of Education.
Due to the ongoing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, authorities have taken all measures to ensure effective distant learning programs at all educational levels.

 


Saudi women get in the swing for golf glory

Though golf is a relatively new sport in the country, women have been encouraged to take up the game through new opportunities and support provided to them. (Supplied)
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Saudi women get in the swing for golf glory

  • Depending on location, players in the scheme will be designated as a Ladies First Member at either Riyadh Golf Club, Dirab Golf Club or King Abdullah Economic City’s Royal Greens Golf & Country Club

JEDDAH: Saudi women are breaking new barriers on the Kingdom’s golf greens, becoming acquainted with the sport and the benefits that come with it.
Though golf is a relatively new sport in the country, women have been encouraged to take up the game through new opportunities and support provided to them.
Golf continues to be a male-dominated sport. Despite women showing huge interest in the game, they are poorly represented in its ranks around the world.
A recently launched sporting initiative will allow women in the Kingdom to learn golf for free. The Aramco Saudi Ladies International, presented by the Public Investment Fund (PIF), is a first for the Kingdom. Another project, Golf Saudi’s innovative “Ladies First Club,” will offer complimentary membership, including golf lessons, driving range access and full 18-hole rounds on three different courses.
The offer is open to all Saudi women, with initial membership capped at 1,000. Sarah Al-Arifi, a 26-year-old Saudi entrepreneur, told Arab News that she was excited about the prospect of a Saudi female golf club. Even though the sport is perceived as male dominated globally, sports development is progressing rapidly in the Kingdom and is becoming inclusive, Al-Arifi said. She said the new projects will be “empowering.”
Al-Arifi highlighted the benefits of creating a community for every sport, not only golf, adding that from a consumer’s perspective, it promises to generate creativity.
“Having a community for a specific sport is not only important, it’s necessary because it drives competition and that’s much better for us as consumers. The obvious benefits of a community aside, as a consumer, I want there to be competition because it drives innovation and problem solving,” she said.
Depending on location, players in the scheme will be designated as a Ladies First Member at either Riyadh Golf Club, Dirab Golf Club or King Abdullah Economic City’s  Royal Greens Golf & Country Club.
The Ladies First Club will officially launch during a tournament buildup for the Aramco Saudi Ladies International presented by PIF.
It will take place between Nov. 12 and 15, two days before the Saudi Ladies Team International, which will see teams of four golfers compete for $500,000 in prize money from Nov. 17 to 19.