Saudi Arabia e-learning efforts praised in UNESCO talks

The forum aimed to highlight the efforts of countries in dealing with the pandemic’s effect on education. (Supplied)
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Updated 18 October 2020

Saudi Arabia e-learning efforts praised in UNESCO talks

  • Saudi Arabia pursued a broad strategy to combat the pandemic directly and alleviate its dangers

RIYADH: The Ministry of Education has reviewed the Kingdom’s achievements in distance learning amid the coronavirus pandemic as part of a UNESCO forum.
Auhood Alfaries, general director of the Ministry of Education’s e-learning and distance learning directorate, delivered a speech to the “Mobile Learning Week” forum on Saudi efforts in ensuring educational continuity and the preservation of student safety.
The forum aimed to highlight the efforts of countries in dealing with the pandemic’s effect on education, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Saturday.
“World countries have experienced a new and different reality due to the pandemic that has contributed to a paradigm shift on all levels around the world, which resulted in pursuing strategies in accordance with a new vision, and also considering innovative solutions,” said Alfaries.
She added that Saudi Arabia pursued a broad strategy to combat the pandemic directly and alleviate its dangers. 


Houthis, Iran condemned over new drone attacks on KSA

Updated 26 October 2020

Houthis, Iran condemned over new drone attacks on KSA

  • One civilian injured by shrapnel after Saudi-led coalition intercepts four flying bombs launched from Yemen

JEDDAH: Houthi militias and their Iranian backers were condemned on Sunday after the Saudi-led coalition intercepted four explosive-laden drones in two attacks launched from Yemen targeting the south of the Kingdom.

Three of the drones were destroyed early on Saturday and a fourth on Sunday. Shrapnel that fell in Sarat Abidah governorate injured a civilian, and damaged five homes and three vehicles, said civil defense spokesman Capt. Mohammed Abdu Al-Sayed.

Iran was increasing its support to the Houthis to undermine efforts for peace, Dr. Hamdan Al-Shehri, the political analyst and international relations scholar, told Arab News.

“They want the Houthis to sabotage all they can in Saudi Arabia, regardless of whether their target is a populated area, oil facilities or even a sacred place. This adds tension to the area, and that is what Iran is working on.”

Iranians want the Houthis to sabotage all they can in Saudi Arabia, regardless of whether their target is a populated area, oil facilities or even a sacred place. This adds tension to the area, and that is what Iran is working on.

Dr. Hamdan Al-Shehri, political analyst and international relations scholar

Al-Shehri said the situation in Yemen would remain the same unless the legitimate government was returned to Yemen, Security Council Resolution 2216 was put into practice and the Houthi militia were removed.

“Without these things, the Yemen crisis will not end and the whole region will remain in tension.”

The Houthis did not differentiate between military sites and civilian locations, he said.

“Their objective is to damage all places they can reach in Saudi Arabia, and their latest attempts to attack a populated area are nothing new.

“They have also targeted airports and some Aramco oil facilities. If the Aramco attack had not been contained, the damage would have affected the whole Eastern region. They have also attempted to target Makkah, where pilgrims and worshippers were performing their rituals.

“They don’t care. If you look back at what the Revolutionary Guards did at the Grand Mosque, you will realize it is not strange that the Houthis are trying to destroy everything in Saudi Arabia. The strange thing is the silence of the world toward what is happening.”