More than 1,500 students place victories at Saudi Arabia’s Kangaroo Mawhiba math contest

More than 1,500 students place victories at Saudi Arabia’s Kangaroo Mawhiba math contest
Dr. Saud Al-Mathami, secretary-general of KSA's Mawhiba Foundation. (Supplied)
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Updated 07 April 2022

More than 1,500 students place victories at Saudi Arabia’s Kangaroo Mawhiba math contest

More than 1,500 students place victories at Saudi Arabia’s Kangaroo Mawhiba math contest
  • Competition aims to uncover talent, help students apply math concepts in daily life

RIYADH: More than 1,500 students won the three most important medals at the Kangaroo Mawhiba Math Competition 2022 in Saudi Arabia. There were 282 gold medalists, 493 silver medalists and 745 bronze medalists.

Speaking to Arab News, the students expressed pride in their accomplishments and described the competition, in which they had to solve math problems in a short amount of time, as enjoyable.

Saud Al-Mathami, secretary-general of the King Abdulaziz and His Companions Foundation for Giftedness and Creativity, also known as Mawhiba, said the foundation is proud of its collaboration with the Ministry of Education to discover and nurture Saudi Arabia’s talented human capital.

The successes, he noted, are a testament to the Kingdom’s commitment to progress and quality of education, which are reflected in the country’s ambition to develop the best educational system in the world by 2030. 




Home page of Mawhiba website. (Supplied)

This year’s mathematics competition saw 30,458 Saudi students enroll, including 17,685 male students and 12,773 female students.

The competition aims to encourage male and female students to develop mathematical skills and apply these in their daily lives.

Bandar Mamdouh, a member of the Saudi Association for Mathematical Science, said many people do not like mathematics and believe it is difficult to understand. Many students, he added, wonder why they have to take mathematics as a subject in schools.

“Math is the mother of science and the language of the times. It is also the language of accuracy and conciseness,” he said, adding that math has contributed to much of humanity’s modern technology and entertainment and is directly applicable in daily life.

Mamdouh applauded Mawhiba’s efforts to foster students’ interest in mathematics by hosting competitions. 




Logo of  Kangaroo Mawhiba for Maths Competition. (Supplied)

“We have seen an increase in the number of participants and the number of winners every year through modern teaching methods, including the use of modern technology in teaching. This has proved effective in developing students’ science skills in general, mathematics in particular,” he said.

Moath Al-Qahtani, an intermediate third-grade student at Manarat Al-Riyadh School in Riyadh and a contender for Saudi Arabia’s 2022 gold medal in the competition, first learned about it from his colleagues. He then read up on it on the Mawhiba website.

“I joined in the Kangaroo competition in order to strengthen my math skills and solve problems as rapidly as possible, and the competition has helped me apply math in my daily life,” Alqahtani said.

The biggest challenge, he noted, was solving math problems in a limited amount of time, but he acknowledged that this was useful in building his skills.

Mahdi Al-Baik, who won the gold medal, is a secondary second grade at Dar Al-Hekma School in Qatif, located in the eastern part of Saudi Arabia. A math lover, this is his fifth time participating in the competition. He described the contest as fun and enjoyable, agreeing that solving math problems as quickly as possible was certainly a skill that students who wished to participate needed to develop.


AlUla, UNESCO launch archaeology International Fellowship Program

AlUla, UNESCO launch archaeology International Fellowship Program
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AlUla, UNESCO launch archaeology International Fellowship Program

AlUla, UNESCO launch archaeology International Fellowship Program
  • Training on archaeological digs, recordkeeping
  • Focus on protecting Saudi heritage, says royal body

RIYADH: The Royal Commission for AlUla has announced the launch of an International Fellowship Program in the field of antiquities preservation in cooperation with the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

The international fellowship program provides the opportunity to explore and learn about civilizations in the northwest of the Arabian Peninsula.

The program, in cooperation with archaeologists and heritage experts from the RCU’s Kingdoms Institute, is part of a four-month workshop in AlUla. It is expected to strengthen the scientific and technology transfer partnership between the RCU and UNESCO.

Training for field and administrative positions will be offered during the course of the program, which includes the study of artifacts and the preservation of archaeological monuments and key sites of interest.

Jose Ignacio Gallego, the RCU’s archaeology and heritage research executive director, said: “The international fellowship program will enhance knowledge transfer between international experts and trainees in a variety of specialized fields.”

“The fellowship aims to support the heritage of AlUla and establish it as a center of knowledge in the field of antiquities protection, and enhances the Kingdoms Institute’s position as a leading entity that implements innovative solutions and ideas in the field of heritage research, preservation and publicization.”

The Kingdoms Institute is a project of the RCU governorate. It is located in the Dadan Oasis. Its urban design is inspired by the Dadanian civilization, which is represented by one of the most prominent buildings carved into the mountains opposite the archaeological site.

The institute includes several basic archaeological programs and research, most notably preserving rock art, inscriptions, languages, agriculture, sustainability in prehistoric times, communication, and the protection of records and sites.

The Kingdom Institute specializes in studying and analyzing artifacts, and applying international practices for archaeological excavations and heritage preservation.


Saudi King invites Chinese president to visit Kingdom on Wednesday

Saudi King invites Chinese president to visit Kingdom on Wednesday
Updated 06 December 2022

Saudi King invites Chinese president to visit Kingdom on Wednesday

Saudi King invites Chinese president to visit Kingdom on Wednesday

King Salman invited President of China Xi Jinping for an official visit to attend the Saudi-Chinese summit held in Saudi Arabia from Dec. 7 to 9, state news agency SPA reported on Tuesday. 

The summit will be chaired by King Salman and the Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman. It will look at relations between the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council and Arab states with the People's Republic of China,

Discussions are expected to focus on strengthening joint cooperation in economy and development.


Saudi’s aid agency concludes anti-blindness program in Morocco

Saudi’s aid agency concludes anti-blindness program in Morocco
Updated 06 December 2022

Saudi’s aid agency concludes anti-blindness program in Morocco

Saudi’s aid agency concludes anti-blindness program in Morocco
  • KSRelief continued providing medical aid to Syrian refugees residing in Jordan’s Zaatari camp

RIYADH: King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center has concluded an anti-blindness voluntary program in Morocco’s Tiflet.

Under the Saudi Noor Voluntary Program, held in collaboration with the Kingdom’s Al-Basar International Foundation, doctors performed 462 cataract removal operations, examined 5,800 patients and distributed 1,470 glasses.

The program comes as part of Saudi Arabia’s efforts to help low-income families in the region, according to a statement by state news agency (SPA).

KSRelief continued providing medical aid to Syrian refugees residing in Jordan’s Zaatari camp. The agency’s medical clinics offered consultations to 14,704 refugees during November, said SPA.

The laboratory and radiology departments also received 1,480 people.


Saudi Arabia’s MASAM project clears 1,307 mines in one week in Yemen

Saudi Arabia’s MASAM project clears 1,307 mines in one week in Yemen
Updated 06 December 2022

Saudi Arabia’s MASAM project clears 1,307 mines in one week in Yemen

Saudi Arabia’s MASAM project clears 1,307 mines in one week in Yemen
  • MASAM removed over 375,000 mines from Yemen since its 2018 launch

RIYADH: A total of 1,307 mines planted by the Iran-backed Houthi militia across Yemen were dismantled in one week under King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center’s (KSrelief) Masam project.

The extraction, which took place at the end of November, included 20 anti-personnel mines, 113 anti-tank mines, 1,170 unexploded ordnance, and four explosive devices, state news agency (SPA) reported.

Since its launch in 2018, the landmine clearance project has removed over 375,000 mines from Yemeni lands.

Earlier in June, KSRelief renewed Masam project for a fifth year at a cost of $33.292 million.


Saudi adventurers complete 1,200 km walk to mark UAE National Day

Saudi adventurers complete 1,200 km walk to mark UAE National Day
Updated 05 December 2022

Saudi adventurers complete 1,200 km walk to mark UAE National Day

Saudi adventurers complete 1,200 km walk to mark UAE National Day
  • Naif told Arab News that the walk had been “another accomplishment” after he previously completed more than 4 billion steps, covering 4,000 km on foot, through nine treks taking in NEOM, Makkah, Abha, Madinah, and AlUla

JEDDAH: Two Saudi adventurers have arrived in Abu Dhabi after walking for 30 days to celebrate the 51st UAE National Day.

Thirty-two-year-old Naif Shukri and his nephew Abdul Ellah Shukri, 19, started their trek from Riyadh passing through Al-Ahsa and Al-Hofuf before arriving at the UAE border, a journey of 1,200 kilometers.

Naif told Arab News that the walk had been “another accomplishment” after he previously completed more than 4 billion steps, covering 4,000 km on foot, through nine treks taking in NEOM, Makkah, Abha, Madinah, and AlUla.

He said: “Our journey titled, the Saudi is Emirati and the Emirati is Saudi, has several goals, but the most notable was the participation with Emirati brothers in their UAE National Day. It was a way to express our love and affection to the Emirati people.”

He broadcasted his trip on social media and was amazed by the interaction from Emiratis many of whom were waiting to greet the duo on the UAE border.

On Dec. 1, followers, supporters, and friends gathered at Bani Yas as Naif sent pictures of himself and his nephew holding the Saudi and UAE flag and another showing them arriving in the UAE.

“The Emirati people have been so hospitable and encouraging. The best part of the journey was the warm welcome we received upon our arrival,” he added.