JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s top talents are gathering on Wednesday at the Red Sea Mall in commemoration of the 92nd Saudi National Day, as part of a three-day exhibit, organized by the King Abdulaziz and his Companions Foundation for Giftedness and Creativity, also known as Mawhiba.
The event, titled “It’s our home, and home to talent,” will be sponsored by Jeddah Gov. Prince Saud bin Jalawi, who will be attending on behalf of Deputy Gov. of the Makkah Region Prince Badr bin Sultan. Among the attendees will be some of the students who won prizes during the last edition of the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair, which was held May 7-13 in Atlanta, Georgia.
According to Majed Al-Kinani, director of Mawhiba’s media department, the foundation will offer 2,000 students the opportunity to join Mawhiba’s programs for talent and creativity.
“One thousand awards will give the selected students of both genders the chance to become eligible to attend the National Project for Gifted Identification. The other 1,000 awards will be offered to the talented students to enable them to join various national talent and creativity contests. Winners in these contests can take part in international competitions,” Al-Kinani told Arab News.
He added that Mawhiba is eager to highlight the importance of discovering talents, wherever they are in the Kingdom.
“Mawhiba also seeks to stress the role families and teachers can play in discovering talented youths before enrolling them in the National Project for Gifted Identification, which Mawhiba holds annually in partnership with the Ministry of Education, the Education and Training Evaluation Commission and the National Center for Assessment,” he said.
Al-Kinani said that the exhibit will include a 92-photo gallery documenting the story of Saudi talents, from the time their talents were discovered and nurtured to the moment they won international awards.
“There will also be an interactive theater and an information corner where attendants can learn more about Mawhiba and its programs. Children can also enjoy a number of activities and events, specially designed for the national occasion,” he said.