Big education push for Madinah

Big education push for Madinah
DEVOTION: Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Naif visit the Prophet’s final resting place in Madinah Haram.
Updated 24 June 2016

Big education push for Madinah

Big education push for Madinah

MADINAH: Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman announced several new projects in Madinah on Thursday, focusing on improving health, education, water, electricity and sanitation services.
The projects, to be overseen by Madinah Gov. Prince Faisal bin Salman, include several at the Islamic University valued at SR843 million, which include gyms, housing for faculty members, buildings for deans of admissions, registration and student affairs, science laboratories, Islamic research center, a building for the Arabic faculty, and other infrastructure.
Ibrahim bin Ali Al-Abeed, acting director of the university, said the facility continues to receive considerable support from King Salman and the government, which has enabled it to fulfill its mission to teach Muslims and Islam, according to SPA on Thursday.
He said the development of the university’s buildings and facilities is aimed at ensuring the comfort and well being of students and faculty. There would be education projects launched in other parts of Madinah worth SR341 million, he said.
The new projects include 45 new education buildings, with 25 for boys worth SR171 million and 11 for girls worth SR77 million. There would also be three new education projects in Al-Hanakya, three in Wadi Al-Fara’, six in Khabeer province, and five in Badr. In addition, there would be about 515 new classrooms for boys and 209 classrooms for girls to serve 217,200 students across all grades.
The report stated that they would be built using the latest engineering technology and specifications, as part of the measures introduced by the government under Vision 2030 and the National Transformation Program 2020, to boost education outcomes in the country.
Minister of Education Ahmed Al-Issa said King Salman had specifically arrived in Madinah during the holy month to follow up on service delivery and review the implementation of important projects, which were vital for the region’s sustainable development.
The king was committed to ensuring that the education sector was properly supported and monitored. The Kingdom has made considerable progress on the education front on all levels including curricula, infrastructure such as buildings, staff and equipment, Al-Issa said.
Nasser Al-Abdalkareem, the director of education in Madinah, welcomed King Salman to the city on behalf of the region’s employees, and described the visit as a generous gesture and blessing that embodies the depth of relations and cohesion between the leader and the country’s people.
He said the public education sector in the Kingdom has seen significant advancements in line with Vision 2030, to create a suitable learning environment for students that includes a high quality curriculum, school buildings, and improved teachers’ performance, he was quoted as saying.
The report stated that the government continues to make considerable investments in the provision of water and electricity for citizens, with the country already the world leader in terms of desalinated water production. A strategic storage project was launched, valued at SR235 million with a capacity of up to 3 million cubic meters. This would ensure water security for the people of Madinah.
Saleh bin Abdulaziz Jablawi, director general of the water department in Madinah, said King Salman’s visit demonstrated the level of commitment of the government to water and related services in the city. The water and sanitation networks would boost services to citizens, residents and pilgrims in Madinah, he was quoted as saying.
King Salman will also inaugurate several new projects at Taibah university worth SR693 million, which include new buildings for senior management and community services, and a new building for the girls’ college branches in Yanbu and Al-Alabama Mahrous Ghaban, acting director of the university, praised King Salman for visiting the region and supporting development projects.
Other projects to be inaugurated include those of the Saudi Electricity Company, which will cost an estimated SR1 billion. These include the creation of a new central station, a new trench station, and 15 transfer stations. The company was also planning to set up four central stations to support Madinah, Madaen and Yanbu.
There would also be several municipal services projects launched in the city worth SR1 billion, which include flood protection, road, gardens and parks; and health projects at an estimated cost of SR415 million with the launch of the 500-bed Madinah General Hospital.
Last year, King Salman launched the new Prince Muhammad bin Abdulaziz International Airport, heralding a new era of public–private partnership in the Kingdom’s aviation history. The project, spread over an area of 4 million square meters, is the Kingdom’s first airport constructed and operated entirely by the private sector.
The airport project, which has the capacity to handle 8 million passengers a year in the first phase, will be increased to 18 million in the second phase, and then 40 million after the third and final phase.
Ever since the upgrading of the airport into an international facility 10 years ago, the airport has witnessed steady growth in passenger traffic with the operation of 36 aviation companies, which would rise significantly during the Haj season.