1,400 Saudis trained in culture of dialogue

1,400 Saudis trained in culture of dialogue
Updated 22 March 2015

1,400 Saudis trained in culture of dialogue

1,400 Saudis trained in culture of dialogue

The Riyadh-based Dialogue Academy for Training and Public Opinion Polls (DATPOP) said on Saturday that it has trained 1,400 Saudis in the past eight months through 45 programs conducted across the Kingdom.
The program was part of the initiative by King Abdul Aziz Center for National Dialogue (KACND) that seeks to promote the culture of dialogue through community-based training. It brings together all sects and groups for dealing with various issues and to consolidate the value of dialogue through the community.
The trainees represented governmental, civil and private sector organizations. Programs included training of trainers and ways of promoting a culture of dialogue, both in Arabic and English. They were also trained in developing communications and dialogue in the work environment.
The training packages, prepared and developed by a number of specialists and certified trainers at the academy, consist of training modules, skills and values, including tests to evaluate skills, brainstorming sessions, workshops, role-playing and comprehensive stories.
Training is an essential aspect of KACND to promote community participation and to disseminate the culture of dialogue in the community through training programs in partnership with the major institutions of society — family, mosque and school.
Launched in 2004, KACND held its first training program following the fourth national conference on intellectual dialogue titled, “Youth Issues: Status and Future Prospects,” where the center organized several workshops focused on youngsters as the nucleus of Saudi society, as they represent a major segment of the population of the Kingdom’s population.
Training programs are conducted in collaboration with governmental and private institutions, and other entities to promote moderation, tolerance and acceptance of others’ opinions.