Saudi Arabia plans e-learning portal for kindergarten pupils

Time: 06 April 2021

Saudi Arabia’s new kindergarten e-learning portal will feature attractive and interesting tools that enable teachers to evaluate and enhance students’ basic skill

Abu Dhabi: Saudi Arabia will launch an e-learning portal for kindergarten pupils in the next academic year, local media reported.

Minister of Education, Dr. Hamad Al Sheikh, said the new portal would feature attractive and interesting tools that enable teachers to evaluate and enhance students’ basic skills.

The remarks were made on Monday as the minister honoured officials of the Madrasati e-learning platform, including the Public Education Agency, the E-Learning and Distance Education Department, the Digital Transformation Department, and the Cybersecurity Department, in appreciation of their efforts to render successful the distance learning process.

An online nursery, where children can learn by taking part in activities and watching videos on smartphones, has already launched in Saudi Arabia.

Children between the ages of 3 and 6 can log in to their nurseries on mobile phones and learn Islamic studies, play games, read stories and submit projects.

Through the virtual nursery, which is open to Saudi citizens and residents, children can access age-appropriate educational content similar to what is provided at schools.

“The children do not get direct support from teachers but can upload projects and work on the platform, which is assessed by a teacher.

As children cannot be exposed to smartphones for long periods of time, the application automatically shuts the child out after they have used it for an hour.

This article was first published in Gulf News

If you want more interesting news or videos of this website click on this link Gulf News Home

‘Remote learning is one of the greatest opportunities’: Saudi expert

Time: 26 November 2020

Raising awareness about remote learning is important, says Abeer Hassan, an educationist

MAKKAH: Saudi society has been torn between the pros and cons of remote learning, which has laid the foundations of a new technological era.
“Remote learning is one of the greatest opportunities,” noted education expert, Abeer Hassan, the director of the innovation club at King Saud University.
“Analysis of the educational developments currently taking place around the Arab world … within the scope of remote working are the most significant evidence of (its) success, through the adoption of its models and the exchange of skills,” she added.
“Although we have been greatly successful, there are still some shortcomings such as the high financial costs, some communities not accepting this type of education, and some people refusing to replace teachers with television,” Hassan added.
“Awareness raising and highlighting the pioneering role of remote learning are of great importance. The first signs of its success are found in the continuous dynamic developments we are witnessing in the remote learning system,” she pointed out.
Nasser Bukhari, a parent, said that “remote learning burdened the families that now have to monitor their children throughout the year. Many families are now suffering due to the negative repercussions of students using tablets and mobile phones for long hours.
“This issue has affected their ability to focus,” he added, noting that “what characterized remote learning is that it helped families learn about technology and applications, shortened distances and vanquished the pandemic that took over the world.
“Remote learning helped preserve the health of Saudi Arabia’s citizens and residents. It was a courageous decision … that was lauded by all the beneficiaries, who clearly contributed to the harnessing of this technology, which might still be used even after the pandemic ends,” Bukhari added.
Waleed Shanaq, a student at Makkah’s Ali bin Abi Taleb High School, stressed that “remote learning was a wonderful idea, through which students were able to interact and complete their assignments since day one. This is a great platform that has diversified the means of learning.
“Remote learning is not a good decision when it come to all the subjects, as mathematics, physics and chemistry require an attendance in person. As for the other subjects, it would be a good idea to keep providing them remotely even after the pandemic ends,” he added.
“One of the problems facing remote learning is the indifferent students that are hard to monitor. This technology requires a quality of students who are aware of this technological and educational change, which demands an educational and moral commitment,” Shanaq said.

This article was first published in Arab News

If you want more interesting news or videos of this website click on this link  Arab News Home

UNESCO praises Saudi Arabia for keeping education going during COVID-19 lockdown

Time: 08 October 2020  

UNESCO said lessons were available online within 10 hours of Saudi schools closing due to COVID-19 March. (SPA/File)
  • Report says Saudi Arabia’s transition to distance learning had been a “success story”.
  • Online lessons were available within 10 hours of schools closing

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s education ministry had been praised by UNESCO for measures it took to handle the coronavirus pandemic.

The report by the UN’s Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization said Saudi Arabia had “ensured the continuation of the remote educational process and maintained the safety for more than six million students in public schools and universities.”

The report focussed on the second semester of the last school year, as lock down measures went in to full force to stop the spread of COVID-19.

It detailed how Saudi Arabia successfully implemented emergency plans from February, which were continuously updated.

Specialized committees and work teams were formed “to ensure the readiness of the education and training system to produce results that guarantee the safety of education personnel,” UNESCO said.

The report said Saudi Arabia’s transition to distance learning had been a “success story”.

Online classes were set up within 10 hours of the decision to close schools in late March and lessons were broadcast via satellite on 20 TV channels.

They were also available on YouTube where views reached more than 61 million.

In higher education, 27 public universities hosted two million virtual classes and more than six million panel discussions.

This article was first published in Arab News

If you want more interesting news or videos of this website click on this link  Arab News Home

Saudi education minister opens two digital colleges for women

18/09/20

Education minister Hamad Al-Sheikh. (SPA)

RIYADH: Hamad Al-Sheikh inaugurated the first two digital colleges for women in Riyadh and Jeddah on Wednesday.
The ceremony was held in the presence of the governor of the Technical and Vocational Training Corporation (TVTC), Ahmed Al-Fuhaid.
The colleges will provide specialized training programs for about 4,000 trainees in several fields. Programs on offer include network systems management, media technology, software, the Internet of things, smart cities, robotics technology, artificial intelligence and machine learning.

This article was first published in Arab News

If you want more interesting news or videos of this website click on this link  Arab News Home

OIC discusses ways to empower women in STEM education

11/09/20

JEDDAH: Plans to step up the provision of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education for women and girls were on Thursday discussed at a meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).
During a virtual workshop, members of the body’s general secretariat looked at ways of improving access to learning for women and girls in OIC countries. The OIC event was held in cooperation with the Islamic Development Bank (IDB), the Islamic World Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (ICESCO), and the Standing Committee on Scientific and Technological Cooperation.

This article was first published in Arab News

If you want more interesting news or videos of this website click on this link  Arab News Home

240,000 students take part in stellar Saudi space education program

29/08/20

Photo/Supplied
  • ‘Through the program, I learned why countries spend billions of dollars on space exploration and the most important satellites launched for this purpose’

JEDDAH: A Saudi space education program for students has proved a stellar success after attracting more than 240,000 online participants.
The “9 Space Trips” initiative, launched by the Saudi Space Authority (SSA) in cooperation with the Ministry of Education, was run during the summer to promote space science and its related fields among middle and high school students.
The program included a variety of space-orientated topics and scientific experiments aimed at youth wishing to learn more about the sector.
Dr. Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh, the SSA’s chief executive, noted the large number of students who had taken part on different interactive platforms and pointed out that through the Space Generations Program (Ajyal) for the development of human capital, the authority aimed to provide an inspirational education environment to encourage the Kingdom’s space scientists of the future.
To help achieve the program’s strategic goals, a number of projects and initiatives have been designed to empower young people to lead and develop the sector. The Ministry of Education is the SSA’s strategic partner, and the “9 Space Trips” summer program marked the start of a joint cooperation project between the two bodies.
Over a three-week period, it included nine virtual and interactive trips on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays lasting two hours per session.
Program participant Mahmoud Al-Hamoud, a 12th grade student from Jeddah, told Arab News that prior taking part he knew little about space, but the experience had enriched his knowledge on the subject.
“Through the program, I learned why countries spend billions of dollars on space exploration and the most important satellites launched for this purpose. Before, I thought that there was only one galaxy, the Milky Way. We were told that there are 12 trillion galaxies, and this reflects the greatness of the Creator,” he said.
Al-Hamoud added that the program taught students how they could become the astronauts of the future and what NASA’s requirements were for becoming a space pilot. “We also learned about the training courses that astronauts receive, in addition to other interesting information about space.”
Although planning to study pharmacology, Al-Hamoud said that participating in the “9 Space Trips” project had made him think seriously about space travel and possibly pursuing a career as a space scientist.
He added that the program mirrored Saudi Arabia’s ambition to produce a generation that could further space exploration.
“The Saudi Space Authority and the Ministry of Education offered an inspiring program that will pave the way for many ambitious students to study space and contribute to international efforts to discover the outer world.”

This article was first published in Arab News

If you want more interesting news or videos of this website click on this link  Arab News Home

King Abdul Aziz Center for World Culture launches ‘Tanween Challenges’

Time: 21 August, 2020

The program will run from Aug. 27 to Oct. 18. (Shutterstock)

DHAHRAN: The King Abdul Aziz Center for World Culture (Ithra) launched its Tanween Challenges program on Thursday. The program, which runs from Aug. 27 to Oct. 18, will encourage participants to work with industry experts to design and develop projects and products to benefit Saudi Arabia.
The five challenges announced so far on Ithra’s website are: “Reimagining the Crafts of Saudi Arabia,” “The Future of Creative Placemaking,” “Creativity Needs You,” “Cardboard Furniture” and “A New Outdoors.” Participants will discuss ideas and existing projects in each field, and attempt to create their own product or project. Winners will have their designs featured by the relevant industry experts.

This article was first published in Arab News

If you want more interesting news or videos of this website click on this link  Arab News Hom

AI training program for young Saudis

Previous

Time: 31 August, 2020

Dr. Abdullah bin Sharaf Al-Ghamdi. (SPA)
  • Saudi Arabia’s share of this advanced economy will be 12.4 percent by 2030

MAKKAH: Dr. Abdullah bin Sharaf Al-Ghamdi, president of the Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority on Monday announced the launch of a training program in the field of data and artificial intelligence (AI) for 100 young men and women in the Makkah region.
He was speaking at the inaugural ceremony of the 5th Makkah Cultural Forum.
Al-Ghamdi said: “We are living in the era of data economy and AI. In 2015, the global data volume was 15 zettabytes, which increased to 50 zettabytes in 2020. In 2025m it will rise to 175 zettabytes.”
He said the global economy has an opportunity to exploit this huge volume of data. According to studies, Al-Ghamdi added, the Kingdom’s share of this advanced economy will be 12.4 percent by 2030.

This article was first published in Arab News

If you want more interesting news or videos of this website click on this link  Arab News Home

Saudis win honor at physics competition

27/07/20

Photo/Social media
  • Saudi Physics Team had already one gold medal and another bronze medal in the 2019 Physics Olympics organized in Latvia

RIYADH: Five Saudi students representing the King Abdul Aziz and His Companions Foundation for Giftedness and Creativity (Mawhiba) have won four medals at a prestigious physics competition.
In its second consecutive participation at the European Physics Olympiad (EuPhO) 2020, Saudi Arabia, represented by Saudi high school students, won four medals as they participated in the virtual event organized this year by Romania and held between July 19 to July 26.
With this international achievement, the Kingdom raised the total number of gold and bronze medals and certificates of appreciation won to a total of six medals, as the Saudi Physics Team had already one gold medal and another bronze medal in the 2019 Physics Olympics organized in Latvia.

This article was first published in Arab News

If you want more interesting news or videos of this website click on this link  Arab News Home

Digital library opens new chapter in Saudi Arabia

Time: 19 July, 2020

The library contains 446,044 digital books. (Shutterstock)
  • The library seeks to become the largest assembly of digital knowledge sources in the Middle East in terms of size and type of resources

RIYADH: The Saudi Digital Library at the Ministry of Education provides 169 databases in a range of academic fields to help researchers, students and others across the Kingdom.
Public and private universities, teachers and scholarship students are among those benefiting from the library’s digital services, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Saturday.
The library seeks to become the largest assembly of digital knowledge sources in the Middle East in terms of size and type of resources.
More than 65 entities have benefited from the service to date.
The library contains 446,044 digital books, 60,000 scientific journals, 6,548,350 research and conference papers, 5,224,410 university theses, and 3,061,669 scientific reports, in addition to 461,004 multimedia that includes images and scientific films in various disciplines, as well as more than 12,000,000 scientific subjects in information assets owned by the library.
Recent statistics show that there are more than 2.2 million beneficiaries of the library services.

This article was first published in Arab News

If you want more interesting news or videos of this website click on this link  Arab News Home