Dr Al-Sheikh reiterates KSA’s success in turning COVID-19 challenges into outstanding achievements

RIYAD – Education Minister Dr Hamad Bin Mohammed Al-Sheikh confirmed at the GCC Education Ministers’ Meeting, held on Sunday by videoconference, that the Kingdom, under the leadership of a wise leadership, has succeeded in transforming the challenges of COVID-19. pandemic that turned public education into exceptional achievements.

Dr Al-Sheikh added that Saudi Arabia places great importance on public education at all local, regional and international levels, implementing several development projects to prepare students to keep pace with future changes. and to achieve the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 strategic objectives linked to the Human Capacities Development Agenda.

He explained that the Ministry of Education has carried out several development projects during the new school year, including; develop curricula and study plans, establish the new track system for secondary education and implement the three-semester academic year.

He added that education in the Kingdom has made significant progress in online learning and distance education, citing the “Madrasati” platform which has provided e-learning services for the stages of public education and was ranked among the top seven global e-learning platforms, and the launch of the “Rawdati” platform to provide e-learning services for kindergartens.

For his part, the Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), Nayef Falah Al-Hajraf, stressed the importance of integration and coordination among GCC states to exchange scientific and educational experiences, and Leverage efforts to address the challenges and impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the education sector in GCC states to achieve ambitions and enhance future opportunities to serve GCC interests.

During the meeting, participants discussed the results of the 40th session of the GCC Supreme Council and the Riyadh Declaration, as well as the completion of the monitoring and documentation of the efforts of the ministries of higher education and scientific research from GCC countries to fight the pandemic, strengthen Gulf joint work and develop technical capacities in the public sector. – SPA

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