Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Education, Dr. Hamad bin Mohammed Al Al-Sheikh, praised the support of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and the Crown Prince for remote educational process in the kingdom.
Dr. Hamad bin Mohammed Al Al-Sheikh confirmed that the Saudi Arabia’s leadership not hesitate to provide all needs to ensure that distance learning continues through multiple solutions, despite the circumstances of the Corona pandemic.
“The leadership has always been keen for the safety of students and education staff in all of the education sectors including the public, higher education and technical training sectors especially during the corona virus pandemic,” the Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Education said.
“This year represents an unprecedented historical stage in the education process in the world and the Kingdom. Despite the challenges, the Kingdom was able to provide a unique Saudi model in distance learning that adds to the nation’s successes in coping with the pandemic at all levels,” he added.
He also pointed out that one year after the suspension of in-person learning in educational institutions on March 8, 2020 and the transition to distance learning, the educational system has demonstrated its ability to rapidly transform from actual in-person and in-campus learning to distance learning within ten hours after the suspension of in-person education, and to continue the educational process without interruption for one day.
This decision has strengthened the community partnership to spread the culture of distance education in society.
In addition, there has been continuing efforts to ensure the quality of online and distance learning through availability of multiple educational options, flexibility of the tools used, training programs, supervision and follow-up processes, provision of regulations and legislation in accordance with the best international practices, empowerment tools for teachers, and equal opportunities for everyone to showcase their creativity and interact with their students in virtual classrooms.
Dr. Al Al-Sheikh announced that the Ministry has created several educational alternatives to ensure the continuation of the educational process remotely through Madrasati platform, 23 educational channels, Ien channels on YouTube, and virtual kindergarten application.
He also praised the great efforts provided by universities and Technical and Vocational Training Corporation in providing educational options for its employees, and their collaborative roles in ensuring the continuation of the educational process.
He has asserted that the figures recorded by distance education during the year of the pandemic show the size of the achievement and the success that has been achieved with the testimony of (6) international organizations and bodies that conducted two studies comparing distance education in the Kingdom with (193) countries around the world.
The results of the two studies showed the Kingdom’s progress in (13) indicators out of (16), and the strengths of the Saudi experience through the speed of response, the diversity of options, and the continuous improvement.
Minister Al Al-Sheikh proudly stated that the Madrasati platform is a project for the nation, and everyone has partners, and it is a strategic choice for the future, and we are proud of the national competencies that have been achieved in record time and that we will continue to work on developing their tools and documenting them as a success story for the country.
Meanwhile, the Minister of Education thanked and expressed his appreciation of the education staff, including teachers, administrators, school leaders, supervisors, teaching staff and trainers, for their dedicated patriotic efforts to successfully continue the distance learning process.
He also thanked the families and parents for their cooperation and their standing with their children in overcoming the circumstances of the pandemic and completing an important step in their educational path.
The Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Education also praised the cooperation between the society’s institutions in achieving the expectations of the leadership by working together in overcoming the challenges of the pandemic at all levels.