Saudi Educators Excel in Master Trainer Programme

Pearson programme enhancing standard of math and science education in KSA.
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 4 May 2015: The Chief Executive of Saudi Arabia’s Tatweer Company for Educational Services (T4Edu) has congratulated the latest group of Master Trainers to complete the first phase of the Saudi Math and Science Teacher Development Programme.

The Master Trainer Programme is a key component of the broader Math and Science teacher development project being administered by T4Edu through the King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Public Education Development Project (Tatweer), in collaboration with Pearson, the world’s largest learning company. Of the 407 participants that completed the most recent course of the Programme that concluded in December 2014, a 100 per cent pass-rate was achieved, with 94 percent of these receiving the highest available score of an A grade.

Dr Mohammad Al-Zaghibi, CEO of T4Edu, says the results have exceeded all expectations. “I am delighted by what this group of educators has been able to achieve. The scores of those taking part in the Foundation Programme attest to the quality of the programme itself, the commitment of the certified trainers who delivered it and most of all, to the exceptional dedication of participants who have taken part. I have seen first-hand just how hard the participants worked to achieve these outcomes, investing their time and approaching the programme with enthusiasm and commitment. I look forward to seeing the positive difference these Master Trainers will be able to make as they go forward inspiring math and science educators across the country. I am confident that the scale of this project will lead to a tangible and measurable impact – at a national level – on the quality of math and science education throughout Saudi Arabia”.
Dr Mohammad advised that feedback he had received from within T4Edu’s Scientific Committee was that the materials were of a very high quality and standard and had contributed to this project being one of the best ever commissioned in Saudi Arabia. He also advised that the women taking part in the programme had achieved excellent results.
Feedback from the programme’s participants has been very positive. One participant who successfully completed the programme said:
“I enjoyed every single moment of this experience, even if some parts of the journey were quite hard. The success of the programme is due to the skills and the creativity of those who designed and implemented it”.
The Foundation level of the programme has now been completed with 474 Master Trainers having passed this stage. These Master Trainers are now able to progress onto intermediate and advanced level trainer courses, which will begin in April and May of this year.
Under the Master Trainer Programme, designed and implemented by Pearson, participants are trained as “Master Trainers”, provided with the pedagogical skills and knowledge necessary to go onto train over 100,000 mathematics and science educators in schools across Saudi Arabia. The aim of the Master Trainer Programme and associated Blended Professional Development Programme (also being developed by Pearson) is to improve the overall standard of mathematics and science education in the Kingdom and measurably enhance the performance of Saudi learners in these subjects as part of T4Edu’s STEM Initiative.

Education Survey: Saudi Learners Aiming High

Survey undertaken by world’s largest learning organisation gives snapshot of KSA students’ ambitions.
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 29 November 2014: A study undertaken by Pearson, the world’s largest learning company has found that Saudi students have high expectations for their future. Of those Saudi students surveyed, 71 percent revealed they are planning to undertake further study and 62 percent said that they have plans to study abroad.

Pearson, which offers Edexcel, BTEC and LCCI qualifications in Saudi Arabia, surveyed learners who had recently completed a Pearson qualification in the Kingdom. The ‘Next Steps’ Survey was part of a global undertaking by the company to determine how well qualifications are preparing learners for higher education and the workforce, and to better understand the long-term career aspirations of graduates.
Karim Daoud, Pearson’s Managing Director in the Middle East, says the results of the survey in Saudi Arabia show young people in the Kingdom are taking their education, and future career, seriously.
“I am encouraged by the large number of Saudi school and college leavers who have plans to continue their education at university level, either at home, or abroad. The results of the survey suggest our youth understand the importance of a good education to their future earning potential, and ability to find rewarding employment in a tight regional and global job market”.
Ensuring qualifications have a positive impact on the lives of those who undertake them is of critical importance to Pearson, a company who has made a global pledge to support efficacy in education. Mr Daoud says:
“We firmly believe that learning should be a life-changing opportunity and a great education should have a measureable, proven impact on learners’ lives. That is why Pearson aims to report on the learning outcomes of all its products and services by 2018. That means everything we do here in Saudi Arabia, including our qualifications offering, will be assessed according to an Efficacy framework. However, the Kingdom’s results in the Next Steps Survey suggest that we are already on the right path to ensuring learners are benefitting from their education, with exciting future prospects opened up to them as a result of their Pearson qualification”.
Riyadh-based student, Fayssal Al Qudrah who completed a Pearson International GSCE, says the qualification was excellent preparation for his future academic aspirations, which include studying pre-pharmacy at the University of Bridgeport in the United States, and eventually medicine at a foreign university.
“I wanted to study something that would help me realise my goal of becoming a medical doctor. My Pearson IAL AS Level qualifications in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology was a great basis for my current studies. I hope to go to a leading university in the United States – my International GSCE qualification has set me on the right path to achieving this goal. I would recommend to other young Saudis with big dreams to also consider an internationally recognised qualification – it really can help set you up for an exciting future”.
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Conference to throw the spotlight on nursing as a profession of choice for Saudi Nationals.

2ndSaudi Health Nursing Conference supports ‘Saudization’ initiative 
Riyadh – April 29, 2014: Highlighting the need for Saudi Nationals to adopt nursing as a career choice, the Saudi Health Exhibition & Conference 2014, the largest international healthcare event in Saudi Arabia, will host the second Saudi Health Nursing Conference with a focus on ‘Bridging the Gap from Rhetoric to Reality.’ In line with organizers’ philosophy of ‘Exhibition with Education,’ the conference will offer 30-hours CME accreditation and will run from 19 – 21 May, 2014 at the Riyadh International Convention and Exhibition Centre.

H.E. Dr. Mohammed Bin Hamza Khoshaim, Deputy Minister of Health (MoH) for Planning and Development, Ministry of Health, will be among the key speakers at the Saudi Health Nursing Conference to discuss the MoH’s strategic approach for developing the nursing field within the Kingdom. The conference is being organized with an aim to present nursing as a novel profession in Saudi Arabia.

Aside from raising awareness on employment opportunities for local youth in the field, the conference will focus on achieving excellence in delivery of compassionate patient and family-centred care. It will engage in debate with local workforce about the shaping of nursing profession in future, highlight the MoH’s directions and agenda, underscore leading innovative technology solutions and trends, embrace networking opportunities with global experts and focus on the significance of the field development.
Jane Wilshaw, Executive Director – Nursing Services, King Fahad Medical City and the Chairperson of the 2nd Saudi Health Nursing Conference, says: “Building upon the interest and demand of the profession, the Saudi Health Nursing Conference has achieved exponential growth. During its second edition, the emphasis will be to encourage national youth to adopt this profession and overcome societal concerns. It will also enable the fulfilling of the national goals of ‘Saudization’ in nursing sector.”
“In King Fahad Medical City (KFMC), we have embarked upon a ‘Saudization’ program to motivate more nationals to join our nursing team. Under the program, we send qualified undergraduates abroad so that they can obtain an International Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing. Moreover, Saudi nurses with diplomas are being encouraged to join International Bridging Programs or to study in one of the Kingdom’s universities. While KFMC is aware that expatriate expertise is vital to successfully run nursing faculty within the hospital, our strategy is to have a workforce which comprises 30 per cent of Saudi Nationals by 2020,” concludes Wilshaw.    
To be held under the patronage of Ministry of Health, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Saudi Health Exhibition & Conference 2014, is being jointly organized by the Riyadh Exhibitions Company (REC) and Informa Life Sciences Exhibitions. Its strategic partners include Saudi Food & Drug Authority, Council of Health Services, Sultan Bin Abdulaziz Humanitarian City, and Council of Saudi Chambers. 

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E-Learning Initiatives Help Realise Saudi’s Vision of a Knowledge-Based Economy

Growth of e-learning in KSA marks the next phase of educational development in the country
Riyadh, KSA, Dubai, UAE, 7 October 2013: As Saudi Arabia realises its long-term goals of improving literacy and school attendance rates, embedding e-learning in Saudi schools and universities is fast becoming the next major education challenge for the country.
Saudi Arabia has achieved remarkable improvements in education over recent years, with literacy hitting an all-time high of 96 per cent, and 99 per cent of school age children in the Kingdom now attending school. With basic education indicators firmly on a pathway of success, education experts are now looking to e-learning as the next focus of Saudi Arabia’s education policy.
Establishing e-learning as the norm in Saudi educational institutions is already well underway. Higher education institutions have undergone major changes in recent years, as they offer blended learning options, moving away from entirely face-to-face delivery. Digital learning tools, such as e-texts and online learning systems are becoming increasingly common in universities throughout the country.
The Kingdom’s burgeoning e-learning capability was the focus of the recent conference hosted by the Saudi National Centre for E-Learning and Distance Learning and King Khalid University. The theme of the conference was “Development and Shareability in E-Learning” and brought together e-learning deans from universities across Saudi Arabia and around the world. Leading international experts in education technology discussed the latest innovations in digital education, and how they can be leveraged to improve the learning outcomes of Saudi tertiary students.
A speaker at the Conference, Dr Jeff Borden, Pearson’s Vice President of Instruction and Academic Strategy and Lead at the Centre of Online Learning, has had global experience in designing e-learning programmes for learning institutions. Dr Borden believes that entrenching a culture of e-learning in higher education is also critical to the Saudi Government’s goal of achieving a diversified, knowledge based economy.
“Saudi Arabia’s commitment to improving education has led to significant gains in the country’s key education indicators. According to data from the World Bank and the OECD, illiteracy in Saudi Arabia has fallen to below 4 per cent and more and more school leavers are now entering higher education. The country is now in an excellent position to continue to build on these significant educational and associated economic gains by harnessing the power of digital learning solutions”.
“International research demonstrates that the dissemination of e-learning technology in universities contributes meaningfully to the development of knowledge based economies. This is in part because e-learning helps more people engage in higher levels of learning as historical learning constraints such as distance or lack of time are broken down. E-learning also fosters the skills necessary in the development and building of a knowledge based economy, which in turn leads to growth in productivity, entrepreneurship, and competitiveness. By embracing e-learning solutions, Saudi universities are therefore contributing to the long-term prosperity of the country as a whole.”  
Mohammed Asiri, Pearson’s Country Manager in Saudi Arabia believes that the educational technology adopted by universities in Saudi Arabia will be effective in improving student learning outcomes and lead to tangible improvements in institutions’ results.

“Pearson has been working closely with a number of tertiary institutions across the country to assist in achieving a sustainable transformation to technology enabled education. Pearson is dedicated to providing the right expertise and infrastructure for the availability, shareability, and re-useability of quality learning systems and content. We are helping universities embrace the e-learning revolution, and thereby helping to ensure to today’s students are equipped with the skills necessary to thrive in Saudi Arabia’s increasingly technology-reliant workplaces”.