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Saudi Reforms Educational Curriculum to Emphasize Knowledge, Skills and Tolerance | ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
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Riyadh, Asharq Al-Awsat- Speaking to Asharq Al-Awsat, a representative of the Saudi Ministry of Education has revealed the ministry’s plans for a general evolution in Saudi Arabia’s national curriculum. The focus will be on developing thinking skills and equipping students with Islamic conduct and traits such as tolerance and dialogue. He said that this recent progression centres on the philosophy of nurturing and development as the country looks forward to contributing in today’s information technology age. The project aims for a comprehensive shift in the educational system, starting at the roots, to catch up with the fast-paced world events of the modern age. It also aims to provide effective means to implement this plan; creating an awareness of the latest developments by incorporating more information and knowledge, learning from the experience of others, outlining the skills needed in the different educational levels and applying knowledge and theory to practice. More emphasis will be placed on developing critical and practical thinking skills as well as other skills required for productive work. It is the Saudi Ministry of Education’s belief that the educational curriculum that once befit the past social circumstances are now no longer applicable to the progressive contemporary Saudi society where the levels of education, growth in economy, technological advances and daily life must run parallel to education. This reform comes in time for the country’s anticipation of the telecommunications revolution.