Saudi schools ‘nucleus’ of sporting talent, says sports chief

Prince Abdul Aziz bin Turki Al-Faisal praised the government for promoting sports in the Kingdom. (SPA)
Updated 16 January 2019

Saudi schools ‘nucleus’ of sporting talent, says sports chief

  • The program would train students with an eye on unearthing Olympic-level athletes

JEDDAH: Prince Abdul Aziz bin Turki Al-Faisal, chairman of the General Sports Authority (GSA) and vice-chair of the Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee (SOC), announced that the Olympic Values Education Program would target more than 60,000 students in the Kingdom, at a press conference in King Abdullah Sports City, Jeddah.

The program is currently being run in Riyadh and Al-Jouf, and aims to eventually employ over 1,000 teachers.

The GSA chairman also praised the government for promoting sports in the Kingdom, which is an integral part of the Vision 2030.

He said that schools were the nucleus of sporting talent in Saudi Arabia, emphasizing the need for cooperation between the GAS, the SOC and the Ministry of Education to help young athletes become Olympians.

He added that the program would train students with an eye on unearthing Olympic-level athletes, but also to promote respect, tolerance and sportsmanship in schools. 

 


Organization of Islamic Cooperation’s rights body underscores role of youth in progress

Updated 11 December 2019

Organization of Islamic Cooperation’s rights body underscores role of youth in progress

  • The OIC body stressed the need to invest in the education

JEDDAH: The Organization of Islamic Cooperation’s (OIC) Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission (IPHRC) called on all member states to bolster their efforts to integrate the role of youth in achieving the goals of sustainable development.

In a statement issued on Tuesday marking the “International Human Rights Day,” the rights body said in order to capitalize on the youth potential, the OIC has proposed a “youth strategy” with particular focus on alleviating poverty, promoting universal education and ensuring gender equality.

It said the energy and creativity of youth are vital for building peace and inclusive societies.

The OIC body stressed the need to invest in the education and character building of the youth for a better future.

The IPHRC, realizing the importance of youth, held its 2019 annual seminar on the subject of “Importance of promoting and protecting the rights of youth for building peaceful democratic societies and sustainable development,” in Tashkent in October.