ISLAMABAD: A primary school in Saudi Arabia’s Bisha governorate is being lauded on social media for throwing a warm farewell party to a Pakistani student, who was returning to his home country following the death of his father.
A viral video of the farewell party, uploaded on Twitter by the Bisha education department and several other prominent Saudi Twitter accounts, showed teachers and students at a primary school bidding farewell to the student, Ahmed.
A teacher could be seen escorting the child to a hall in the school for a cake-cutting ceremony as his schoolmates lined up in the hallway.
“We are humans! This is how our school staff, including faculty and students, bade farewell to our son, Ahmed, from the Pakistani community, as he leaves our country, Saudi Arabia, for his country Pakistan,” the Bisha education department said in a Twitter post this week.
Prominent Saudi media personality Faisal Abdul Kareem also tweeted the video and provided some details about the party, saying that Ahmed had been residing in the Kingdom with his family.
But his family decided to return to Pakistan upon the death of his father.
“The administration and teachers of his school in Bisha organized a touching farewell party for him in the presence of the students,” Kareem wrote.
“Humanity, reparation, and a tender touch. A love situation that his memory will carry throughout his life from the Kingdom of humanity.”
Saudi Arabia is a longtime ally of Pakistan and home to nearly 2.5 million Pakistani expatriates, who live and work in the Kingdom and remit around $6.5 billion annually to the South Asian country.