Saudi Arabia’s distance education during pademic a success story, says UN official

Natalie Faustia, the United Nations Resident Coordinator in the Kingdom
Natalie Faustia, the United Nations Resident Coordinator in the Kingdom

Saudi Arabia achieved great success in conducting distance education during the coronavirus pandemic; and it was able to continue the educational process of more than six million students without interruption, said Natalie Faustia; the United Nations Resident Coordinator in the Kingdom.

She also noted the development of interactive tools and solutions such as Madrasati platform and the availability of 23 educational channels; and an online channel on YouTube to improve the quality of remote learning.

Speaking on the occasion of World Education Day; Natalie said that Saudi Arabia's shift to distance education within hours of the suspension of studies represents a distinguished success story; calling for studying and documenting the experience gained by the Kingdom in remote learning, the elements that made it successful; despite the pandemic circumstances; and how to continue promoting these new methods.

She added that the United Nations in the Kingdom is very happy to notice satellite channels free of charge for classrooms; including three special channels for students with disabilities; as disability inclusion is a major focus of the UN at the global level.

She also indicated that the Saudi government has made the country and its youth able to compete in the national; regional and global labor markets, by emphasizing the importance of education.

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