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ITU Regional Development Forum for Arab Region 2023 opens in Bahrain

Manama, Arab ministers responsible for the telecommunications and information technology (ICT) sector today convened in Bahrain at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Regional Development Forum for the Arab Region (RDF-ARB).

The two-day forum is organised by ITU’s Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT) for Arab States and hosted by the Ministry of Transportation and Telecommunications.

In his speech, Mohammed bin Thamer Al Kaabi, the Minister of Transportation and Telecommunications said the forum is one of the outcomes of Bahrain’s cooperation with the ITU, aiming to build a sustainable digital economy through digitisation, enhance security and privacy, develop digital infrastructure for smart cities and communities and develop capacity building in digital innovation and entrepreneurship.

He said that the ministry supported global partnership seeking to consolidate the role of communications and information technology in economic development, noting its effective contribution to driving the growth of other sectors.

Dr. Cosmas Zavazava, the Director of BDT expressed his thanks to Bahrain for hosting the forum, highlighting its significance as a platform for cooperation and digital transformation, contributing to sustainable development goals (SDGs) through the Kigali Action Plan and regional initiatives.

The forum discussed the ITU outcomes and regional initiatives for the Arab region, as well as the needs of member states. It also reviewed partner pledges within the Digital Alliance, which has collected over 800 pledges thus far.

The forum includes a special session for the Arab Network of Women (NoW), showcasing ITU’s work and promoting networking opportunities for women in the communications sector.

The Minister met with his Somalia and Sudanese counterparts and discussed opportunities and support mechanisms in ICT fields.

Source: Bahrain News Agency

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Food Security and Environmental Sustainability Hackathon Starts at King Faisal University

Al-Ahsa, The Food Security and Environmental Sustainability hackathon started yesterday at the King Faisal University in Al-Ahsa as part of the second International Conference on Food Security and Environmental Sustainability.

The three-day event will bring together a group of innovators, developers and experts in food security, environmental sustainability and artificial intelligence to create digital solutions and develop applications that help achieve a better future for food security and environmental sustainability.

On its first day, the hackathon presented to participants a number of programs, including “Innovation in Food Security and Environmental Sustainability” and “Supply Chains in Food Security” workshops, in addition to offering tours with expert guides in food security, environmental sustainability, and artificial intelligence, to answer the participants’ relevant questions.

Source: Saudi Press Agency

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HH Deputy Amir Chairs First Meeting of Qatar University Board of Trustees

Doha, HH the Deputy Amir Sheikh Abdullah bin Hamad Al-Thani, the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Qatar University (QU), chaired the first meeting of QU Board of Trustees for the academic year 2023-2024, held at the Amiri Diwan on Monday morning.

At the beginning of the meeting, the Board of Trustees reviewed the accomplished decisions and recommendations taken in the third meeting for the academic year 2022-2023; then discussed the topics listed on its agenda and took appropriate decision thereon, including the approval of the university calendar 2023-2027 proposal.

The Board was briefed on the University’s efforts in preparing the Qatar University Strategy 2023-2027.

Source: Qatar News Agency

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Education Ministry participates in regional dialogue forum

Cairo, The Education Ministry has participated in the Regional Dialogue Forum on “The Future of Education and Education on Human Rights: for a new social contract”.

The forum was organised by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, in cooperation with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), in Cairo, Egypt, with the participation of 22 Arab countries.

The event, which was held within the framework of the keenness to hold regional consultations to discuss the and education in the field of human rights, coincides with the celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the 30th anniversary of the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action. It aimed to highlighting the best practices in education in the field of human rights.

Fatima Adel Sanad, specialist at the Education for Citizenship Unit in the Education Ministry’s Curriculum Development and Policies Directorate, presented a work paper on the kingdom’s experience in education for citizenship and spreading the culture of human rights through the educational system.

She highlighted the interest of the kingdom’s leadership in this field, as reflected in the national laws and legislation. She also reviewed the new and developed curricula that were introduced in schools.

She also shed light on the school project to promote citizenship and human rights, and made some recommendations regarding the future of education on human rights in the Arab region, based on Bahrain’s experience.

Source: Bahrain News Agency

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KSrelief Distributes 3600 School Bags in Somalia

The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) has distributed 3,600 school bags in the districts of Wabri, Hamrweyn, Hamar Jajab, and Shingani in the Banadir district of Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia. The distribution has benefited 3,600 individuals as part of a project aimed at securing and distributing educational bags equipped with stationery for students in the Federal Republic of Somalia.

This initiative is part of the humanitarian assistance provided by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, represented by KSrelief. The goal is to support the educational sector in countries in need, enhance the educational environment, and provide essential study supplies for male and female students.

Source: Saudi Press Agency

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Youth Affairs Minister meets Saudi Education Minister

Rawan bint Najeeb Tawfiqi, Minister of Youth Affairs, has affirmed the depth of the long-standing Bahraini-Saudi relations, stressing the kingdom’s keenness to continue consolidating bilateral ties, in light of the directives of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, and the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.

Minister Rawan Tawfiqi was speaking during her meeting with Yousef bin Abdullah Al-Benyan, Saudi Education Minister, on the sidelines of her official visit to Saudi Arabia.

The minister underlined the importance of enhancing the Bahraini-Saudi constructive cooperation in the field of youth, by availing of each other’s successful experiences in training youth and developing their skills.

She also called for deepening joint youth action by launching initiatives that benefit youth in the two kingdoms and prepare them to be leaders of the future.

The Saudi Education Minister highlighted the main programmes and events provided to Saudi youth, particularly school students, to develop their capabilities and hone their skills.

Source: Bahrain News Agency

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SDRPY Organizes Training Course for Radiologists at Marib General Hospital Authority

The Saudi Development and Reconstruction Program for Yemen (SDRPY) has organized a training course for radiologists at the Marib General Hospital Authority, with the aim of providing participants with the necessary skills to operate MRI equipment.

The course is part of a project to prepare the radiology and MRI department and equip it with all medical devices, thus contributing to offering better healthcare to communities in Marib Governorate.

The course is also part of SDRPY’s ongoing efforts to develop the professional competence of workers in the healthcare field, and support the health sector in Yemen.

Under the program, 34 projects and development initiatives were carried out in various Yemeni governorates. In Marib Governorate, the Kara General Hospital was supplied with 24 medical devices, 27 medical devices were provided to the September 26 Hospital, and 13 medical devices were given to the Marib General Hospital Authority; moreover, these hospitals were given fully equipped ambulances, one each, in a bid to increase the efficiency of the governorate’s medical services, speed of emergency response, improve access to treatment, and facilitate access to medical services.

SDRPY has implemented 229 development projects and initiatives in various Yemeni governorates, helping the Yemeni people benefit from services in the fields of education, health, water, energy, transport, agriculture and fisheries, and boosting the capacity of public institutions.

Source: Saudi Press Agency

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The Ministry of Higher Education holds a meeting for those accepted for scholarships in Morocco

The Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, through the General Administration of Scholarships and Student Services, held today an orientation meeting for Palestinian students accepted for scholarships in Morocco, for the academic year 2023-2024 AD.

The meeting comes as a continuation of the procedures for accepting students in these scholarships, and to give them advice that facilitates the conditions of their university studies in the host country, and communication mechanisms that will enhance the positive image of Palestine and its students. As ambassadors of the State of Palestine in Morocco.

The Director of the External Grants Department, A. Taha Qashmar, on behalf of the Assistant Undersecretary for Planning and Development Affairs and Director General of Scholarships and Student Services, Dr. Shadi Al-Helou; Many tips for students, reminding them of their humanitarian, patriotic, and moral duties that they must fulfill.

Qashmar indicated that coordination will be made with the Palestinian Embassy in Morocco to receive the students upon their arrival and direct them to their places of study, wishing them safety and success during their travel and study period

Source: Maan News Agency

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Education Minister announces results of second re-sit exams for secondary students

Dr. Mohammed bin Mubarak Juma, Education Minister, has announced that the marking of the second re-sit exams for the secondary and technical students who had failed to pass their exams has been completed.

The minister unveiled that 943 out of the 1,154 students who sat the second re-sit exam had passed, with a success rate of 82%.

Dr. Juma congratulated those who passed their second re-sit exams, which were held for the first time to give an opportunity to failing students, adding that they will receive their certificates from their schools as of Sunday.

Last week, the Education Ministry announced that 90 out 126 third intermediate students had passed their second re-sit exam.

Source: Bahrain News Agency

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UDST Celebrates International University Sport Week

The University of Doha for Science and Technology (UDST) celebrated the International University Sport Week (IUSW) by hosting a series of entertaining and engaging sports activities across campus, showcasing its commitment to sport for all, and fostering further international collaboration.

The week was an opportunity for the entire UDST community to participate in a diverse range of team games and physical exercise, helping to highlight the enormous role that physical activity plays in a healthy lifestyle.

The dynamic five-day event coincided with the UNESCO-recognized and globally renowned International Day of University Sport (IDUS), organized by the International University Sports Federation (FISU), of which UDST holds Platinum status.

Regarding this initiative, the President of UDST Dr. Salem Al Naemi that the IUSW is more than just a celebration of athleticism. UDST uses sports as a platform for the University community and the wider public to come together. It is part of every culture and a powerful tool to encourage positivity, performance and teamwork.

This a reflection of UDST’s commitment to health, wellness, and community engagement, and one of the reasons the university is a FISU Healthy Campus award winner. By bridging the gap between sport and academia, UDST aims to inspire future generations to adopt an active and healthy lifestyle, setting the precedent for post-secondary educational institutions in Qatar, Al Naemi added.

He said that the resounding success and the overwhelming positive feedback from last year’s inaugural IUSW ensured that this year’s program was equally inclusive and exciting, in which the Fun Olympics took center stage and captured the hearts of the audience.

Source: Qatar News Agency