Saudi Arabia approves physical education for girls in state schools

Jul 13, 2017 14:17 IST

Saudi Arabia approves physical education for girls in state schoolsSaudi Arabia’s Ministry of Education (MoE) in July 2017 finally approved a physical education program at girls’ schools starting in the coming academic year.

Education Minister Ahmed Al-Issa issued a decree on 11 July 2017. The program will be compliant with Islamic rules and will be implemented in the 2017-2018 school year.

The decision comes after three months of intensive studies by a specialized team commissioned by the minister to review all directives and recommendations in this regard.

Al-Issa’s decision includes the formation of a supervisory committee to implement the program, headed by Haya bint Abdul Aziz Al-Awwad, the undersecretary of education for girls.

The committee will prepare a document containing objectives and performance indicators for the program, in addition to preparing an interim operational plan and working with universities.

The move is a step forward in boosting sporting activities among all members of Saudi society, one of the targets of the Saudi Vision 2030 reform plan.

About Saudi Vision 2030

Saudi Vision 2030 is a plan to reduce Saudi Arabia's dependence on oil, diversify its economy, and develop service sectors such as health, education, infrastructure, recreation and tourism.

Its details were announced on 25 April 2016 by Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman.

Under the vision, Saudi Arabia will work to transform the Saudi Public Investment Fund to sovereign fund assets valued at USD 2.5 trillion, making it the largest global sovereign fund.

The vision aims to increase non-oil revenue six-fold from about USD 43.5 billion annually to USD 267 billion.

The country will offer less than 5 per cent of the national oil company Aramco in a public offering on the stock exchange, and will allocate the proceeds of this IPO to finance the Saudi sovereign wealth fund.

The Kingdom is also planning to increase the number of pilgrims every year from 8 million to 80 million by 2030.

It will also set up the largest Islamic museum in the world, which will be based in Riyadh, to provide an opportunity for non-Muslims to visit.

Saudi Vision 2030 aims to increase the participation of women in the labour market from 22 per cent to 30 per cent.

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