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  • 1- The eastern part of Saudi Arabia is a plateau that begins with the great Nafud desert in the north, continues along the Arabian Gulf and culminates in the world's largest sand desert, the Rub Al-Khali (Empty Quarter), in the south. To the west of this plateau is the Najd, the heartland of the peninsula, known for its spectacular escarpments and gravel and sand deserts 2-
  • General education in the Kingdom consists of kindergarten, six years of primary school and three years each of intermediate and high school. The Ministry of Education sets overall standards for the country's educational system and also oversees special education for the handicapped. Early in 2003 the General Presidency for Girls' Education was dissolved and its functions taken over by the Ministry, to administer the girls' schools and colleges, supervise kindergartens and nursery schools and sponsor literacy programs for females. The first government school for girls was built in 1964; by the end of the 1990s there were girls' schools in every part of the Kingdom. Of the nearly 5 million students enrolled in Saudi schools for the academic year 2003-04, about half were female.  After elementary education, students can attend either high schools offering programs in both the arts and sciences, or vocational schools. Students' progress through high school is determined by comprehensive exams conducted twice a year and supervised by the Ministry of Education. The dramatic quantitative growth of the educational system since the introduction of the First Development Plan in 1970 has been more than matched by an improvement in the quality of education. One measure of this emphasis is that while the number of students in the educational system increased six-fold between the 1970s and the 1990s, the number of full-time teachers grew more than nine-fold. The Kingdom's ratio of 15 students to every teacher is one of the lowest in the world. The government, however, continues to work to improve educational standards. This has been achieved by raising the quality of teacher training programs, improving standards for evaluation of students and increasing the use of educational technology. One aspect of this is the introduction of computer science at the secondary level. In 2000, an ambitious school computer project was named after Deputy Prime Minister and Commander of the National Guard Crown Prince Abdullah. In addition, the administration of the educational system has also been enhanced by delegating greater authority to the regional boards


  • 1. Working with schools in The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  • 2. Saudi Arabia How will this webinar work?  Please ensure your microphone/phone is on mute  The webinar will be recorded  Please refrain from asking any questions during the webinar. There will be a Q&A section at the end of the webinar About the British Council? The British Council creates international opportunities for the people of the UK and other countries and builds trust between them worldwide. We are on the ground in six continents and over 100 countries bringing international opportunity to life, every day.
  • 3. Saudi Arabia Aims of the webinar  Develop an understanding of Saudi Arabia, their Education system and the challenges they faces  Benefits of partnering with a schools in Saudi Arabia for pupils and teachers  How the British Council can help your school partner with a schools in Saudi Arabia  Which areas of Saudi Arabia you can partner with  How to apply and useful contact details  Q&A session
  • 4. Saudi Arabia Facts about Saudi Arabia
  • 5. Saudi Arabia Facts about Saudi Arabia  The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia comprises almost four-fifths of the Arabian Peninsula, an area approximately one-third the size of the continental United States. Geographically, it is situated in the south-western part of Asia.  The capital city of Riyadh is located in Najd region . A chain of mountains in western Saudi Arabia runs parallel to the Red Sea. The Hijaz region along the Red Sea contains the holy cities of Makkah and Madinah, the port city of Jeddah and the summer capital of Taif.  Today the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia holds the world's largest reserves of petroleum (26% of proven total). Its annual purchasing power is about US$ 174 billion and the share of the private sector economic activities has reached 46% of GDP.  Saudi Arabia’s fast growing population (26 million people today, compared to 12 million 20 years ago) have witnessed these changes within their own lifetime. Standards of living have improved dramatically as a result of comprehensive development programs.
  • 6. Saudi Arabia Education system in Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia’s education system has gone through an astonishing transformation. When the Kingdom was established in 1932, education was available to very few people, mostly the children of wealthy families living in the major cities. Today, Saudi Arabia’s education system includes 24 public and 8 private universities, with more planned; more than 31,000 schools , nearly 6,000,000 students , almost 550,000 teachers ; and a large number of colleges and other institutions. The system is open to all citizens, and provides students with free education, books and health services. The objectives of Saudi educational policy are to ensure that education becomes more efficient, to meet the religious, economic and social needs of the country and to eradicate illiteracy among Saudi adults. .
  • 7. Saudi Arabia History of English language Teaching in Saudi Arabia • English Language was first taught in schools in 1929 with 4 periods a week and started from the grade1. • In 1942 it only started from the grade 7 with 4 periods a week. • In 1945 it became 12 periods a week. • In 1954 French Language was introduced, it ran for 17 years until 1970 when it was cancelled. • In 1959 (English) became 6 periods in the intermediate stage and 8 in the secondary level. • In 1964 it became 8 periods in the intermediate stage and 8 in the secondary level. • In 1980 it became 4 periods in the intermediate stage and 4 in the secondary level. • In 2003 it was introduced in level 6 with 2 periods a week. • In 2011 it was introduced in level 4 with 2 periods a week.
  • 8. Saudi Arabia Education Challenges • Increasing number of the pupils over expected • The quality of education & outcomes • No enough number of professional teachers • Keep pace with the global development
  • 9. Saudi Arabia Why partner with schools in Saudi Arabia? What are the benefits for pupils?  A real life global context for the whole curriculum .  Learning is real, relevant and exciting, and builds motivation and self-confidence.  Understanding of middle eastern culture, society and education  Helping students understanding their rights and responsibilities as global citizens.  Preparing students for work in a global economy and building a fairer, more sustainable world.  Motivation to build trust between communities in the Saudi Arabia and the UK.
  • 10. Saudi Arabia What are the benefits for teachers and educators?  A chance to improve teaching skills and the curriculum by sharing best practice  Opportunities to visit your partner school in Saudi Arabia with the British Council.  A greater understanding of other countries, their cultures and their education systems.  Recognition for your school through the British Council's International School Award.  Resources to help you explore social, environmental, and cultural themes.  Access to online British Council run professional development courses.  A way to engage your local community and connect with other local schools.
  • 11. Saudi Arabia How can the British Council help you partner with schools in Saudi Arabia? We can support you in:  Finding a partner – or school ‘cluster’ partner - and helping you apply  Funding your partnership  Managing your visit safely – e.g. help with local travel and accommodation.  Advice and support every step of the way
  • 12. Saudi Arabia Which areas of the Saudi Arabia can you visit?  British Council manages regular UK school partner visits to host schools in line with FCO travel advice, across the country  British Council also works with the Ministry of Education and the local District Education Officers to make visits successful
  • 13. Saudi Arabia Next steps  Register on the British Council Schools Online site http://schoolsonline.britishcouncil.org/  British Council will suggest potential school partners in Saudi Arabia and connect you  Develop a joint application for a Connecting Classrooms partnership grant  Deadlines each term so apply when you and your partner school are ready  For more info, please email schools@britishcouncil.org or
  • 14. Saudi Arabia Feedback from participants who have worked with schools in the Saudi Arabia  "The partnership experience was very positive for staff and students. The opportunity to share cultures and learning through shared projects was invaluable". Our schools engaged in cultural exchange projects, which included swapping video diaries and a healthy living project which involved sharing beliefs regarding what constitutes a healthy lifestyle and making comparisons between the two countries. Jeremy Edwards Lead Specialist Practitioner Bradfields School Outreach Team
  • 15. Saudi Arabia Feedback from participants who have worked with schools in the Saudi Arabia The partnership between the schools in the U.K. and Saudi Arabia has had a positive impact at both a personal level and on the school and the wider community and it is a partnership I am pleased that we are involved with.I visited Riyadh in February 2012 with a colleague for a planning meeting. This was a very proactive meeting where we planned the project together. During the four days there I got to know a great deal more about the country, the people and the Education system. What became apparent was there were many similarities between the students in both countries and issues facing teachers were often the same. The visit by the Saudi Arabians teachers was quite an event for our students. We have limited contact with people from other countries and the opportunity for them to experience other cultures is an important part of their educational experience.The visit was fantastic for the students ,the Saudi Arabian teachers came in National dress and were very active during the visit with the students which led to many discussions during and after the visit. Andy Pearce :Deputy Head Teacher – Braunton School
  • 16. Saudi Arabia Case study Hi my name is Meshari Al Khames. I am an English teacher in Al Imam Al Sose intermediate school. Thank you, thank you very much Ministry of Education and British Council for allowing me to join the programmer (connection classroom). I love to attend meeting and programmers to help improve my English and to find new ways to teach it. When I heard about connection classroom I thought it just another programmer. Thanks to Allah it was not. It’s really hard to find a programmer that can effect and improve my student, principle, my school and me just in two years. I asked my student to Google UK to look and learn about it before the task. Our first task was about ( Who Am I ). I worked with a first grade students in this task( 15 student). I was amazed with the work the student did. The idea to work a task and send it and receive a feed back from the UK school the next day is something drove the student to work and to ask more. I told the principle about the programmer and how much its going to help not only the school but the Saudi education. After a couple of meeting about connection classrooms my principle liked the ideas to share and to learn from a schools with a deferent curriculum environment and method of teaching and learning. So he provided me with support and encouragement. He even gave me a permission to use the school and to call the student’s parent to allowed them to stay after the school to finish the second task ( food). My principle called and ask the ministry of education to build a room. But not any kind of room an English lab. A lot have change in two years and a lot will change. The are almost 10 schools in my area. The Ministry of Education gave me a certificate for the best English teacher for using different method and activities to teach English. English was a book I teach to student, but now English is The way I communicate, connect and share my experience.
  • 17. Saudi Arabia Contact us schools@britishcouncil.org www.britishcouncil.org/schoolsonline www.britishcouncil.org/isa www.britishcouncil.org/connectingclassrooms http://schoolsonline.britishcouncil.org/linking-programmes-worldwide/connecting- classrooms/spotlight/SaudiArabia
  • 18. Saudi Arabia Question and Answer session Apply before 25 October 2013