Bridging the Employability and
Entrepreneurial Skill Gap in the
Saudi K-12 Education
Dr. Ali Alhakami, CEO
Tatweer Company...
We have moved from
an economy built on
people’s backs to an
economy built on
people’s left brains to
what is emerging
toda...
Daniel Pink highlights design,
innovation and creativity
capabilities (and not material
products) as major sources of weal...
Harvard Professor Tony Wagner in
“The Global Achievement Gap”,
lists 7 skills that students need to
succeed in the new eco...
The Saudi Education system has realized
remarkable achievements over the last 4
decades, but like many other systems
world...
Building on many quantitative
achievements, the system needs to
align better with the needs of the
labor market.
The count...
More importantly, the education system needs to be
aligned with an increasingly networked society.
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10.0
20.0
30.0
40.0
50.0
60.0
2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012*
Percentage of Internet Users
Arab States Saudi ...
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50.0
100.0
150.0
200.0
250.0
300.0
350.0
2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012*
Mobile Phones per 100 inhabitants
Ar...
An active citizenry
• 3 Million + users in 2012, growing 3000% from 2011.
• Largest age-group on twitter are 25-35 followe...
• In 2012, 90 million You Tube videos viewed per day.
• 109% viewership growth compared to 2011.
• KSA is ranked #1 in ter...
A Saudi networked society
with unprecedented
opportunities for wealth and
job creation at low cost.
For some trailblazer
e...
MangoJazan.con
A flourishing electronic
store that started with a
tweet.
#Faris_Breakfast
Started as a Twitter Hashtag
now it is a famous restaurant
in Jeddah.
Faris is a young Saudi who
started ...
Riyadh Guide Website
From tweeting about best
places and your favorite
meals to followers to a
famous and useful website t...
iPhady
A Saudi computer
engineering graduate
transformed his passion for
technology and electronic
services into an
entrep...
Hessa & Sara Al-Jalajel, Cheesecake Entrepreneurs
Hessa and Sara started a
small-scale business
selling desserts for their...
12 Cups Coffee
12 Cups started selling
sealed Coffee packages, with
a capacity of 12 cups, and
ready to use in coffee
mach...
Isterlab, Muhannad Abu Dayah
A young Saudi inventor who
started his own
business, Isterlab.
His company trains young
Saudi...
Youth entrepreneurship needs to be a
top priority.
Our challenge is to provide all
students with the employability and
ent...
KSA’s Strategy: Bridging the K-12 Skill Gap
• Integrating 21st century skills within all curricula subjects
• Strengthenin...
Some Strategic Initiatives and Projects Under Implementation
Bidar: Employability and Entrepreneurial Skills Development Program
Bidar provides transition pathways into the
world of w...
Experiential Learning
Students participated in experiential learning activities, using a project-based learning methodolog...
STEM Initiative
Ambitious strategy to strengthen student capabilities in
STEM (science, technology, engineering and math)
...
Improving Students’ Arabic
Language skills so they can move
from learning to read to reading to
learn.
Linking Arabic Lang...
Strengthening the place of English
language in the K-12 curriculum and
improving speaking, listening, reading and
writing ...
School Development Program
The outcomes of the flagship School
Development program include:
• Transforming Saudi schools t...
Concluding Remarks
• Reorienting the education system to focus on 21st century skills as opposed to simple
information tra...
Thank you
aalhakami@t4edu.com
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The 3rd US-Saudi Business Opportunities Forum was held Sep 16-18, 2013, bringing together officials, business people, educators and specialists highlighting the U.S.-Saudi trade relationship and how U.S. companies can participate in Saudi Arabia's expansion.

Saudi Arabia is undergoing an extraordinary economic boom. Massive public investment, rapid private-sector growth and new sector initiatives are driving an expansion projected to offer more than $1 trillion in trade and investment opportunities over the next decade.

This panel of distinguished experts highlighted the Saudi K-12 education reform to build the foundation for a knowledge based economy.

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  1. 1. Bridging the Employability and Entrepreneurial Skill Gap in the Saudi K-12 Education Dr. Ali Alhakami, CEO Tatweer Company for Educational Services US-Saudi Business Forum Los Angeles, September 16-18, 2013
  2. 2. We have moved from an economy built on people’s backs to an economy built on people’s left brains to what is emerging today: an economy and society built more and more on people’s right brains. (A Whole New Mind, Daniel Pink) A Whole New Mind
  3. 3. Daniel Pink highlights design, innovation and creativity capabilities (and not material products) as major sources of wealth for nations. Procedural tasks increasingly automated or outsourced to cheaper locations while heuristic tasks require complex processes. Countries with education systems that nurture design, innovation and creativity reap the benefits in the knowledge economy. Design, Innovation and Creativity
  4. 4. Harvard Professor Tony Wagner in “The Global Achievement Gap”, lists 7 skills that students need to succeed in the new economy: 1. Critical Thinking and Problem Solving 2. Collaboration and Leadership 3. Agility and Adaptability 4. Initiative and Entrepreneurialism 5. Effective Oral and Written Communication 6. Accessing and Analyzing Information 7. Curiosity and Imagination The Global Achievement Gap
  5. 5. The Saudi Education system has realized remarkable achievements over the last 4 decades, but like many other systems worldwide, KSA needs to focus more on 21st century skills.
  6. 6. Building on many quantitative achievements, the system needs to align better with the needs of the labor market. The country has a very ambitious knowledge society strategy and an economic diversification strategy which requires well developed skills. The Arab World Competitiveness Report 2013 identifies the skill gap as one of the main factors limiting competitiveness and job creation in Saudi Arabia. Global Competitiveness: Skills Gap
  7. 7. More importantly, the education system needs to be aligned with an increasingly networked society.
  8. 8. 0.0 10.0 20.0 30.0 40.0 50.0 60.0 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012* Percentage of Internet Users Arab States Saudi Arabi A Networked Society Source: World Development Indicators 2013
  9. 9. 0.0 50.0 100.0 150.0 200.0 250.0 300.0 350.0 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012* Mobile Phones per 100 inhabitants Arab States Saud Arabia Source: World Development Indicators 2013 A Networked Society
  10. 10. An active citizenry • 3 Million + users in 2012, growing 3000% from 2011. • Largest age-group on twitter are 25-35 followed by the 18-24. • On average 15 million tweets per month originate from KSA. • Arabic is the largest growing language on twitter and KSA accounts for 30% growth. • Riyadh ranked 10th globally among cities with most tweets. Source: The State of Social Media in Saudi Arabia 2012
  11. 11. • In 2012, 90 million You Tube videos viewed per day. • 109% viewership growth compared to 2011. • KSA is ranked #1 in terms of video viewership. • 6 Million + Facebook users in 2012 representing 23% population penetration. • Facebook is the 3rd most visited site in KSA. Source: The State of Social Media in Saudi Arabia 2012 An active citizenry
  12. 12. A Saudi networked society with unprecedented opportunities for wealth and job creation at low cost. For some trailblazer entrepreneurs, these tools are more than entertainment or educational enablers: they are tools of wealth and job creation. A Networked Society
  13. 13. MangoJazan.con A flourishing electronic store that started with a tweet.
  14. 14. #Faris_Breakfast Started as a Twitter Hashtag now it is a famous restaurant in Jeddah. Faris is a young Saudi who started recommending ideas for breakfast meals to his followers in twitter. Then he opened a restaurant in Jeddah under the same hashtag he used in twitter for the branding and marketing of his restaurant!
  15. 15. Riyadh Guide Website From tweeting about best places and your favorite meals to followers to a famous and useful website to guide customers to the best restaurants in Riyadh. The Riyadh Guide website has expanded to provide a range hospitality, wedding planning and event management services.
  16. 16. iPhady A Saudi computer engineering graduate transformed his passion for technology and electronic services into an entrepreneurial and profitable IT online business.
  17. 17. Hessa & Sara Al-Jalajel, Cheesecake Entrepreneurs Hessa and Sara started a small-scale business selling desserts for their family and friends. They were encouraged to expand and grow. Using social media to market their business, they now have more than 15,000 followers on Instagram and a large customer base.
  18. 18. 12 Cups Coffee 12 Cups started selling sealed Coffee packages, with a capacity of 12 cups, and ready to use in coffee machines. The Saudi entrepreneurs expanded the business by selling coffee machines with these packages, and introduced 11 other coffee types to give the company name (12 Cups) more meaning.
  19. 19. Isterlab, Muhannad Abu Dayah A young Saudi inventor who started his own business, Isterlab. His company trains young Saudis how to transform their ideas, inventions and innovations into successful businesses. Now he delivers his training and consultancy across the Gulf region. “In spite of all my personal problems, I will continue to work on many more inventions. I am not disabled or blind, I am an inventor, who is driven by high motivation,”
  20. 20. Youth entrepreneurship needs to be a top priority. Our challenge is to provide all students with the employability and entrepreneurial skills to participate in the emerging knowledge society. We have to provide young people with the: • knowledge, skills, and attitudes to help them create and grow their own businesses. • transferable skills that will enable them to seek, obtain, keep and advance in any job. Youth entrepreneurship
  21. 21. KSA’s Strategy: Bridging the K-12 Skill Gap • Integrating 21st century skills within all curricula subjects • Strengthening students’ capabilities in the high-value STEM field • Strengthening students’ oral and written communication in their mother tongue and in a foreign language, notably English • Strengthening students’ entrepreneurial skills • Strengthening private sector links, including through student internship. • Aligning policies to enable the new transformations.
  22. 22. Some Strategic Initiatives and Projects Under Implementation
  23. 23. Bidar: Employability and Entrepreneurial Skills Development Program Bidar provides transition pathways into the world of work for Saudi youth The employability component of the program is to enable young Saudis to succeed in gaining a job and making progress in a continually evolving workplace. The entrepreneurial skills component focuses on unleashing the creative potential of the students to plan, create, lead, and growth their own businesses.
  24. 24. Experiential Learning Students participated in experiential learning activities, using a project-based learning methodology to address challenging and complex topics in a fun way. Activity Spotlight: Product Innovation Used to introduce the concept of entrepreneurship and characteristics of an entrepreneurs, the product innovation activity gave students the chance to exercise their creativity. Activity Spotlight: Simulating the Market Place: Buying & Selling Students put their theory into action by visiting local markets and purchasing materials to repackage and sell for just SR 100. Students doubled or tripled their investments! Businesses included: • Perfume • Food • Jewellry • Clothing Student Experience: Creating Young Entrepreneurs
  25. 25. STEM Initiative Ambitious strategy to strengthen student capabilities in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education. With a focus on subject knowledge, application and transferable 21st century skills, including problem solving, critical thinking, analysis, synthesis, etc. Benchmarking system performance to global trends through participation in international STEM-related assessments. Providing in-depth professional development for teachers, introduction of a new technology curriculum, the establishment of specialized STEM secondary schools, establishment of community science centers throughout the country and extra- curricular STEM activities.
  26. 26. Improving Students’ Arabic Language skills so they can move from learning to read to reading to learn. Linking Arabic Language skills to real live and work contexts. Leveraging technology to improve Arabic language teaching and learning. Arabic Language Teaching and Learning Development Program
  27. 27. Strengthening the place of English language in the K-12 curriculum and improving speaking, listening, reading and writing skills of students. It builds the capability of the future workforce to participate positively in an increasingly globalized world that uses English in research, business and trade, and in cross- border communication. Expanding instructional time allocated to English by introducing it in the fourth grade. I Introducing new English language curriculum standards, instruction and assessment strategies to align with global best practices English Language Teaching and Learning Development Program
  28. 28. School Development Program The outcomes of the flagship School Development program include: • Transforming Saudi schools to become learning organizations that promote innovation and creativity. • Knowledge and expertise flow organically across institutional and geographic boundaries through Professional Learning Communities • Improved professional development and collaboration that enhances learning across the system, promoting growth, positive change and capacity building • Strengthened partnership with the business community to enable students transition into the labor market
  29. 29. Concluding Remarks • Reorienting the education system to focus on 21st century skills as opposed to simple information transmission requires a robust change management strategy: old habits die hard. • Providing in-depth professional development for teachers and supporting them through well-designed instructional materials are critical. • Engaging successful young entrepreneurs as role models and entrepreneurship ambassadors in the schools expands students’ employability expectations. • Engaging the private sector in the design and development of entrepreneurship and employability programs is critical for improving their relevance and quality. • Enabling schools to build bridges with the private sector through appropriate policies is a must for the sustainability of the efforts.
  30. 30. Thank you aalhakami@t4edu.com

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