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All of Pakistan’s problems are due to “lack of education” – experts

At the Tanjai Cheena school in northwest Pakistan, students squeeze into makeshift classrooms where plastic tarps serve as walls and electricity is sparse, as a surging population overstretches the country’s fragile education system.
Sandwiched behind desks like sardines, students repeat words learned in Pashto and English during an anatomy lesson: “Guta is finger, laas is hand”.

Literacy gap between women and men decreasing in Iran

Literacy gap between women and men is decreasing in Iran, reaching to 12 percent compared to 40 percent three decades ago.
According to the latest statistics released by the Statistical Center of Iran, in the Iranian calendar year 1395 (March 2016-March 2017), the number of illiterate women was 5,569,035 while the number of illiterate men was 3,226,518.
However, the number of literate women in the same year was 29,753,843 and the number of literate man stood at 32,912,917.

Unveiled women banned from entering girls’ schools

Source : Saudi Gazette / 24 Feb 2014

Education departments in a number of regions of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia have banned female employees and visitors, who do not wear the veil, from entering girls’ schools.

According to a circular sent by education departments to school principals, a copy of which Makkah daily obtained, the education departments have made it mandatory for the male and female school guards to abide by Islamic rules, regulations and directives and moral principles. They should avoid anything that violates the honor of the profession.


British Council is urging more people to take up learning Arabic

By Richard Garner / 22 Nov 2013

Arabic is ranked as a more important language for children to learn in school than French in a report published by the British Council today.

The study, Languages for the Future, also rates Mandarin as more vital than German to the UK over the next 20 years. Spanish, though, is considered the most important language to learn.

The report calls on policymakers to introduce a broader range of languages into every child's education.


Educating the world

Source : Al Jazeera / 10 Sep 2013

It is described as a basic right and a foundation for life-long learning, but the United Nations says millions of people around the world are still unable to read and write.

A statement released by the UN's education arm, UNESCO, to mark International Literacy Day said: "Literacy is much more than an educational priority - it is the ultimate investment in the future. We wish to see a century where every child is able to read and to use this skill to gain autonomy."


Saudi Arabia tops world in education spending

By Irfan Mohammed / 2 Jan 2013

Paucity of funds particularly in the sector of education is commonplace and is felt globally. This makes choice to pursue education limited for the students in several nations.

In the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia the situation is however quite different. The late King of Saudi Arabia Abdul Aziz had a vision since he had founded the Kingdom (Saudi Arabia) focusing on the need of education as means to development.


Inclusive e-learning institutes gaining popularity

By Afshan Aziz | Jeddah | 16 Oct 2012

Online training has become a way of life. People have witnessed an upsurge in learning through the Internet or CD-ROMs, so-called e-learning. Corporate houses and educational institutions have discovered that in addition to being a tool for employees to keep pace with newer challenges, e-learning can ensure considerable savings, as it makes education available to anyone, anywhere.


Singapore’s strength lies in its multiculturalism

By Abdul Hannan Tago | Arab News | Riyadh 30 Apr 2012

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah has appointed Professor Shih Choon Fong, a Singaporean, to head the King Abdullah University for Science and Technology (KAUST). The appointment of a Singaporean academic is a tribute to his country, where the literacy rate is 96 percent, average life expectancy is 82 years, and the unemployment rate at the end of 2011 was just 2 percent, Singapore’s Ambassador to the Kingdom Wong Kwok Pun said in an exclusive interview with Arab News.


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