Saudi man files lawsuit against education ministry for using his photo in schoolbook

Thursday, 8 March 2018

A Saudi man filed a lawsuit against the ministry of education for using his photo in one of their schoolbooks without his knowledge or permission.In the lawsuit, Mohammed Hamdan accused the ministry of violating his intellectual rights and distorting his reputation as the photo, which was used in the Grade six book Loghti al-Jameela (my beautiful language), was used in a negative way.He also demanded the punishment of whoever was behind this, and the immediate withdrawal of all copies of the ...

In Indian jail, criminals take education route to clean up their act

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Convicted killers and kidnappers who suffered no qualms of conscience in bending the law are now pounding the books in their prison cells in the land of Mahatma Gandhi. Indeed, the high-security central jail in Ahmedabad in Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state of Gujarat, which was once notorious for bloody violence and drug smuggling, has turned into a serious study center, thanks to a vigorous reformation and rehabilitation program. Many of the merciless murder convicts and ...

WATCH: Public outrage as belly dancers take center stage at Egypt school

Friday, 2 March 2018

A branch of a well-known French-based curriculum school in Egypt has taken a leap forward and welcomed arts into its curriculum, but the local Ministry of Education objected their poor choices.  Officials at the Lycée al-Haram school in Giza are facing criticism from the ministry after the facility hired two belly dancers at a student appreciation award ceremony on Thursday. Several audience members also expressed their dismay towards the cultural ensemble. A video of the two women ...

Saudi student in the US dies as he prepares to return home after 11 years

Saturday, 17 February 2018

After nearly 11 years of hard work to fulfil his Bachelors, Masters and Doctorate degree, Saudi expat in the US, Fares al-Salameh, suddenly died of natural causes just before returning to Saudi Arabia. Salameh was sent on a scholarship to complete his higher education in the US by Majmaah University in Saudi Arabia. Salameh pursued the field of Computer Science. The Saudi Cultureal Attaché in the US, Dr. Mohammed al-Essa, said that Fares died of natural causes as there were no criminal ...

Egyptian teacher speaks out after accusations of causing Kuwaiti student’s death

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Egyptian teacher Najlaa Mohammed, who was accused of causing the death of Kuwaiti student Issa al-Balushi at a school in Kuwait, revealed the details of the incident and provided evidence of her innocence. Najlaa told Al that a few days before al-Balushi’s death, she strictly asked students in her class to take their seats, but only he didn’t. She then asked him to stand by the board but he refused, left the class and headed to the school supervisor’s office. ...

Intake of Saudi students in international schools expected to rise

Monday, 12 February 2018

A leading educationist in Riyadh said interest among Saudi students in foreign education has increased by 30 percent especially after they have been allowed to join international schools.Sahar Bint Hamad Al-Marzouki, owner and director general of Al-Faris International Schools Group, pointed out that the number of parents following up with their children’s education has also increased significantly.“They are always keen to create the best education channels and environments that ...

How the Chinese are ‘re-educating’ the entire Muslim Uyghur population

Saturday, 10 February 2018

China makes the news quite often these days. And for good reason: the Dragon will determine much of our future in the rest of the world for the coming century, whether we like it or not. Some of what China is doing on the international stage is undoubtedly positive. For example, just as the United States has abandoned its role as global leader in the efforts to combat climate change in the wake of the election of Donald Trump as President, China has swiftly moved in to fill the void. As the ...

Dr. Azeem Ibrahim

Saudi ministry responds to viral hashtag about use of mobile phones in schools

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

The Ministry of Education has denied reports that it had allowed students to use mobile phones in schools, according to a Makkah daily report on Monday.“These reports are totally baseless and incorrect,” the ministry's spokesman Mubarak al-Ossaimi has said.He said there was no decision to that effect from the ministry so far.In a hashtag titled: “Allowing mobile phones in schools,” a number of tweeters hailed the decision while many of them were against it.The supporters ...

Categorizing books and the curious case of Sad Tropics

Thursday, 18 January 2018

When Claude Lévi-Strauss published his book Tristes Tropicos (Sad Tropics) in 1955, critics were not sure how to categorize the book as it’s like a novel but it’s not exactly a novel. The book resembled travel literature but it was not that either. It looked like a scientific anthropological manuscript but it did not include any sources.Some commented saying the book is thorough in its research in primitive races. However, he surprised them with his poetic and literary style. ...

Reem Al-Kamali

Row over video of top official assaulting student in Sudan university

Friday, 12 January 2018

Activists in Sudan are calling for the President of al-Ahfad Women’s University to be held accountable for a brutal attack caught on video on a student. The attack came to light on January 10 when a video went viral on Sudanese social media purported to be showing al-Ahfad University president, Professor Gassim Badri, savagely assaulting a female student and throwing her to the ground during an attempt to break a gathering of student protesters at the women’s university courtyard. ...

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