Saudi Arabia to introduce marriage training program

The new program aims to reduce divorce rates in Saudi Arabia and will be available across all cities in the kingdom

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Saudi Arabia is set to introduce a mandatory marriage training program to reduce the rising levels of divorce in the kingdom, London-based Asharq al-Awsat newspaper reported on Friday.

Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Justice revealed plans to introduce the training and rehabilitation program across all cities in the kingdom.

“No one can deny the importance of training for married life, and its impact on reducing the rates of divorce cases,” Fouad al-Jugaiman, coordinator for the pre-marriage rehabilitation program told the newspaper.

According to Jugaiman, divorce rates in Malaysia declined “from 32 percent to only seven percent,” after introducing a similar program.

In 2013, an average of 82 divorce cases took place in the kingdom on a daily basis, reported al-Eqtisadiah newspaper earlier this year.

“Around 100,000 marriage contracts are issued every year,” Jugaiman said, explaining that 1,000 qualified trainers will be deployed to cities and towns across Saudi Arabia to train soon-to-be wedded couples.

The training course - which is set to be rolled out over the next two years - enables men and women to acquire skills needed for married life to ensure the stability of their future family, the program coordinator said.

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