Ab­dul­rah­man Al-Amri

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Ab­dul­rah­man Al-Amri is the chair of the G20 Ed­u­ca­tion Work­ing Group. He is also an as­sis­tant pro­fes­sor in the depart­ment of lin­guis­tics and trans­la­tion stud­ies at King Saud Univer­sity. Most of his re­search fo­cuses on speech per­cep­tion and word recog­ni­tion in Semitic lan­guages, es­pe­cially Ara­bic.

He also works on child lan­guage re­search and de­vel­op­men­tal lan­guage dis­or­ders.

Al-Amri holds a bach­e­lor’s de­gree in English and a mas­ter’s de­gree in ap­plied lin­guis­tics from King Saud Univer­sity.

He also holds a mas­ter’s de­gree in lin­guis­tics, which he re­ceived in 2011, and a Ph.D. in psy­cholin­guis­tics, com­pleted in 2017, both from the Univer­sity of Ottawa.

Al-Amri has more than 10 years’ ex­pe­ri­ence in teach­ing.

He worked as an English lan­guage in­struc­tor for the Royal Saudi Air Force be­tween De­cem­ber 2006 and Au­gust 2008.

He then worked as a lec­turer at King Saud Univer­sity be­tween Septem­ber 2008 and 2017, and also served as as­sis­tant pro­fes­sor of psy­cholin­guis­tics in the depart­ment of lin­guis­tics at the univer­sity from Septem­ber 2017 un­til now. In Thurs­day’s T20 Vir­tual Con­fer­ence, Al-Amri used the panel dis­cus­sion to talk about how the COVID-19 pan­demic has af­fected the ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor.

“Like many other sec­tors, ed­u­ca­tion was highly af­fected by the out­break. 1.6 bil­lion stu­dents

(91 per­cent of all stu­dents glob­ally) were im­pacted by school clo­sure. 195 coun­tries ei­ther re­duced lo­cal or na­tion­wide clo­sure of schools,” he said.

He added: “There has not been an in­stance in modern his­tory where the ed­u­ca­tion ecosys­tems have ex­pe­ri­enced such a shock. Many is­sues were as­so­ci­ated with the shift to al­ter­na­tive so­lu­tions, in­clud­ing lim­ited in­ter­net con­nec­tiv­ity and dis­tance learn­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties, es­pe­cially in less-de­vel­oped coun­tries.”

Re­fer­ring to re­sponses by coun­tries, he said there needed to be a united global ef­fort.

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