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books, tu­tor­ing and sup­port. Man­soor Ahmed, di­rec­tor of health care, ed­u­ca­tion, devel­op­ment so­lu­tions and PPP for the MENA re­gion at the ad­vi­sory firm Col­liers In­ter­na­tional, also said the King­dom was im­ple­ment­ing “sev­eral com­mend­able ini­tia­tives to achieve its as­pi­ra­tion to erad­i­cate il­lit­er­acy by 2024.” “Among sev­eral ed­u­ca­tion re­forms, the roll­out of adult ed­u­ca­tion and lit­er­acy cen­ters is ex­pected to pos­i­tively im­pact on the lit­er­acy lev­els in the coun­try. There has been a sig­nif- icant in­crease in lit­er­acy rates over the past decade due to fo­cused pol­icy mea­sures.” Ahmed said the re­gion was be­com­ing more aware of the im­por­tance of lit­er­acy and ed­u­ca­tion for all. “For ex­am­ple, Egypt has also come up with am­bi­tious tar­gets in tack­ling il­lit­er­acy by im­prov­ing ed­u­ca­tional in­fra­struc­ture. We ex­pect this trend to con­tinue in the long term as the govern­ments im­ple­ment their eco­nomic trans­for­ma­tion pro­grams. The UAE, also, has re­cently launched a free e-learn­ing plat­form which pro­vides ed­u­ca­tion videos to over 50 mil­lion Arab stu­dents. “We be­lieve ini­tia­tives such as these, if im­ple­mented sus­tain­ably, will help the re­gion achieve higher lev­els of lit­er­acy,” he said. Hegazi Idris Ibrahim, a pro­gram spe­cial­ist in ba­sic ed­u­ca­tion and lit­er­acy at the re­gional of­fice for ed­u­ca­tion in Arab states at the UN Ed­u­ca­tional, Sci­en­tific and Cul­tural Or­ga­ni­za­tion (UN­ESCO), high­lighted the King­dom’s ef­forts in di­ver­si­fy­ing its ed­u­ca­tional pro­grams, pay­ing fi­nan­cial in­cen­tives to adult learn­ers who join lit­er­acy pro­grams and adopt­ing a “life­long learn­ing ini­tia­tive” to achieve an il­lit­er­acy-free so­ci­ety. “Lit­er­acy is more im­por­tant than ever given the in­creas­ing de­pen­dence on fast-grow­ing tech­nol­ogy, and the rapid changes in the la­bor mar­ket and in­ter-coun­try mo­bil­i­ties,” said Ibrahim. “For the re­gion, it is also im­por­tant for peace and sta­bil­ity. “UN­ESCO’s tar­get is to pro­vide the right to high-qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion to all, in­clud­ing adult learn­ers, and to make life­long learn­ing a re­al­ity and re­duce the il­lit­er­acy rate by 2030.” Source:arab­news.com

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