Horse rid­ing, swim­ming to be in­tro­duced in pub­lic schools


RIYADH: The Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry is in­tro­duc­ing horse rid­ing and swim­ming at pub­lic schools this com­ing aca­demic year as an op­tional ac­tiv­ity, form­ing part of its over­haul of the coun­try’s ex­tracur­ric­u­lar pro­gram for stu­dents and in line with the goals of Vi­sion 2030.

These ac­tiv­i­ties will be age- ap­pro­pri­ate, with many pre­vi­ously only of­fered at some pri­vate and in­ter­na­tional schools. Con­di­tions stip­u­lated by the min­istry for run­ning these pro­grams in­clude that they must con­form to Is­lamic prin­ci­ples and goals of the na­tion.

The min­istry al­ready has six ex­tra­mu­ral pro­grams run­ning in­clud­ing in cul­ture, arts, in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy, sports, health, scouts, fam­ily and life skills. These are of­fered no more than three days a week, de­pend­ing on the ca­pac­ity and fi­nances of each school.

Min­is­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion Ah­mad Al-Isa is also launch­ing Tues­day four di­verse pro­grams for male and fe­male pupils this sum­mer hol­i­days, in­clud­ing recre­ation, sum­mer jobs, tourism and vol­un­teer work.

This pro­gram is called “My Hol­i­day” and will be paid for by the gov­ern­ment. They are linked to univer­si­ties in co­or­di­na­tion with other au­thor­i­ties and are part of the coun­try’s plans to en­sure stu­dents de­velop lead­er­ship skills. The min­istry has em­pha­sized the im­por­tance of school ad­min­is­tra­tions in en­sur­ing that the goals of Vi­sion 2030 are met, ac­cord­ing to a re­port in Ale­qte­sa­diah on Mon­day.

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