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5 Online Competitions Launched For Students With Valuable Prizes

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If you’re up for a challenge to keep you busy during this quarantine, then sign up in one of these five online competitions that have been launched recently by the General Department of Education in Riyadh. 

The five competitions target students and cover various domains, the competitions have been launched on April 9th and close on the 20th.

These competitions include best short film, the online student activity hackathon 2020 for the best coronavirus crisis solutions, ideas and initiatives, robots and coronavirus, the best daily schedule, and a message to the heroes of education.

According to the director general of the Department of Education in Riyadh, Hamad Al-Wahaibi, these competitions aims at encouraging students to take part in something beneficial that can keep them busy during this crisis.

It is also an attempt to have them invest their own free time for something that can benefit them, and eventually lift up their spirits during the lockdown especially with valuable prizes as incentives.

“These competitions give students the opportunity to showcase their talents, experiences and creativity during this crisis, the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, which we and the whole world are experiencing.” Al-Wahaibi said.

The Short Film Competition

The competition requires a visual production of less than two minutes covering one of these topics, the Kingdom’s efforts in fighting coronavirus or the efforts of the Ministry of Education in promoting distance learning.

Hackathon 2020

It is a competition through which students are asked to deliver creative technology solutions for the coronavirus crisis.

“In the robots and coronavirus competition, students compete to design robotic projects as a modern innovative means in the fields of raising awareness about coronavirus and preventing it. In the best message to education heroes competition, students compete to write a letter of no more than 300 words to the heroes of education.” The assistant director general for educational affairs, Abdullah Al-Ghannam, said.

Students competing in the short film competition should submit their work via the email address media@riyadhedu.gov.sa, meanwhile other submissions can be sent at r.nashat20@gmail.com.

Winners of the first five places will receive cash prizes; a prize of SR2,000 will go to the first place, SR1,500 for second, SR1,000 for third, SR750 for fourth, and SR500 for fifth place.

We urge parents to encourage their kids to take part in one of the competitions as they combine education with entertainment.

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Saudi Rania Nashar Makes it to Forbes’ List of The World’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women”

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The Kingdom’s own Rania Nashar has made it to Forbes’ annual list of “The World’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women” and we can’t help but feel so much pride!

Nashar was ranked the 99th in the list that includes prominent names such as Angela Merkel, Kamaala Harris, Melinda Gates, Rihanna, & many other global female trailblazers.

Nashar is the first female to hold the position of CEO CEO of Saudi commercial bank, Samba Financial Group. She also made it to this ranking through her tremendous efforts in implementing changes that empower women of Saudi Arabia, all of which comes as part of the 2030 Vision.

Nashar has exceeded 20 years of experience in the field of commercial banking and has been inspiring young Saudi women to take on the challenge as well and break the glass ceiling and for that, we congratulate her.

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This Saudi Landmark Just Won a Prestigious Award for Its Innovative Architectural Design

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The King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC) has received the American Concrete Institute (ACI) award for concrete construction excellence.

The building, which is designed by Zahra Hadid Architects (ZHA), is one of the most well-known landmarks in Riyadh. It’s known for its unique architectural design.

The structure features an hexagonal honeycomb structure which stands out with hexagonal cell openings providing shade from the harsh sun. “ZHA projects have always been unique and creative in an unprecedented, nontraditional way. There’s no other structure like it in the entire world,” Saudi architect Mokhtar Al Shoaibi told Arab News.

The building is made of extremely complex steel, said Saudi architect Mukhtar Al-Shoaibi.

“The contractor working on the job must have gone through so much to install the joints and then apply the sheets over it and now it acts as a monument in the Kingdom,” he told Arab News.

It’s also worth mentioning that KAPSARC won the title of ‘smartest building’ in Saudi Arabia from the Honeywell Smart Building Awards program.

“I’m proud to see Saudis accomplish that. There are many more major projects coming up in the Kingdom as well, and I can’t wait to see what they’ll present,” Mukhtar Al-Shoaibi said.

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Women’s Participation Rise 120% in Saudi Industries

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Women of Saudi Arabia are claiming their rightful role in private and government sectors, as these sectors strive to hire qualified women in different fields.

According to the Saudi Authority for Industrial Cities and Technical Zones (MODON), the number of Saudi women taking part in the industrial cities it oversees has seen a significant increase by around120 percent, bringing the total number of female workers 17,000 by the end of March this year.

Khalid Al-Salem, director general of MODON, said that the authority “has come a long way” and still aims at encouraging the female participation in the industrial sector.

“These oases host clean industries such as medical and food industries, rubber and high-tech industries, as well as prefabricated factories supporting women entrepreneurs and small and medium enterprises,” he said.

He said: “MODON seeks to support the productivity of women by providing an optimal environment for their work. Therefore, it signed a memorandum of understanding with a building development company to implement nursery and kindergarten programs in industrial cities and oases under the Ministry of Education’s guidance.” He added.

This strategy of activating the role of women in industrial development goes along with the Saudi Vision of 2020 that aim at enhancing women’s role in the Kingdom’s economy.

 

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