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Saudi Mountaineer Continues to Support her Late Friend’s Charity Work

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Saudi mountaineer Mona Shahab who climbed Mount Everest earlier this year shows her commitment to her late friend’s charity by using her Everest ascent to raise money for underprivileged children in Egypt.

If you’re familiar with Omar Samra, then you probably have heard of the heart-wrenching story of his wife Marwa Fayed who died in 2013 after complications during childbirth, leaving Samra heartbroken and alone with their kid who luckily survived.

Now, Shahab is showing her commitment to Fayed’s charitable work and vows to carry on with raising funds for the cause.

In a video she posted earlier this week, the mountaineer broke down on in tears whilst telling her story with her close friend Marwa.

“I’m doing it to help Marwa Fayed’s Toy Run give 300 children in underprivileged areas in Egypt a chance to be change agents in their communities,” Shahab says in the video.

Watch the video below, and if you’re as eager as we are to donate to the cause, click here.

 

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Roa’a Al-Sahah: The Kingdom’s First Female Circus Performer

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Roa’a Al-Sahhaf is the first Saudi female circus performer and the owner of the Kingdom’s first-ever aerial yoga studio, the trapeze artist has seen great success just a few months after the opening and is already looking expand.

Al-Sahhaf’s modern yoga classes have become very popular among Saudis in a short period of time, it is also worth mentioning that the studio is Saudi Arabia’s first certified aerial arts studio in the coastal city of Jeddah and is offering yoga, pole dancing, Pilates, family dance classes, and boxing.

“I had times where I could not travel, so I wanted to practice it here in my city. I decided to open a studio room in my house, and it worked. It started with family and friends of friends, and little by little gyms and studios began to call and ask me to give classes,” she says.

Al-Sahhaf also got to show off her talents during this season of Taif when she performed in flying trapeze and aerial shows with the famous circus. Currently, more than six gyms and studios across Jeddah are offering her classes and workshops, besides her workshops tours around the Kingdom and other GCC countries.

Her studio is located in Al-Khalidiyah district of Jeddah, and it offers workshops and training programs for future fitness instructors who aspire to teach aerial arts.

 

 

 

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Najm Appoints First Saudi Woman as Traffic Collision Inspector

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The first female traffic collision inspector has been appointed and started her duty at Najm for Insurance Services among a team of inspectors at Najm that extends the role of women.

The female inspector was assigned her new job on August 27 and is now handling Riyadh’s major roads, including Khalid bin Al Waleed Road and other streets surrounding King Khalid International Airport.

Her first day was quite successful and has monitored three accidents.

This step comes in light of Najm’s efforts towards empowering women and giving them the chance to serve the community by taking on roles in different workforce, even those related to monitoring traffic accidents.

Mohammad Al-Suliman, the organization’s CEO, said that this appointment highlights the faith that Najm has in female employees who actually proved their qualifications and commitment.

The initiative dates back to 2018, when the insurance company first helped future female employees complete an intensive program for the first batch of female inspectors who will work as traffic inspectors responsible of writing reports and verifying documents of the parties involved in the accident.

 

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Women to Teach Boys in Public Schools For the First Time

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In an attempt to improve the quality of education in the Kingdom, female teachers, for the very first time, will educate boys in 1,460 state-run schools.

The Ministry of Education will now allow female teacher to conduct classes to 13.5 percent of young boys in public private schools.

Suaad Al-Mansour, the ministry’s assistant director general explained that this step taken in the Early Childhood Schools Project is aimed towards improving primary education and maximizing space.

“With this project, the Ministry of Education aims to improve the efficiency of the educational system and ensure that every child has access to quality education around the Kingdom,” Al-Mansour told Arab News. 
She also added that for young boys at this age and at that stage of early childhood, having a female teacher is better seeing how women is more less intimating and more approachable.
“This project will bridge the gap young boys used to face after moving from kindergarten to primary school. The classes at early childhood schools are specially designed to fit their needs at this age, and being taught by women will give them a more fruitful learning experience,” Al-Mansour said.
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