Saturday, January 5

Saudi Arabia to Include "Human Rights" in National Curriculum

I suppose this is a good idea, but one wonders which Human Rights will be taught? This one? or This one? Or This one? Quite a difficult challenge but I suppose this is sufficient for Saudi Arabia. Sighs, a long way to go indeed!

Saudi Arabia to Include "Human Rights" in National Curriculum

By Turki Al-Saheil

Riyadh, Asharq Al-Awsat- Saudi Arabia took its first step today towards including "human rights" curriculum within its education curricula after The National Society for Human Rights (NSHR) invited representatives from 16 high educational institutions to discuss the subject in a workshop.

The one-day workshop will emphasize on four proposals on how to incorporate the teaching of human rights at schools and colleges.

Dr. Bandar Al-Hajjar, president of the society told Asharq Al-Awsat, “We have underlined the importance of education in promoting human rights ever since the society’s formation.”

During the past years, the organization was busy preparing its infrastructure, such as a specialized library in Riyadh and a comprehensive data center.

"This infrastructure is essential to create a beneficial atmosphere for teaching human rights,” Al-Hajjar added.

The participants in today’s workshop include representatives from 14 universities, Naif Arab University for Security Sciences and King Khaled Military Academy.

Teaching human rights at educational institutions in the Kingdom is one the society’s strategies. The society has proposed to introduce the subject either to all university students irrespective of their specializations or to students of law, medicine and mass communication.

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