RIYADH: The Knowledge Core Education System, Canada, joined hands with Prince Miteb bin Thunayan bin Mohammed to support an initiative in order to set up schools, colleges and a university in line with international standards to solve the higher education problems of expatriates living in the Kingdom.
“Seeking to resolve expatriates’ education challenges in the Kingdom, a formal agreement was signed between Prince Miteb, patron-in-chief for the Knowledge Core, Riyadh, and Shahzad Alam Siddiqui, chairman Knowledge Core, Canada,” said Mohammad Naseem, a Knowledge Core official, on Sunday.
Earlier, addressing a formal ceremony, which was also attended by Manzoor Ul Haq, Pakistan ambassador in Riyadh, Prince Miteb emphasized the importance of education for all Muslims saying: “The seeking of knowledge is obligatory for every Muslim and promoting education in the Muslim world is the need of the time.”
He said that we wanted some groups to set up an educational institution on affordable prices without compromising the quality of education.
Speaking on the occasion, the Pakistani envoy thanked Prince Miteb and Knowledge Core for extending this support and exuded hoped that this initiative will help resolve educational problems of the Pakistani community in the Kingdom.
On this occasion, he pointed toward the pressure for admissions in Pakistan International schools.
“We encourage all groups to come and help us overcoming educational issues of the Pakistani community,” he noted.
Haq suggested that curriculum for schools, colleges and university should be designed keeping international standards and Islamic principles in mind.
He also appreciated Knowledge Core for promoting quality education in remote and distant areas of Pakistan through its e-Learning program “EDUCAST” via its offshoot EPEX Lab.
Alam underlined the importance of support by the Saudi government to allow investment in the education sector for expatriates.
He maintained that there are 9.2 million expatriate workers in the Kingdom, with around 42 percent employed in both the public and private sectors as per a new study.
He pointed out that expatriates face problems in educating their children in some accredited educational institutions at high costs and need quality education at affordable prices, therefore, “we are keen in setting up an education system for entry level to postgraduate level for the expatriates and Saudis at an affordable cost.”