Ministers of education in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait seek greater cooperation
Saudi Arabia’s Education Minister Dr. Hamad Al-Sheikh held talks with his Kuwaiti counterpart Dr. Ali Al-Mudhaf to develop common classroom plans and goals. Kuwait’s minister met with the chief of a pan-Gulf Arab education body known as the Arab Bureau of Education for the Gulf States (ABEGS), Dr. Abdulrahman Al-Assimi, to try to keep the crucial sector afloat after disruptions caused by the COVID-19 outbreak. Both meetings took place in Saudi Arabia on the sidelines of a global education conference.
The meetings precede future talks involving officials from both Gulf Arab neighbors, the Kuwaiti minister noted. During their talks, ABEGS chief Al-Assimi explained how his organization can contribute to the development of education in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the education sector is in dire need of reforms to realize its development goals, says Dr. Saleh Al-Qusomi, the Saudi education ministry’s undersecretary. Over 200 leaders from global education have gathered in Riyadh for an international discussion that will shed light on certain perennial challenges in education.