World Bank Group Applauds Saudi Arabia’s Distance Learning Efforts

The World Bank Group praised the Kingdom’s efforts to modernize its education system, as well as its extraordinary performance in digital education and distance education during the Corona pandemic.

Saudi efforts are reflected in alternative solutions and digital technologies; to continue the educational process at all educational levels, indicating the Ministry of Education’s eagerness to improve its educational tools and services through continuous monitoring of user data on its electronic educational platforms and feedback loops.

The World Bank Group praised the Ministry of Education’s virtual school model, which was implemented at the start of the 2020-2021 school year, and the ensuing pictures of innovation and creativity at all levels, particularly among male and female instructors.

It was stated that this experience contributed to the early development of an understanding of the importance of using educational technologies to support and enhance the work of male and female teachers and students’ educational experiences, as well as to discover new ways and methods of communication.

The World Bank Group addressed; a review of the Kingdom’s experience and the Ministry of Education’s efforts from kindergarten to the conclusion of secondary school, including the perspectives of school principals, teachers, male and female teachers, students, parents, and school supervisors.

The survey verified that using technological solutions, as well as the availability of digital resources and tools, was supportive of the Kingdom’s educational journey, with 89 percent of instructors believing that they were able to teach all or almost all of the lessons expected of them.

Even after the epidemic, 98 percent of instructors found the Madrasati platform valuable, while 94 percent of parents say their children benefit from the digital resources made accessible by the Kingdom for remote study.

The World Bank Group emphasized the effectiveness of distance education in developing technological skills, digital literacy, and independent learning skills, as well as digital codes of conduct and time management, stating that e-learning in the Kingdom, despite the challenges and exceptional circumstances imposed by the pandemic, has recorded a strong presence and interaction at the student and teacher levels.

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