Education Minister meets UNESCO-King Hamad ICT Prize Director

Dr. Mohammed bin Mubarak Juma, Minister of Education and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Higher Education Council, met with Fengchun Miao, the Director of the UNESCO King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa Prize for the Use of Information and Communicat…

Dr. Mohammed bin Mubarak Juma, Minister of Education and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Higher Education Council, met with Fengchun Miao, the Director of the UNESCO King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa Prize for the Use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in Education.

They discussed the arrangements for the award-distribution ceremony which will be held at the UNESCO headquarters on September 7.

Senior officials, ambassadors, diplomats, researchers, and media professionals from various countries will attend the ceremony to honour the award laureates.

Dr. Juma and Fengchun Miao reviewed areas of cooperation between Bahrain's Ministry of Education and UNESCO in fields of education and higher education.

They also discussed the proposed themes of the award's next edition.

Source: Bahrain News Agency

65,000 parents attended the first induction day, Minister of Education

Thousands of parents today head to schools to attend the first induction day.Education Minister Dr. Mohammed bin Mubarak Juma said that around 65000 took part in the induction day, making up nearly 50% of the overall number.His Royal Highness Prince S…

Thousands of parents today head to schools to attend the first induction day.

Education Minister Dr. Mohammed bin Mubarak Juma said that around 65000 took part in the induction day, making up nearly 50% of the overall number.

His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince and Prime Minister, directed the Ministry of Education to hold the induction days at Government-run schools.

In a statement today, Dr. Juma said that certain Government schools had reported up to 90% of parents' attendance on the first induction day.

The minister said that schools will hold the second induction today tomorrow, Tuesday, from 8 am until 4 pm, praising the administrative and educational staff for the good organization which marked the first day.

Source: Bahrain News Agency

Youth Minister meets HIPO-Youth batch

Rawan bint Najeeb Tawfiqi, Minister of Youth Affairs, met with members of the fifth batch of the national leadership programme HIPO-Youth.The programme is organized by the Institute of Public Administration (BIPA) in cooperation with the Ministry of Yo…

Rawan bint Najeeb Tawfiqi, Minister of Youth Affairs, met with members of the fifth batch of the national leadership programme HIPO-Youth.

The programme is organized by the Institute of Public Administration (BIPA) in cooperation with the Ministry of Youth Affairs and INJAZ Bahrain.

The minister stressed the pivotal role played by Bahraini youth in advancing the development process in Bahrain, through their capabilities to initiate youth programmes that would raise the level of national aspirations.

Dr. Shaikha Rana bint Isa bin Daij Al Khalifa, Director General of BIPA, explained that the meeting of the minister with the programme's members is a meeting from youth to youth, which reflects what Bahrain possesses today in terms of youth energies and leaders capable of participating in the decision-making process.

She noted that the exchange of experiences and applied practices by an elite group of government leaders is a mechanism that has proven effectiveness in motivating and encouraging Bahraini youth to develop their abilities and skills, and come up with innovative ideas and projects that contribute to achieving national accomplishments that keep pace with government visions.

Source: Bahrain News Agency

CST Seeks Public Consultation on Space Data Platform Regulations, Space Data Platform

The Communications, Space and Technology Commission (CST) invites the public to submit their input on the Space Data Regulations Platform and Application Document for Obtaining a Permit to provide Space Data Platform Services, which aims to establish t…

The Communications, Space and Technology Commission (CST) invites the public to submit their input on the Space Data Regulations Platform and Application Document for Obtaining a Permit to provide Space Data Platform Services, which aims to establish the regulatory environment for the space sector and attract investments to contribute to the growth of the GDP, as well as to increase the effectiveness of space data governance.

CST stated that through the publication of these two documents, any entity that undertakes to establish a platform that acts as a marketplace for space data, and to collect and process the space data received from satellite operators, such as satellite images, remote sensing data, orbital data, weather data and astronomy data, can get informed with the view to obtain a license.

The platform also connects satellite operators, technical solution and application developers, researchers and entities wishing to obtain space data-based solutions.

CST underlined that the Application Document for Obtaining a Permit to provide Space Data Platform Services includes guidelines and requirements for entities interested in acquiring a license, as well as obligations of relevant parties to ensure user rights and data security.

CST calls on all concerned parties and stakeholders to provide their comments, observations and suggestions regarding the documents, emphasizing its commitment to transparency and clarity in engaging all relevant entities. The deadline for submitting the input is September 12, 2023; submission can be done through the CST website:

https://regulations.citc.gov.sa/en/Pages/PublishedPublicConsultations.aspx#/PublishedPublicConsultations

Source: Saudi Press Agency

Tourism Ministry Launches 5 Tourist Educational Programs with Local, International Partnerships

The Ministry of Tourism, in collaboration with King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, King Khalid University, University of Tabuk, Batterjee Medical College, Prince Mohammed bin Salman College of Business and Entrepreneurship, and several reno…

The Ministry of Tourism, in collaboration with King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, King Khalid University, University of Tabuk, Batterjee Medical College, Prince Mohammed bin Salman College of Business and Entrepreneurship, and several renowned international institutions in tourism education, has launched five specialized educational programs for master's degrees and applied diplomas in the tourism and hospitality sectors. These programs aim to cater to the market demands for skilled professionals in different regions of the Kingdom.

The Tourism Education Initiative, initiated by the Ministry of Tourism, aims to align with the increasing need for qualified personnel in the tourism and hospitality industry within the Kingdom. As part of the National Strategy of Tourism Development and the Saudi Vision 2030, the Ministry of Tourism plans to generate one million jobs in diverse tourism sectors by 2030.

Source: Saudi Press Agency

UNESCO Iraq: A training course for security services on international standards for regulating digital platforms and the Internet

UNESCO organized a joint training course with the Ministry of Interior on international standards and indicators for measuring freedom of expression via the Internet, and content standards (harmful, abusive, and illegal), targeting officers and employ…

UNESCO organized a joint training course with the Ministry of Interior on international standards and indicators for measuring freedom of expression via the Internet, and content standards (harmful, abusive, and illegal), targeting officers and employees of the Ministry, in the context of the UNESCO MDP joint funding program to enhance freedom of expression and safety of journalists.

The Head of the Security Media Cell, Major General Saad Maan, referred to criminal phenomena and immoral uses represented in digital extortion and drug trafficking, in light of the steady growth of the use of the Internet and social networks in Iraq, which called on the security services and the Iraqi judiciary to launch the "Bulgh" platform to address degrading content, which seeks to restrict illegal use of the Internet.

UNESCO provided a guide on standards for illegal content and tools to address it, with prominent models from the European Union, Britain and Switzerland, as well as a mechanism for belonging to the most prominent international alliances concerned with regulating the Internet and digital platforms.

The Representative of the European Committee for Monitoring Social Media Platforms via the Internet also spoke, during his participation via videoconference, about the foundations of litigation and dealing with illegal digital content in some European Union countries.

In this intensive training course, the UNESCO Representative for the information and communication sector, Dhiaa Sobhi, reviewed international best practices for addressing offensive and harmful digital content in a way that does not restrict freedoms, but rather through information and digital literacy for the public of users.

For his part, the Representative of the Council of Commissioners of the Media and Communications Commission, Hussein Zamil, gave a presentation on the Commission's efforts to open the doors of global digital platforms through a program to regulate the process of using the Internet and its platforms in Iraq.

Through discussions with the Director of the platform for the Ministry of the Interior and his team, UNESCO evaluated the mechanisms of this platform's work and the challenges they face, in addition to agreeing to issue periodic reports showing the procedures of this platform related to the publishing and media courts in Iraq.

It is noteworthy that the joint funding program to enhance freedom of expression and the safety of journalists is one of the most prominent UNESCO programs that focus on developing indicators of freedom of expression on the Internet or through other means of expression. UNESCO believes that regulating the Internet and communications sector must be based on the foundations of educating the public of users before going to harsh and severe penalties.

Source: National Iraqi News Agency