Saudi Arabia plans to renovate its education system to better adapt the results to the needs of the labor market.
Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince plans to renovate the country’s flagged education system to promote values including tolerance and hard work, and better prepare citizens to find jobs.
The rearmament will cover all levels of education, from early childhood to adult education opportunities, according to a summary of the human capacity program announced by the official Saudi press agency on Wednesday.
The program aims to better adapt the nation’s education results to the needs of the labor market, as unemployment is 11.7%. Other goals include promoting values such as moderation, perseverance and a “hard work culture”, it said.
The review is part of Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s strategy “Vision 2030” to diversify the oil-dependent economy. It is also a sign that he wants to soften the kingdom’s reputation as an ultra-conservative Islamic state.
Saudi Arabia’s public schools have long been a bastion of the principles preached by its religious establishment, such as strict gender segregation. Prince Mohammed has lifted social restrictions and has urged citizens to follow the path of a more “moderate” Islam, even if he attacks domestic critics.