Saudi Arabia plans to revamp its education system to better adapt the outcomes to the needs of the labor market.
The Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia plans to review the kingdom’s educational system to promote values such as tolerance and hard work, and to better prepare citizens to find work.
The refurbishment will cover all levels of education, from early childhood to adult learning opportunities, according to a summary of the human capabilities development program announced by the official Saudi press agency on Wednesday.
The program aims to better align the kingdom’s educational outcomes with the needs of the labor market, as unemployment rises to 11.7%. Other goals include promoting values such as moderation, perseverance and a hard-working culture.
The refurbishment is part of Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s “Vision 2030” strategy 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.
The public schools in Saudi Arabia have long been a bastion of the principles preached by its religious institution, such as strict gender segregation. Prince Mohammed has relaxed social restrictions and called on citizens to follow a more ‘moderate’ path of Islam, even though he has a decline in domestic critics.