Progress Achieved towards
Illiteracy Eradication (1997-2007)
(5/7/1) Project Execution Stage:
During a celebration occasion on April the 20th 2004, his royal highness: Prince of Madeenah region, and the Minister of education, accompanied by other organizations representatives, Madeenah socialites, and MOE head chiefs have released the project to start.
The project work team consisted of the following well-organized groups: the count, classification, and registration team; the educational affairs and labor team; the administrative and financial team; the informational and media team; the supervision and evaluation team; male/female tutors training team.
Total subjects count up has reached a number of 4210 males, and 10125 females, out of which 3255 males, and 6439 females joined the program in its first (execution) stage. On the second (refinement) stage, nearly 1243 males, and 2945 females joined the classes. The grand total number of the illiterate in both stages was 4489 males, and 9384 females. The carefully selected, and well-qualified teachers formed a total number of 360 male, and 520 female teachers. Besides, training cases and instructors’ guidebooks were arranged for the teachers as well.
Local society have effectively participated in the implementation of the project supporting programs, such as the Ministry of Health (MH), the Ministry of Culture and Information (MCI), the Ministry of Social Affairs (MSA), the Ministry of Interior (MI), Anti-Narcotics General Directorate (ANGD), Civil Defense (CD), and charitable associations had all best contributions of a significant influence.
Organizations, too, had some input in the evaluation of the project. The Arab Bureau of Education for the Gulf States (ABEGS) had assigned an expert whose mission was to guarantee proper follow up and documentation of the project. Furthermore, a new website on the Internet was released, particularly created for the sake of serving the project. This site, with which many Arab countries, as well as domestic add-ins have been interacting, is regularly updated.
The Arab Bureau of Education for the Gulf States (ABEGS) had also hold a workshop in Madeenah, attended by adult education heads in Gulf States, who admired the experiment. Another workshop was later held by the UNISCO in Madeenah, attended by adult education experts in Arab World.
Madeenah was later declared an illiteracy-free town in 2005 during an enormous celebration, honored by his royal highness Prince of Madeenah, the Minister of Education, and a long list of government and private sectors’ officials in charge.