The Crown Prince Abdullah opens computer conference

A 4-day conference entitled ‘Computer and Education’ has been opened today (Sunday) to promote computer education in government schools

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By  Charlotte McDonald Published  February 4, 2001

The Education Ministry and the Saudi Computer Society have collaborated to organise an international computer conference in Riyadh starting today (Sunday). The conference, opened by Crown Prince Abdullah, deputy premier and commander of the National Guard, is intended to promote computer education in government schools.

“The conference is held as part of the government’s efforts to enhance the use of computers for educational purposes,” said Dr Khaled Al-Awad, chairman of the organising committee to Arab News on Thursday.

The 4-day event, entitled ‘Computer and Education’, comes following ‘Watani’, a major project developed by Crown Prince Abdullah last year. ‘Watani’ is initiated to promote computer education in Saudi schools. “The state intends that education should be the gateway for cultural change in society,” said Awad.

The conference focuses on the latest developments in computer and information technologies. “The use of modern technology in our daily life is the talk of the hour,” said Awad.

Included in the conference are experts from the United States, Britain, Australia and Malaysia who are explaining their countries experiences in the computer age. Several open training programmes, computer competitions and a computer exhibition are also featuring as part of the event.

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