Crown Prince Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz, Deputy Prime Minister and Commander of the National Guard, chairing the regular weekly meeting of the Council of Ministers today, stated that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is carrying on with its plans to build up Saudi cadres by means of increasing opportunities for education and training. Noting the reduction of illiteracy, reported by the General Board of Statistics for 1995-96 as 14.9 percent for males and 35.5 percent for females, he said: “The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, under the leadership of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz, is fully convinced that investment in human resources represents the backbone of economic development and social welfare”.
Minister of Higher Education Dr. Khalid Bin Muhammad Al-Angary, acting for the Information Minister, reported Prince Abdullah as expressing satisfaction that Saudi Arabia has won a top award from the Arab League’s Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ALESCO) for its fight against illiteracy. Explaining Saudi education policy and reviewing the education process in the Kingdom since King Fahd became the nation’s first education minister in 1957, Prince Abdullah pointed out that the government allocated more than SR 135 billion (U.S. $ 36 billion) to education during the fifth five-year development plan. He then referred to the meetings and seminars held last week in various parts of the Kingdom as an important step at the threshold of the 21st century.
Prince Abdullah, congratulating the members of the Arab League on its 51st anniversary, said the Kingdom regards the League as the home of all Arabs, adding that this is a good opportunity to remind the Arab Nation of the principles on which it was founded.
Dr. Al-Angary reported that Prince Abdullah extended condolences on behalf of King Fahd, himself and the Saudi cabinet to the family of former Minister of Communications Hussein Mansouri, who performed numerous services to the state with sincerity and dedication.