60,000 Jobs in Saudi NGOs

Saudi students attend a class at the Technology College in Riyadh in this October 30, 2010 file photo. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia sits on more than a fifth of the globe's oil reserves and thanks to high oil prices it has almost tripled its foreign assets to more than $400 billion since 2005. The region's thinkers had a profound influence on the evolving western science of the Middle Ages. But from kindergarten to university, its state education system has barely entered the modern age. Focused on religious and Arabic studies, it has long struggled to produce the scientists, engineers, economists and lawyers that Saudi needs. To match Special Report SAUDI-EDUCATION/ REUTERS/Fahad Shadeed/Files (SAUDI ARABIA  - Tags: EDUCATION SCI TECH) - RTXXO9E

Saudi students attend a class at the Technology College in Riyadh in this October 30, 2010 file photo. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia sits on more than a fifth of the globe’s oil reserves and thanks to high oil prices it has almost tripled its foreign assets to more than $400 billion since 2005. The region’s thinkers had a profound influence on the evolving western science of the Middle Ages. But from kindergarten to university, its state education system has barely entered the modern age. Focused on religious and Arabic studies, it has long struggled to produce the scientists, engineers, economists and lawyers that Saudi needs. Special Report SAUDI-EDUCATION/ REUTERS/Fahad Shadeed/

The Ministry of Labor and Social Development has unveiled a plan to provide 60,000 jobs for local youths in non-governmental organizations (NGOs) across the Kingdom. The proposal, made under the National Transformation Program (NTP) 2020, would see the ministry provide training for youths to prepare them for work in NGOs. Salem Al-Deeni, undersecretary at the Ministry of Labor and Social Development, said: “While the ministry pays keen attention (to) the transparency and accountability of the NGOs in the Kingdom, it is also keen on developing the human resources to keep pace with the current developments.” The ministry has undertaken a detailed study of the whole NGO system in the Kingdom, to assess the job requirements. Associations, institutions and charitable organizations all come under the umbrella of NGOs. “We want to ensure 100 percent Saudi staff in these organizations by 2020,” Al-Deeni said, pointing out that NTP 2020 will pave the way to achieve the goals of the Saudi Vision 2030 reform plan.

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