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RIYADH: The King Abdulaziz and Associates Foundation for Giftedness and Creativity, “Mawhiba”, today launched its 2024 summer enrichment initiatives, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

These include Mawhiba Academic Enrichment Program, Mawhiba Research Enrichment Program, Mawhiba Universal Enrichment Program and Mawhiba Ambassadors Program. The programs will take place in more than 100 meetings in 16 cities.

Programs starting today will last three, four or six weeks depending on the specifics of each program. About 13,000 students participate, including 450 students from Arab countries such as Syria, Jordan, Palestine, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Tunisia, Algeria, Iraq, Sultanate of Oman, Qatar, Kuwait, Libya, Morocco, Mauritania, Yemen, Egypt and South Africa.

According to SPA, the programs offer intensive scientific enrichment in the research, scientific and technical fields. Students will acquire numerous academic and personal skills, as well as participate in activities and field trips at the program headquarters and elsewhere.

12,219 students participate in the academic enrichment program, which includes 68 programs in 16 cities. In addition, 480 students are enrolled in the Universal Enrichment Program and 485 students participate in the Research Enrichment Program, which includes 14 different programs. The Ambassador Program, meanwhile, takes place in three countries, the US, the UK and Ireland, and has 128 students across 24 programmes.

Amal Al-Hazzaa, secretary general of Mawhib, said the summer enrichment programs offered in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Saudi universities and research centers are designed to provide advanced scientific knowledge and experience.

“These programs aim to improve students’ abilities and skills and offer them tailored support for their development and improvement.”

Al-Hazza emphasized that students are trained by leading international experts in gifted education. This training provides them with advanced academic knowledge and scientific skills across a range of specialist enrichment units.

Khaled Al-Sharif, CEO of Mawhiba Center of Excellence, emphasized that enrichment programs are characterized by the ability to expand students’ mental and cognitive horizons, help them identify and explore their scientific interests to set future goals, and develop their personal and social skills while instilling competences of the 21st century.

These programs provide a stimulating science environment where students can interact with their peers of the same age group, engage in supervised science activities to express their creativity, and make the most of their summer vacation.

According to SPA, students through these science programs gain expertise in conducting research experiments, analyzing data, drawing conclusions, writing scientific reports, and developing original research ideas and proposals.

The programs cover a variety of research areas, including nanotechnology, materials science, environmental sensors, renewable energy, lithium battery engineering, carbon dioxide conversion, hydrogen production, water purification from environmental pollutants, and waste conversion into economically viable materials. These initiatives are overseen by a team of experts, faculty members, teachers, scholars and a group of distinguished experts.

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