Background to the Development of Education

When the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia was founded in 1932, the opportunities for education were not widely available, being limited in the main to religious and basic literacy teaching in mosques.

In the 1930s, King Abdul Aziz initiated a program of formal primary education in the Kingdom. This program was given added impetus in 1949-1950 (1369-1370 AH) with the personal support of the then Prince Faisal and the encouragement of Prince Fahd bin Abdul Aziz - who later became Minister of Education and President of the Saudi Higher Council of Education, the highest educational authority in the Kingdom, and is now the King.

The Ministry of Education, with the then Prince Fahd bin Abdul Aziz at its head, was founded in 1954.

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