The College of Education, represented by the Department of Curricula and Teaching Methods, held a ceremony in celebration of International Volunteer Day. The ceremony was attended by the Dean of the College of Education, Dr. Ali bin Muslih Al-Matrafi; the College Vice-Dean, Dr. Mardi bin Gharmullah Al-Zahrani; Head of the Department of Curricula and Teaching Methods, Dr. Awad bin Saleh Al-Malki; several deputy department heads; several academic staff members; and department postgraduate students at the college celebration hall.
The ceremony started with a Qur'anic recitation, after which the college dean, Dr. Ali Al-Matrafi, talked about the importance of volunteering, its role in a person's life, and its effect on the individual. He pointed out that the Department of Curricula always seeks to launch such important initiatives that serve the community. He expressed his thanks to UQU President, His Excellency Prof. Abdullah bin Omar Bafail, for his support of the college's programs and activities.
The new identity of the Department of Curricula and Teaching Methods was then announced, which is in line with Saudi Vision 2030 and represented by the department's new slogan of "Creativity Partners," reflecting the department's new vision and mission.
The voluntary initiative "Referential Infographic for Curricula and Teaching Methods" was also launched. It is hoped to be the first modern academic reference for researchers and people interested in curricula and teaching methods in design and creative production. The initiative hopes to reach 500 topics on the science of curricula and teaching methods.
At the end of the event, the postgraduate students were invited to take part in a discussion about their future aspirations in order to be part of the department's upcoming executive plan. The volunteers were then thanked.
It is worth mentioning that the department's priorities include fulfilling the objectives of Saudi Vision 2030 in the area of volunteer empowerment and increasing volunteer numbers to one million. Statistics show that since the beginning of the project there have been more than 2000 beneficiaries, 70 volunteers from postgraduate students, 82 voluntary initiatives, and more than 300 voluntary hours worked. This initiative is considered to be the first of its kind among the Departments of Curricula and Teaching Methods in Arabic universities.
Finally, the College Dean and the Head of the Department of Curricula and Teaching Methods expressed their appreciation for the projects' volunteer team, represented by Abdul-Rahman Al-Alyani, the project manager; Dr. Samah Al-Jafri, leader of the female section of the project; and team members Khalid Al-Malki and Abdul-Aziz Al-Malki. They also extended their thanks to the postgraduate students who joined the project and helped fulfill its objectives.