On Tuesday, Umm Al-Qura University signed a memorandum of understanding with Tatweer Buildings Company (TBC), a government company wholly owned by the Public Investment Fund and the implementing arm of the Ministry of Education's projects. The two parties signing this memorandum of understanding aim to agree on a framework for laying down the basic principles for future cooperation between them in the field of building, restoring, equipping, operating, and maintaining nurseries and kindergartens at Umm Al-Qura University, as well as its headquarters and branches.
By signing this memorandum of understanding as a first step in their prospective cooperation, the two parties look forward to establishing the standards of quality of education in accordance with the objectives of Saudi Vision 2030. They are also keen to empower women economically by providing the necessary care for the children of the university's academic and personnel staff.
The General Supervisor of the Initiatives Management and Vision Realization Office, Dr. Ehab Melibari, clarified that the policy of investment in minds that has been adopted by the Ministry of Education to improve educational outcomes would be the surest and best way to achieve the objectives of Saudi Vision 2030. He said, "The ambitious vision bets on human beings, the building of their abilities and faculties, the investment of their talents, and most importantly it lends support to the right of Saudi generations to receive an exceptional educational experience, befitting our country's great educational, cultural, economic, and humanitarian achievements."
He added, "Umm Al-Qura University is keen to be a major contributor and an active partner in the early childhood initiative launched by the Ministry of Education." He also pointed out that the signing of the memorandum of understanding with Tatweer Buildings Company would be a first step towards establishing a strong presence for the university in the field of early childhood through its nurseries and kindergartens.
For his part, Badr Al-Fagham, Deputy Chairman of Institutional Transformation at Tatweer Buildings Company, said, "The terms of the understanding memorandum require the exchange of information and documents related to the agreed areas of cooperation between the two parties. Both parties are obliged by this memorandum to reciprocally submit any observations and learned lessons. Moreover, the terms of the memorandum stipulate that each party shall consider the other party as a preferred partner for additional projects similar to the first project, if there are any."