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College of Education for Girls at Al-Qunfudah

Brief:

Founded in: 1413 A.H

Establishment:

The College of Education for Girls at Al-Qunfudah was inaugurated as an intermediate college in the academic year 1413-1414 A.H. The foundation of the College is considered a landmark event witnessed by the city of Al-Qunfudah as the city has thus contributed to preparing good female citizens focusing on the type of graduates who are going to be the cornerstone of all kinds of progress and prosperity in Saudi Arabia.

The College used to award Diplomas in the following specializations:

1)      Holy Qur'an and Islamic studies;

2)      Arabic language and social studies;

3)      Science and mathematics; and

4)      Home economics and arts.

In 1421-1422 A.H. the college was changed from an intermediate college into a college of education for girls that awarded bachelor's degrees. The college thus has five specialized departments in addition to the Department of General Subjects, which teaches educational subjects and psychology to students of all departments of the college. The specialized departments in the College are as follows:

1.      Department of Arabic language;

2.      Department of Chemistry;

3.      Department of Mathematics;

4.      Department of Physics; and

5.      Department of Home Economics.

In order that the college buildings fulfill its educational message, it consists of two adjacent buildings at Khaledya in Al-Qunfudah:

1- Main Building: comprises the Dean's office, Vice Dean for student affairs office, Vide Dean for student affiliation affairs office, offices of heads of the different departments of the College and an administrative affairs office in addition to lecture halls equipped with television networks for all the departments, physics and computer labs and a kitchen for the department of home economics.

2- Annexed (second) Building: located at Khaledya near the main building. It comprises the second floor of Khaledya Educational Complex and includes eight medium-sized lecture halls equipped with television networks and a chemistry lab. This annexed building is supervised by a member of the college's teaching staff, a number of female supervisors and assistant employees.

3- New Annexed Building (under construction): Owing to the College's need for new facilities in order to productively perform its role and realize its goals, the deanship of the college has exerted great efforts to undertake expansion projects to meet the increasing interest in education. Hence, a new annex is being prepared at Khaledya next to the main building and is expected to be delivered by the end of the second term of the academic year 1429 A.H. The new annex contains eight large 100-seat lecture halls equipped with a television network.

The College further contains a dormitory for students, which is being supervised by the general supervisor of the College in the Ministry of Education. This dormitory houses 64 students and is being supplied with living supplies. The College also has a dormitory, adjacent to the student dormitory, for teaching staff members working with a contract and who has no mahram "a woman's unmarriageable kin".

Objectives

In addition to graduating female bachelor's degree holders in the various aforementioned specializations, the College of Education for Girls at Al-Qunfudah aims at achieving a number of fundamental objectives:

Instilling monotheism in girls and carrying on teaching them the Islamic culture, which makes them feel responsible before God to their duties towards their Muslim community so that they can prolifically contribute to its development;

Contributing to the integral Islamic development of each girl's personality to encourage her to acquire appropriate knowledge; interests, preferences, values and professional skills;

Preparing specialized women in the various fields of knowledge and science in line with their original instinct so that she can contribute to the mass development of society in conformity with Shari'a principles;

Working on girls' creativity and training them to following scientific thinking so that they are able face and handle public as well as private problems;

Playing a positive part in the field of scientific research which contributes to the advancement of arts and science;

-          Providing necessary training and making updating studies in order to provide graduates with the necessary knowledge they should be familiar with after graduation, either in their specializations or regarding the field of education

Participating in social work through constant interaction between colleges and institutes on the one hand and the whole society on the other to spread cultural, social, educational and scientific awareness using different methods, such as seminars, lectures and open as well as continuous education projects

- Ensuring the provision of equal opportunities with an eye on education economics, shortages, losses and waste. This can be achieved through academic as well as professional guidance and analyzing development plans to identify their requirements and reacting thereupon.