The Royal Commission for Riyadh City (RCRC) today (May 19) announced the opening of the first campus of Singapore-based Global Schools Foundation’s One World International School (OWIS) in Riyadh.
This announcement is yet another milestone for the RCRC International Schools Attraction Programme, an initiative to bring international schools to the Saudi capital in partnership with the Kingdom’s Ministry of Investment and the Ministry of Education.
A renowned educational institute, the GSF currently operates 26 campuses in eight countries with a strength of over 25,000 students from 70 nationalities.
Recognized as the world's most awarded network of schools by the World Book of Records, London UK and Switzerland in 2021, GSF received 350 international awards in educational excellence, health and safety, social and emotional leaning, and organisational excellence from the world’s leading award bodies.
Mazen Tammar, Head of Education Sector at the RCRC, said: "Attracting prestigious global institutions such as the OWIS is a big part of how Riyadh is creating a world-class education ecosystem. This is a significant milestone in improving educational opportunities for all Riyadh residents."
"The international institutions brought here by the RCRC will not only enhance the education sector but also contribute to the transformation of the capital into one of the world's most competitive and liveable cities by 2030," he stated.
The school offers comprehensive and holistic educational programmes that include arts, sports, music, and languages. OWIS provides personalized teaching for various stages of development including International Baccalaureate (IB), Primary Years Programme (PYP) and an American curriculum based on Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).
Atul Temurnikar, Chairman of the GSF, said: "OWIS believes in an all-inclusive education to help the next generation blossom into young adults with a global outlook. The school also adapted its education to meet the needs of the changing times. The Riyadh campus will reflect the OWIS’s inherent philosophy of commitment to quality education. It will also give students the right foundation to propel them to international success in the future."
The school offers modern, state-of-the-art infrastructure within a digital environment, designed to impart 21st century learning abilities to make students inquisitive explorers, able to apply their education in real world experiences.
Through sports and skills-based learning, students will be given the opportunity to hone inherent talents and acquire new proficiencies. The range of programs offered include coding, robotics, design and technology, and STEM-related studies, it stated.
OWIS students in Riyadh will gain exposure to peers, experts, and faculty from the GSF’s global education network through interschool, inter-campus and international activities to support in building strong student portfolios and global mindsets. GSF’s educational offering is underpinned by value-driven programs that build emotional intelligence, encourage awareness, and equip students with the ability to flourish in culturally diverse environments.
Distinguished as one of the best education systems in the world by the OECD, Singapore’s education system has placed top-five in educational outcomes by both the Program for International Schools Assessment (PISA) and the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS).-TradeArabia News Service