Minister of Education and Minister of Higher Education Dr. Bader Al-Issa has stressed that cultural affairs during digital era need serious action to enable schools hold purposeful cultural activities.
The minister made the statement on Monday in a speech during the inauguration of 23rd session of the cultural season of Arab Center for Educational Research for the Gulf States titled "school responsibility in developing culture." He stressed the importance of the center's topic this year for many causes; first culture is a container which maintains the society's structure, determines its identity and links generations to their country's heritage.
Second societal culture is a main pillar of a comprehensive sustainable development which determines development programs through certain concepts and values adopted by individuals, he said.
School, as a societal institution which brings up and educates children, bears a huge responsibility in evolving culture and turns it into an enlightened thought inside their minds that help them enrich their country's culture, he noted.
Dealing with cultural affairs nowadays is an uneasy matter for families, schools or other institutions tasked with education, the minister confirmed. Meanwhile, Dr. Sulaiman Al-Askari, head of the center, said the aim of modern education is to help people be able to think freely and innovate not to learn by heart.
Due to cultural illiteracy, there are graduates who fail to play positive roles in the society, he added. He pointed out that the Arab culture is facing crises which are obstacles to contribute effectively to developing Arab personality.