Its vice-president told Asharq Al-Awsat: We aim to increase them by about 70%. </p><div itemprop="articleBody"> <p>Nearly half a century has passed since the Saudi girl joined the scouting teams, through qualifying to be an individual in these activities, and today it begins through the extra-curricular curricula in educational institutions, with the Saudi Ministry of Education heading to include it in girls' schools during the coming period.
Dr. Abdullah Al-Fahd, Vice-President of the Saudi Arabian Scout Association, an association headed by the Saudi Minister of Education, stresses the importance of opening the way for all girls wishing to participate in this activity, noting that scouting is an educational institution that complements what schools and universities do, which will contribute to the preparation of girls. Saudi Arabia at the local, regional and global levels, as well as benefiting from international experiences in the field of capacity development, skills and community service, especially since Scouts is an international organization with global, regional and local programs. In his interview with Asharq Al-Awsat, Al-Fahd revealed that the total number of Saudi scouts (female and male) is estimated at about 250 thousand individuals, indicating that the association has set a growth share for this total number at about 5 percent, of which the share of girls is 70 percent, during the nine years. The target is to be completed in 2030.
The Vice-President of the Saudi Arabian Scout Association explains that the Association began years ago in developing the scouting work for Girl Guides, noting that Girl Scouts began in the Kingdom in the seventies of the last century, about half a century ago, with the participation of a number of Girl Guides in the Arab Girl Guides Association in Morocco, West, sunset.
Al-Fahd continued, “This activity continued on a small scale in some private schools and colleges, and there has been development by the association and follow-up to this program.” Pointing out that two years ago, a specialized committee was established in this regard, in the belief of the association in the importance of the role of the Saudi girl and the active participation in society, as well as the development of her abilities, knowledge and skills.
Regarding the participation of Saudi Girl Scouts in the World Scout Jamboree in the United States, Al-Fahd explains that they had a great and distinguished role in expressing the Kingdom’s culture, history and activities, and achieved great success in Virginia. He indicated that the women’s scouting teams include all age groups, from “flowers” to “leaders.”
The Minister of Education, Dr. Hamad Al-Sheikh, met a few months ago at the Ministry’s headquarters in Riyadh, the Saudi Girl Scouts, and stressed that the Scouts represent one of the most important vital sectors in human building, community development, participation and interaction with national events and occasions, humanitarian situations, and integration with state institutions in the face of Challenges and crises, noting that scouting activity reflects the values and culture of Saudi society in the service of humanity, spreading peace, coexistence, and openness to the world.
Al-Sheikh indicated that the activity of girls in the Scouts is no less important than the participation of young people, and there is no difference between them, as all are partners in serving the country, contributing to its development, and expressing its original values that we are all proud of, stressing the role of scouting work in training girls on discipline and teamwork. And instilling Islamic values and civic education, and introducing individual and collective capabilities to serve the community, calling for the importance of empowering women in community service, creating an organizational environment for the governance of work, and an executive plan for its improvement.