The Office of the Education Department in eastern Taif has launched a program called “Fatin” which aims to protect students from intellectual threats around them.
Fahhad Al-Zuibi, director at the Office for Education said, “The program aims to insulate students, especially the bright and gifted ones, from bad influences that could lead them off track.”
The program aims to tap the services of 90 teachers as facilitators in four schools — Thakeef, Alqiron, Abu Ala Hadrami and Safwat Al-Talia— in eastern Taif. Al-Zuibi said that the program relies on the teachers’ effectiveness for its implementation to bear meaningful results.
“The teachers’ role is indeed important in shielding the students from bad influences such as social media, as some social media applications have been disseminating heresies and encouraging radical tendencies,” he said.
Abdulrahman Al-Shihri, the supervisor at the Office for Education, added that “Fatin” has three components for its successful implementation; the first one is ensuring the safety of the thoughts and ideas among students, adding that their thoughts must be in accordance with what is pure and right from both an academic and Islamic point of view.
“This can be done by closely monitoring the students in their studies as well as their other activities to ensure that they adhere to what is academically sound,” he said.
He added that, “everything they think and do should be in accordance with their country’s Islamic faith, beliefs and convictions.”
He also noted that the second aspect is training the teachers who will implement the programs to make sure that they impart the program’s aims and objectives to the students correctly. “The teachers’ role is crucial; it is second to none. In this regard, qualified teachers should undergo full training to achieve the intended results of the program,” he said.
He added that the third factor is training the students themselves after the program has been implemented. “The implementation will be executed in the presence of the Education Office Supervisor Khalid Al-Talhi, and coach Zain Al-Zuibi,” he said.