A new era in the realm of Saudi Arabian literature is dawning, as the Kingdom embarks on its 'Generation of Literature' initiative. A brainchild of the King Abdulaziz and his Companions Foundation for Giftedness and Creativity, popularly known as Mawhiba, and the Saudi Ministry of Culture's Literature Publishing and Translation Commission, the initiative is aimed at nurturing the creative writing talents of young Saudi students.
A Platform for Young Creatives
As a testament to its commitment to empowering the nation's youth, the program targets middle school students who have shown exceptional talent in literary fields. Over a course of nine weeks, the students will dive deep into a variety of genres including science fiction, detective stories, and children's tales. This initiative is not limited by geographic constraints, with over 150 students from across the Kingdom participating, both in person in Riyadh, Jeddah, and Dhahran, and virtually.
Aligning with Vision 2030
The 'Generation of Literature' initiative fits snugly within the Kingdom's Vision 2030, which aims to foster talent and creativity among its citizens. Mawhiba's mandate to provide enrichment programs for gifted students aligns with this vision, delivering experiences that challenge and refine their abilities, promoting efficiency and readiness. This literary initiative, in particular, is tailored to align with fields and genres appropriate for the target age group, thereby fostering a new generation of creative writers.
More Than Just Literature
While the 'Generation of Literature' initiative stands as a significant stride towards nurturing literary talent, the Kingdom's efforts to advance its youth extend further. In Doha, the inaugural meeting of the Executive Committee of the Saudi-Qatari Coordination Council recently took place, focusing on the progress of the council's subcommittees and the signing of future memoranda of understanding. Back home, the Saudi Program for the Separation of Conjoined Twins continues its humanitarian efforts, as evidenced by the thriving six-year-old Haneen, a former conjoined twin separated in Riyadh. Meanwhile, the Royal Commission for AlUla Governorate has joined forces with the Kenyan-based Space for Giants organization to protect biodiversity in AlUla and promote carbon neutrality as part of the Saudi Green Initiative launched in 2021.