As part of Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s new vision for the education sector in Saudi Arabia, Vision 2030, the history and culture of other countries are being studied to provide students with more knowledge about different cultures.
As part of this, students will be taught Ramayana and Mahabharata. The curriculum will focus on globally significant Indian cultures such as yoga and ayurveda, to expand the students’ cultural knowledge and exposure.
Apart from the introduction of Ramayana and Mahabharata in the curriculum of students in Saudi Arabia, the English language has been made mandatory in the country’s Vision 2030.
Twitter user Nouf-al-Marwai tried to clear the confusion for subjects of the kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He wrote, “Saudi Arabia’s new vision-2030 and syllabus will help build a future that is inclusive, liberal, and tolerant.“
The Twitter user also shared a screenshot of his son’s syllabus, which contained a wide array of cultures.
“The screenshot of my son’s school exam today in the book of social studies includes concepts and history of Hinduism, Buddhism, Ramayana, Karma, Mahabharata, and Dharma. I enjoyed helping her study,” he said in his tweet.
Along with the people of Saudi Arabia, a number of Indian users have welcomed the development, saying that they are happy the knowledge of their culture is reaching millions of students in Saudi Arabia through the new syllabus.
For many years, Saudi Arabia had faced criticism over its educational curriculum being focused on Arab and Islamic culture while failing to address other cultures and religions of the world, which is why this latest change has generated positive feedback worldwide.