Arab News –  Six Saudi students won medals in the annual International Science Olympiad (IJSO) held in South Korea between Dec. 2 to 12 this year. Of the six, five were from the Saudi capital and the one from Al-Ahsa.
The IJSO is an individual and collective competition in natural sciences and public education participated in by students who are 16 years of age or below.
The winners from Riyadh are Abdulrahman bin Fayyad Al- Drees, who won the silver medal; Faisal bin Fahad Al-Saloom, bronze; Mishaal bin Ali Al-Bahamman, bronze; Waleed bin Ibrahim Al-Dhargam, bronze; and Ali bin Mohammed Al-Asmari, bronze.
The winner from Al-Ahsa is Badr bin Salman Al-Melhem, who also received a bronze medal.
The Kingdom had also joined the Science Olympiad held in Azerbaijan in 2009, with 49 countries participating. The Kingdom had earlier participated in the Olympiad in 2004, 2005 and 2007.
Former Minister of Education Azzam Al-Dakhil, who has been appointed adviser at the Royal Court, expressed satisfaction over the Saudi students’ achievements.
“We are proud of the achievements of our sons and daughters in international forums and support them in scientific competitions,” Al-Dakhil said.
He added that the students’ achievements are the results of concerted efforts and fruitful cooperation between organizations such as the Ministry of Education and the King Abdulaziz Foundation & Companions for Giftedness and Creativity.
Al-Dakhil added that the government’s care for human mind and support for talent and creativity is the basis of the Kingdom’s development. “There’s no doubt that the achievements of the six students in the recently concluded Olympiad in South Korea serve to reinforce confidence among their Saudi counterparts in various fields of endeavor,” he said. He urged other Saudi students to also do their best in whatever fields they are interested in and the government would always support them.

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