Last week, Jazan was at its most beautiful, with Al-Ful city at its resplendent best to welcome the iThra Youth initiative launched by the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture: the cultural arm of Saudi Aramco. The five-day event started with the programs of iThra Lab from 22 to 26 February. In addition to that, the iThra Youth Gathering was held on Saturday, February 28, 2015. Visitors flocked from all across Jazan to attend the activities of this interactive program held concurrently with the Jazan Economic Forum.
The events were attended by Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources engineer Ali Al-Naimi, Saudi Aramco’s CEO and president Khalid Al-Faleh, and the undersecretary at Jazan governorate Dr. Abdullah Al-Suwaidi. Also attending were many of the region’s VIPs, social network stars, and youth; especially from the University of Jazan.
Al-Rashed Mall in Jazan witnessed a great number of the attendees from all age groups interacting with the iThra Lab program. The number of visitors who came to see shows in the field of STEM reached 14,587. Women, men and children took part in the science experiments in the fields of their choice, as the iThra Lab covered discoveries, solving math problems, and brainstorming in the different fields. The visitors demanded that the event should be held again in Jazan.
The long distances of many kilometers were no barrier to school visitations as schoolchildren from the southern border governorates, 95 km away from Jazan, headed for the event. The number of students who visited iThra Lab reached 500 while the number of primary and preparatory schools reached 35.
Meanwhile, the iThra Youth Gathering was held on Saturday, February 28, 2015. The audience got to meet new celebrities such as Yasser Bekr, Mohammed Ba-Zaid, and Abdul Majid Al-Kanani, with the participation of Dr. Abdullah Al-Maghlouth, Ali Shneymir and Hadi Faqihi. The audience interacted with the movies that were shown, including Sawah which is about the Jazan area and was first shown during the iThra competition for new media held last December. The number of volunteers, who had an important impact on both events, reached 63 men and women.
The King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture, through the iThra Youth initiative, holds many programs and activities that focus on the STEM and art fields in an engaging and fun environment. The initiative aims to reach two million youth by 2020.