Saudi Prince, Mohammed bin Salman has introduced his new vision ‘Vision 2030’ regarding the education sector. Under Vision 2030, Hindu epics Ramayana and Mahabharata are being taught to students.
The news came after a tweet by Nouf Almarwaai, who is Padma Shri Awardee for being the first certified yoga instructor in Saudi Arabia, went viral on social media. The tweet included the screenshots of her son’s social studies exam that had questions about Hinduism, Buddhism, and Hindu epics Ramayana and Mahabharata.
The viral tweet read, “Saudi Arabia’s new #vision 2030 and curriculum will help to create a coexistent moderate and tolerant generation. A screenshot of my son’s school exam today in Social Studies included concepts and history of Hinduism, Buddhism, Ramayana, Karma, and Mahabharata Dharma. I enjoyed helping him study.”
According to Vision 2030, the history and culture of other countries are being studied to provide students with more knowledge of the history, culture, and literature of other countries. Other significant elements of Indian cultures such as Yoga and Ayurveda apart from the Hindu epics are also included in the curriculum. The English language has also been made mandatory for students.
The Saudi Vision Of 2030 has various aspects. It's main objective is to create an educational system that can overcome the hardships between the government and various businesses. Through this curriculum under Vision 2030, Saudi Arabia seeks to create an environment for investment in terms of the global economy.
Vision 2030 by Saudi Prince aims at reducing the economic dependence on oil revenue. The Saudi government has taken several major steps to restructure its economy.