Al Tharwa Al Naema: Towards women’s leadership development
7th March 2022
Women in education in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) face challenges. A recent unique study by Dr Rania Sawalhi, Mr Ghaith Hawari, Dr Maen Altengi identified their needs. A competency framework was developed in order to develop their knowledge, skills, and dispositions.
The findings of the study are shared here and you can download an infographic of the results.
About the study
In 2017, 400 females participated in a study to identify the needs of female students. Using a design-thinking approach, the team developed a training programme based on the findings from the 2017 study. 250 females participated in the programme in 3 cities in KSA during 2019.
The most important competencies
Communication was the most important competency based on the respondents’ perspectives, as many respondents were not able to communicate with their families nor with their instructors in the university.
The most essential challenge they faced was critical thinking due to the limited opportunities available.
- Critical thinking
- Career readiness
- Social & religious responsibility
- Personal responsibility
The project changed my life, I could identify my values, my responsibilities, and my future path, and I was trained on how to manage my resources!
The programme has already had significant impact
Recommendations from the study helped Saudi organisations to develop their activities such as providing internship programmes and social incubation centres.
This study also guided other studies targeting the exploration of the needs of girls and women in Arab countries.
Many organisations in KSA are contacting the team to utilise the recommendations from the study and the training programme.
The team also developed another version of the training programme which was implemented in many Arab countries under the name (Talenter)
If you want to print this content, we've created it as a PDF infographic you can freely download and share.
This course really focuses on our needs. The training delivered by a creative instructor, using integrated and motivational training tools. It changed my views to life, and I am starting to achieve my future vision!