Kick off! Saudi Arabia to allow girls to exercise at private schools
Girls in Saudi Arabia play football. Image via Al Arabiya
Private girl schools must set aside special areas and institute a strict dress code for all its exercise classes, the Ministry of Education stated in a circular issued to all schools.
“Private girl schools should set up appropriate places for this purpose and the fitness activities should match each age group. The students should wear proper clothes covering them and observe a decent dress code,” Education Minister Prince Faisal bin Abdullah said in the circular.
Spokesman of the ministry Muhammad Al-Dakhini said the circular stated that qualified Saudi teachers should preferably supervise the health and fitness activities and teachers should be given intense training if needed.
Al-Dakhini said fitness activities for girls are allowed based on Islamic teachings. The spokesman said the ministry issued the circular after noticing some private schools providing classes for girls without any measures to protect the interests of the students and public health.
This is the latest in a series of moves taken by Saudi Arabia affording more rights to women.