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At 110, a Saudi woman returns to education

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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia – Fatima Al-Saud, a 110-year-old woman from Riyadh, has decided to resume her education after a long hiatus.

She enrolled in a literacy program offered by the Ministry of Education, and hopes to learn how to read and write Arabic.

Fatima was born in 1913, when Saudi Arabia was not yet a unified country. She grew up in a rural area, where girls had no access to formal education. She married at the age of 15, and had 12 children, 54 grandchildren, and 87 great-grandchildren. She spent most of her life taking care of her family and household.


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