This web page is an article from Aftonbladet, a Swedish newspaper, that reports on the controversy surrounding the involvement of Kunskapsskolan, a Swedish private school company, and Saab, a Swedish defense and security company, in a school project in Saudi Arabia. The article talks about:
Saab’s loan: Saab has lent 75 million kronor to Kedtech Holding, a joint venture between Saab and Kunskapsskolan, that runs the Nün Academy, a gender-segregated school in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Saab claims that the loan is supposed to be repaid, while Kunskapsskolan suggests that it could be converted into an equity contribution in the future.
Kunskapsskolan’s investment: Kunskapsskolan has invested five million kronor of Swedish school money in a education project that was adapted to Saudi conditions and transferred to Kedtech. This contradicts the statement of Peje Emilsson, the owner of Kunskapsskolan, that no Swedish school money has gone into the Middle East project.
Saab’s motive: Saab and Kunskapsskolan have signed a secret agreement to launch school projects in the Middle East as part of Saab’s strategy to sell weapons to dictatorships such as Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. The Nün Academy, which has about 1,000 students and teaches the Quran as a compulsory subject, is one of the outcomes of this agreement.