Arab League Educational cultural and Scientific Organization

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Presentation of ALECSO

About us

The Arab League Education, Culture and Science Organization (ALECSO) is a specialized institution headquartered in Tunis, functions in the framework of the Arab League of States, and is concerned with enhancing the fields of education, culture and science at regional and national levels, and coordinating between Arab states thereon. It was created by virtue of Article 3 of the Arab Cultural Unity Charter, and was officially declared in Cairo on 25 July 1970.

Why ALECSO?

The aim through creating the organization as stipulated in Article One of its constitution, is allowing for intellectual unity between the different parts of the Arab region via education, culture and sciences; and raising its cultural standards so that it be up to the duty of keeping up-to-date with the universal civilization and positively contributing in its make. In the framework of this general goal, ALECSO performs a number of tasks which mainly consist in seeking to enhance human resources in Arab countries; the conditions of developing education, culture, science, the environment, and communication in them; the Arabic language and Arab-islamic culture within the region and overseas; and laying bridges of dialogue and cooperation between this culture and other worldwide cultures.

A 22-member Family

ALECSO includes 22 member states structurally organized as follows:

  1. The Legislative branch: It is embodied in the General Assembly (that meets once every two years), the Executive Board (that holds three meetings at least in every fiscal year).
  2. The Executive Body: Is is made up of the General-Director (elected by the General Assembly for a four-year term renewable only once) and the Deputy-General-Director.
  3. The Technical and Administrative Body:
    • the General-Director Secretariat, the Executive Board's and the General Assembly's secretariat
    • the Education Directorate
    • the Culture Directorate
    • the Science and Research Directorate
    • the Information and Communication Directorate
    • the Management and Finance Directorate.
  4. Outpost Bodies:
    • Arab Research and Studies Institute (Cairo)
    • Arab Manuscripts Institute (Cairo)
    • Office of Arabization Coordination (Rabat)
    • Khartoum International Institute for Arabic (Khartoum)
    • Arab Center for Arabic Translation, Translation, Writing and Publishing (Damascus)

Member states are connected to ALECSO's General Directorate through National Committees for Education, Culture and Science and via permanent representatives before ALECSO in Tunis.

Planning Methods

ALECSO proceeds in light of mid-term strategies determining its orientations, programs, and priority activities.

ALECSO's Strategic Plan for the Future (2011-2016) includes the organization's priorities for the early 21st century the most important of which are eradicating illiteracy in the Arab countries, bridging the technical and digital divide between Arab states and advanced states, enhancing education systems by the use of modern didactic and learning techniques, coping with the negative effects of globalization, fostering dialogue between Arab culture and other cultures, developing the scientific research system, preserving, valorizing and using archaeological and historical heritage, disseminating Arab culture and publicizing it worldwide.

Starting from these priorities, pivotal themes in the strategy were recommended in each of ALECSO's sectors (Education, Culture, Science and research, Communication and information). ALECSO set up implementing projects within these themes in the way of achieving the strategy's goals.

 

For enhancing the quality of Education:

ALECSO's top priorities in the education field, besides facing the illiteracy issue in the Arab world and disseminating education at all stages and types, consist in assisting member-States in enhancing their educational systems' quality by entering the new concepts and subjects into their curricula, and by making use of information and communication techniques as well as of developed assessment grids.
In this respect, ALECSO proposes methodologies and reference books and methodological guides at the levels of curricula, methods and means.

Arab Watchdog for Education and Teaching:

It was set up in the framework of the Education Enhancement Strategy for the Arab world approved by the Damascus Arab Summit, March 2008. The following mission was assigned to it:

  • Observation and follow-up of the education situation in the Arab world;
  • Identifying success stories and curricula and spreading them;
  • Foreseeing change in the field of education and teaching;
  • Issuing a yearly overview report as to education in the Arab world;
  • Contributing in studies, guides and references elaboration;
  • Setting up a database on education and teaching's reality in the Arab world;
  • Analysis of the data and investing them in researches and studies;
  • Setting up an indicators' grid for Arab education.

Arab Program for Enhancing Education Quality:

In the framework of implementation of the Education Enhancement Strategy for the Arab world and the projects included for the advancement of Arab educational performance, decided by the Damascus Summit (March 2008), ALECSO organized in Doha (September 2010) a high-level conference to tackle the education quality issue and its challenges which came out with the "Doha Declaration for a Quality Education for All".
As a measure for the implementation of the conference Declaration, ALECSO elaborated with the World Bank the "Arab Program for Education Quality Enhancement" and determined the strategic goal of setting up the attributes and pillars of quality in all its educational and practical components by relying on methods and projects focusing on education's output quality in the light of society's requirements and the job market's needs.
The program is made up of five cohesive pillars each related to one of the educational process fields working in complementarity and interaction in view of achieving the program's set objectives. These components pivot over the following levels:

  • Darly childhood development;
  • Development of teaching methods and making good use of information and communication technology in learning;
  • Teachers' enhancement at the level of knowledge and career;
  • Assessment and research in the field of education quality;
  • Encouragement of learners' entrepreneurship and leadership skills.

Towards a new cultural discourse:

In the field of Culture, ALECSO strives to crystallize a new cultural discourse where the requirements of identity's rooting with those of keeping up with modernity's trends co-exist. In this framework, ALECSO is concerned with the preservation of Arab-Islamic heritage and putting it to good use through the efforts of the Arab Manuscripts Institute in Cairo, the conferences' proceedings ministers in charge of culture in the Arab world, the regular archaeological conference, international treaties and partnership and cooperation thereon. ALECSO is at the same time concerned with encouraging modern Arab creations and innovation in the different fields of thinking, literature and arts through showcasing them and organizing exhibitions and competitions. That is why ALECSO integrated the Heritage Conservation and Preservation Project into its core work with the aim of highlighting its interest in this cultural and civilizational heritage which Arab countries enjoy, in implementation of what was stipulated in its future work's strategy 2011-2016.

Water... the Environment... Energy: Absolute priorities:

ALECSO has chosen concentrating its activities on Arab countries' top priorities as to the science and scientific research sector, such as water, combating desertification and new and renewable energies; enhancing scientific research's role in Arab economies; communicating with and making good use of Arab emigrating brains; producing software applications for automatic processing of the Arabic language; and enriching college educational content in Arabic. Numerous plans, studies, strategies and training sessions, compact disks, books, reference guides, and atlases have been produced in this respect.

  1. Expertise House : The Arab League Education, Culture and Science Organization (ALECSO) serves as an expertise pool of the Arab World in all that relates to education, culture, science and communication, proposes -to that end- the framework of future's visions for developing these areas, elaborates necessary studies for that, and hands out advice and assistance to member states in order to achieve that development
  2. Information Center : ALECSO also functions as an Arab Information Center in the areas of education, culture, science and communication through the statistics and data it provides states and researches with through its Farabi Information Bank; and through its regular publications of statistical books, bibliographical guides, reports on the development of education, culture, science, information, and illiteracy eradication in member states.
  3. Strategic Visions : In the framework of one of its main tasks, namely Planning for promoting the sectors related to its mission, ALECSO set up a number of strategies and plans among which are the following:
    • Arab education enhancement strategy;
    • Strategy of Illiteracy eradication in the Arab world;
    • Comprehensive Plan for Arab Culture;
    • Strategy for Science and Technology Development in the Arab world;
    • Strategy for Documentation and Information in the Arab world;
    • Strategy for Bio-technology in the Arab world;
    • Plan setting up the Information Highway in the Arab world;
    • Arab Adult Education Plan;
    • Arab Pres-School Education Strategy;
    • Arab Biodiversity Strategy;
    • Strategy for Higher Education enhancement in the Arab world;
    • Strategy for disseminating the culture of science and technology in the Arab world;
    • Remote Teaching Strategy;
    • Arab Informatics Strategy.
  4. Arabic-Language Enhancement Project: The Arab League Education, Culture and Science Organization implemented the Arab Summit recommendations on Arabic promotion and set on writing books and toolkits relevant to the task, to contribute in supporting the Arabic language in the Arab world and granting it its deserved status. Therefore, the Organization has endorsed this national task -which would have a positive impact in the short run- as its own responsibility.
  5. Bridging the Digital Divide: The Organization endeavors, in the communication and information area, to contribute in bridging the digital gap between Arab countries and the advanced world. This is carried out through observation of this phenomenon, recommending adequate plans to cope with it, and supporting member-states in adopting the best policies in this field. ALECSO also strives to facilitate the use of communication and information technologies for didactic, cultural and scientific purposes in the Arab world, and to promote documentation and library services through training on modern systems in the field and affording practical references.
  6. Research and Foresight Core (Unit) :  The ALECSO serves, among its numerous tasks, as an advanced research and foresight center. This role is especially ensured by the Cairo Arab Research and Studies which conducts strategic and future studies over the most important issues at stake in the Arab world at political, economic and social levels. This activity is accompanied by the training and making of succeeding generations of researchers specialized in Arab world affairs. This prospective orientation has been realized through the setting up of a unit within ALECSO's organizational chart endowed with the mission of prospective studies related to the Arab world and its international environment.
  7. Common Policies:  ALECSO holds a number of regular ministerial conferences for the purpose of concertation between member states' policies and planning for common Arab action in the fields of education, culture and science. These regular conferences are:
    • Conference of the Ministers in charge of higher education and scientific research in the Arab world;
    • Conference of the Ministers in charge of Education in the Arab world;
    • Conference of the Ministers in charge of Cultural Affairs in the Arab world;

The Organisation also holds a number of other regular conferences among which are the following:

• The Heritage and Civilizational Patrimony conference;
• The Arab translation conference.

 

6. Research and Foresight Core (Unit)

 

The ALECSO serves, among its numerous tasks, as an advanced research and foresight center. This role is especially ensured by the Cairo Arab Research and Studies which conducts strategic and future studies over the most important issues at stake in the Arab world at political, economic and social levels. This activity is accompanied by the training and making of succeeding generations of researchers specialized in Arab world affairs.

This prospective orientation has been realized through the setting up of a unit within ALECSO's organizational chart endowed with the mission of prospective studies related to the Arab world and its international environment.

 

7. Common Policies:

ALECSO holds a number of regular ministerial conferences for the purpose of concertation between member states' policies and planning for common Arab action in the fields of education, culture and science. These regular conferences are:

  • Conference of the Ministers in charge of higher education and scientific research in the Arab world;
  • Conference of the Ministers in charge of Education in the Arab world;
  • Conference of the Ministers in charge of Cultural Affairs in the Arab world;

The Organisation also holds a number of other regular conferences among which are the following:

  • The Heritage and Civilizational Patrimony conference;
  • The Arab translation conference.

 

These conferences propose rapprochement, concertation and cooperation ways between member states as well as renovation and development forms in relevant areas.

 

8.Arabic-language Teaching for non-Arabic speakers:

 

ALECSO grants great importance to teaching Arabic to non Arabic-speakers. This was embodied in founding the Khartum International Institute for Arabic specialized in training Arabic teachers et contributing in training sessions it the Institute's headquarters and in African countries through hiring Arabic experts to carry out this mission.

ALECSO also published, for the purpose of disseminating Arabic to non-Arabic speakers, "The Elementary Book for Teaching Arabic to non-speakers" in three parts and indexes (Teacher's Guidebook, Help Language-Dictioinary, audio-tapes, CDs). This book has contributed in disseminating Arabic and has become a source in Arabic departments in foreign universities.

 

9.Encyclopaedic Additions:

In the framework of knowledge dissemination among publics, ALECSO embarked on encyclopaedia filing and has achieved the following works:

  • Encyclopaedia of Arab and Muslim Scholars and Writers (published in 50 volumes);
  • The Palestinian Encyclopaedia (in ten volumes);
  • The Arab Press Encyclopaedia (six volumes have been published);
  • Palestinian Cities' Encyclopaedia (in one volume);
  • Encyclopaedia of Fauna in the Arab countries (14 volumes).

 

10.Varied Series:

ALECSO published a number of series covering different areas relevant to its mission, among which:

  • Arab and Islamic Art Series (three volumes);
  • Arab Plastic Art Book Series (14 books were published as of 2012);
  • Palestinian Cities' Tales Series (21 books);
  • "Arab Book" Series published in the framework of the "Reading For All Arab Project" (ten books).

 

11.Resource Books:

 

In the framework of supporting school books writing and connecting some Arabic didactic contents, ALECSO published a set of books and resource guides such as:

 

  • Reference Book in an Arab World Without Borders (published consecutively in six books);
  • Reference Book in the Arab Nation's History (published in six volumes);
  • Highlights of the Arab-Islamic Civilization (in Arabic and German);
  • Reference Book of Mathematics for the Elementary Education Cycle in the Arab World (consecutively published in six volumes);
  • Reference Book in Interdisciplinary Sciences for Elementary Education in the Arab World (in Arabic and German);
  • Reference Book in Environmental Education for General Education in the Arab World;
  • Reference Book in Chemistry for Secondary Education in the Arab World (six volumes);
  • Reference Book in Arabic Language Rules for General Education in the Arab World;
  • Reference Books on Palestine and the Palestinian Issue (Elementary - Intermediate - Secondary).

 

12.Specialized Periodicals:

The Arab Education Journal (half-yearly) - The Arab Culture Journal (half-yearly) - The Arab Science and Information Journal (half-yearly) - The Mass Education Journal (half-yearly) - The Arab Publications Journal (annual) - ALECSO News (quarterly newsletter).

 

13.Periodicals published by outpost centers:

The Arab Research and Studies Journal (half-yearly) - The Arab Manuscripts' Institute Journal (half-yearly) - The Arabic Tongue Journal (annual) - The Arabic Translation Journal (half-yearly) - The Arab Linguistics Journal (half-yearly).

 

 

14.Active Participation in the Arab Translation Dynamics:

 

Arabic translation is granted prime importance in ALECSO's programs and activities. In this respect, it is making a serious contribution in the movement of translating scientific and technical concepts thanks to the efforts of the Rabat Arabic-translation Coordination Office which publishes a series of dictionaries encompassing unified Arabic concepts in the exact and human sciences as well as in a number of technological areas.

It published, as of 2012, more than 35 dictionaries in different areas of specialization.

These dictionaries include, by way of example, Linguistics, Theoretical and Nuclear Physics, Mathematics, Astronomy, Chemistry, Health Science, Anatomy, Music, Archaeology and History, Geography, Trade and Accountancy, Renewable Energy, Petroleum, the Environment, Mechanical Engineering, Education Techniques, Plastic Arts, Meteorology, Pharmacology, Informatics, Veterinary Medicine, etc.

 

Still in respect to Arabic translation, ALECSO grants special importance to higher education through the Damascus Arab Center for Arabic Translation, Writing and Publishing in charge of holding conferenceس on higher-education Arabic Translation on a regular basis, with the aim of following up Arab policies in this areas and supporting them. The Center also undergoes translating reference scientific and academic books into Arabic in the different scientific and technological disciplines, in order to provide Arab students and teachers with Arab(ic) reference documents.

 

15.Human Resources Vocational Training References:

In the framework of its priorities related to human resources enhancement in the Arab world, ALECSO undergoes vocational and training activities as follows:

  • Training Arabic teachers for non-Arabic speakers in the Khartum Arab Language Institute;
  • Training students in the Cairo Arabic Research and Studies;
  • Training Arabic teachers in Djibouti, Somalia and Comoros Islands;
  • Training operators and trainers in the fields relating to ALECSO's mission (adult literacy, manuscripts maintenance, archaeological conservation, libraries, documentation and information, remote sensing, renewable energies, water resources, scientific research, environmental protection...);
  • Designing material, guides and didactic and vocational toolkits in different fields (achievements in this respect include advanced didactic toolkits on renewable energies, solar cells and solar heaters, and training toolkits for the Arab universities' teaching staff;
  • ALECSO tackled remote training with the use of videoconference.

 

16- Open dialogue with cultures and civilizations:

ALECSO held a series of conferences aiming at setting up a tradition of dialogue between Arab and other cultures, out of a firm belief in the importance of dialogue between cultures and civilizations. Some of these conferences are:

  • Conference on the Dialogue between Arab and other cultures (Tunis, 1997);
  • Conference on the Dialogue between Arab and Chinese Cultures (Beijing, 1999);
  • Conference on the Dialogue between Arab and African Cultures (Cape Town, South Africa, 1999);
  • Conference on "Arab-Islamic Culture in the African Sahel region: Past, Present and Future (Bamako, Mali, June 2002);
  • Euro-Arab Conference on the Dialogue between Cultures (Paris, 2002);
  • Arab-Ibero-American Dialogue Conference (Tunis, 2002);
  • Arab-Russian Dialogue Conference (Hammamet, Tunisia, 2003);
  • Conference "Media Role in Cultural Communication between the Arab world and the West (Paris, 2004);
  • Arab-German Dialogue Conference (Berlin, 2005);
  • Arab-Latin Dialogue Conference (Palermo, 2006);
  • Second Arab-Russian Dialogue Conference (Kazan, 2006).

 

Paying importance to inter-cultural dialogue went on through agreements and encouragement of direct meetings and awarding prizes in translation and Arabic translation.

In this respect, one of the most important conferences held was a preparatory meeting on the alliance between civilizations in December 2012.

 

 

17- Multilateral Cooperation Prospects

Arab-international cooperation is part of a comprehensive and complementary strategy that guides ALECSO's activities in its regional and international environment. Such cooperation allows its active presence in the Arab and international fora related to its fields of specialization, and provides the opportunity of avoiding the duplication and useless repetition in the efforts dispensed by different actors in the Arab region for the achievement of the same goals, implementing the same activities and reaching the same beneficiaries.

 

ALECSO is tied, in the framework of this cooperation, through conventions and memoranda of understanding with a number of international and regional organizations and bodies some of which are: UNESCO, the Islamic States Education, Science and Culture Organization (ISESCO), the International Islamic Advocacy Association, Arab States Broadcasting Union (ASBU), the Arab Thought Foundation, Gulf States Arab Education Office, Institut du Monde Arabe (IMA: Arab World Institute)-Paris, Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (International French-speakers' organization), the Council of Europe, the Arab-French Chamber of Commerce, the Russian Science Academy's Eastern Studies Institute, the Ibero-American Education, Science and Culture Organization, the Latin Union, the Andalusian Heritage Foundation (Spain), Arab Writers' Union, Arab Women Organization, the (German) Konrad-Adenauer Stiftung (Foundation), the Teaching Advancement in Africa Association, the Arab Libraries and Information Union, the Arab Publishers' Union, the Arab Distributors' Union.

 

Advanced means of work:

Since early 2001, ALECSO has undertaken a qualitative transition as to modernizing its action means, keeping up with world developments in the field of information and communication, and seeking optimal efficiency in fulfilling its mission.

This modernity-driven policy includes an ALECSO's website in Arabic, French and English aiming at publicizing the organization, its programs and its activities, and allowing researchers' access to its databases, besides marketing its publications (books and periodicals) via its market gallery in the website.

 

ALECSO's address

Street of Mohamed Ali Akid, Centre Urbain Nord, BP 1120, Cité Khadra 1003, Republic of Tunisia


Tel: (+216) 70 013 900

Fax: (+216) 71 948 668

Website: www.alecso.org

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I- ALECSO's Outpost Centers

Arab Research and Studies Institute

Ittihad al-Muhameen al-Arab Street (ex-Talumbat street)

Garden City - Po Box 229 - Cairo -Egypt

Tel: (+202)27951648 / 27922679

Fax: (+202)27962543

 

Arab Manuscripts Institute

1, Chihab Street - Po Box 87 - Al-Muhandiseen - Doqqi - Gizah - Egypt

Tel: (+202)37616402 / 3 / 5

Fax: (+202)37616401

  

Arabization Coordination Office

82, Oued Zeez impasse Street - Po Box 290 - Rabat-Agdal - Morocco.

Tel: (+212)0537772422

Fax: (+212)0537680874

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Website: www.arabization.org.ma

 

Khartum International Institute for Arabic

Po Box26 - East Dayyum - Khartum - Sudan

Tel: 00249155299255

Fax: 00249155299155

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Website: www.alecsolugha.org

  

Arab Center for Arabic Translation, Translation, Writing and Publishing

Po Box 3752 - Damascus - Syria

Tel: (+963)113334876 - Fax: (+963)113330998

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