Arab League Educational cultural and Scientific Organization

ALECSO Director-General meets with Comorian Ambassador to France

H.E. Mr. Mohamed Soulaimana, Ambassador of the Union of Comoros to France, received, on September 10, 2018 in his office, H.E. Dr. Saud Hilal Al-Harbi, Director-General of ALECSO.
The meeting focused on the efforts exerted to meet the urgent needs of educational, cultural and scientific institutions in Comoros, as part of the promotion of quality, equitable, inclusive and lifelong education in this country.
Dr. Al-Harbi briefed the Comorian Ambassador on the visit he had paid, on August 13-16, 2018, to Comoros where he had acquired first-hand knowledge of the needs in the educational sector, and on the efforts and contacts he is currently making with institutions and finance houses to meet some urgent needs expressed by the Comorian Government, regarding in particular the restoration of an Arabic language center, a library and a reading hall, teacher training, and curriculum development.

ALECSO Director-General meets with international expert Dr. Mounir Bouchenaki

H.E. Dr. Saud Hilal Al-Harbi, Director-General of ALECSO, met on September 10, 2018 at UNESCO headquarters with Dr. Mounir Bouchenaki, international expert in cultural heritage.
Dr. Bouchenaki briefed the Director-General on a planned mission to the State of Palestine, scheduled to start early November 2018, to carry out a survey of the archeological sites in the Arab city of Jericho, as part of the preparation of its nomination file for inscription on UNESCO World Heritage List.
It is worth recalling that Dr. Bouchenaki cooperated with ALECSO on various occasions, took part in several Conferences of Arab Culture Ministers, and offered outstanding contributions in this field. He expressed, during this meeting, his readiness to pursue cooperation with ALECSO.

ALECSO Director-General meets with Permanent Delegate of the Comoros to UNESCO

H.E. Dr. Saud Hilal Al-Harbi, Director-General of ALECSO, met on September 10, 2018 with Ambassador Ali Amir, Permanent Delegate of the Union of the Comoros to UNESCO.
The meeting focused on ALECSO’s executive plan for Arabic language promotion in the Comoros. This plan was developed following the Director-General’s visit to the Comorian capital, Moroni, on August 13-16, 2018, during which he acquired first-hand knowledge of the urgent needs in the education and culture sectors. This visit helped to determine what ALECSO could offer in response to the needs expressed by the Comorian Government, especially as regards Arabic language teaching, teacher training, and the establishment of an equipped Arabic language center and library.

ALECSO Director-General meets with UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information

H.E. Dr. Saud Hilal Al-Harbi, Director-General of ALECSO, met on September 10, 2018 at UNESCO headquarters in Paris, with Dr. Moez Chakchouk, UNESCO's Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information.
The meeting was an opportunity to explore the ways and means to further enhance the fruitful cooperation and partnership between the two organizations in various areas.
Dr. Chakchouk put forward, during this meeting, a number of ideas that could open up new avenues for future partnership and cooperation, in addition to taking advantage of the translation of some of UNESCO’s publications related to ALECSO's fields of action.
Dr. Chakchouk is expected to pay a visit to ALECSO headquarters in the close future to further discuss ways to strengthen cooperation between both organizations.

ALECSO Director-General participates in UNESCO’s International Meeting on the “Revive the Spirit of Mosul" Initiative

At the invitation of Mrs. Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO, Dr. Saud Hilal Al-Harbi, Director-General of ALECSO, took part, on September 10, 2018, in the first International Meeting on the “Revive the Spirit of Mosul" Initiative.
This initiative was launched by the Director-General of UNESCO, with the support of the Iraqi Prime Minister.
The conference aims to unite all the actors of the international community and make solid commitments for the reconstruction and recovery of Mosul, a city devastated by terrorism which has displaced its people and paralyzed its economic, social and cultural development.
This meeting comes as a follow up to the International Conference on the Reconstruction of Iraq, held in Kuwait in February 2018, which focused on the importance of the human dimension in the process of sustainable recovery and reconstruction of Iraq.
ALECSO will have a significant role to play in this initiative, especially through training specialists in the restoration and inscription of archaeological sites. This will help revive cultural life in a city rich in cultural heritage and museums, which is a common heritage of all humankind.

ALECSO Statement on International Literacy Day

On September 8th of each year, the world celebrates International Literacy Day. As a global partner in combating illiteracy and curbing its impact on individuals and communities, ALECSO celebrates this event and reminds the international community that promoting literacy is of crucial importance for individuals, and that more efforts should be invested to ensure secure, stable and productive communities. This can be achieved only by providing those communities with literacy and numeracy skills, and with access to technology and to the digital world.
Most statistics, including those published by the ALECSO Observatory, reveal that there are millions of illiterate people in the Arab World. This is an indication that progress in this area has been slow, and that the results achieved are not up to the efforts invested.
Today, the world is presented with a new opportunity that really needs to be seized, so that it will not be just another missed opportunity. It is the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, particular SDG 4, Target 4.6 of which aims at ensuring, by 2030, that all youth and a substantial proportion of adults, both men and women, achieve literacy and numeracy. This requires informed harmonization between national achievements and the relevant international legal and legislative standards. It also involves adopting an Arab reference framework that meets the requirements of the digital age and the communication revolution, and bridges the legislative and regulatory gap, in order to address the problem of millions of young people at school age who are deprived of education.
This framework will then serve to develop new educational policies that take into consideration the needs of illiterate adults, through diversifying contents and developing adequate training programs. This is, in fact, what ALECSO is currently working on, in coordination with Arab States and its partners, including international and regional organizations and institutions working toward ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and promoting lifelong learning opportunities for all.
These requirements can be met by ensuring quality, comprehensive, and inclusive education for both women and men, and providing all children with basic life skills, while taking into consideration the needs of the labor market. This is a prerequisite to meeting the challenge of eliminating illiteracy, combating multidimensional poverty and bringing down its rate, improving quality of life, and ensuring a secure and stable Arab society, capable of keeping pace with the movement of progress and evolution in the world.
ALECSO, which has strived, since its inception in 1970, to combat illiteracy through its plans and programs, seizes this opportunity to highlight the strategic role it undertakes, in all its fields of competence, to address the major challenges confronting the Arab World, and to establish effective solutions and plans that help to cope with these challenges and overcome their adverse effects. It notes that its initiative for the education of Arab children in conflict areas and under occupation, launched in 2017 with the aim of protecting millions of children from falling into the clutches of illiteracy, reflects its commitment to work jointly with Member States and in coordination with its partners to find adequate solutions and approaches to effectively address the problem of illiteracy.

ALECSO celebrates International Literacy Day

As part of the celebration of International Literacy Day on September 8, 2018, ALECSO holds, in partnership with the Tunisian Ministry of Social Affairs and Ministry of Education, an event entitled : “The Literacy Challenge : A Societal Responsibility”.
This event, scheduled for September 13, 2018 at ALECSO headquarters, will focus on the efforts currently invested in the field of literacy, and the ways and means to meet the literacy challenge which stands as an obstacle to socio-economic development in the Arab countries. It will also emphasize the importance of engagement and cooperation at all national and regional levels to develop efficient policies and approaches for the elimination of illiteracy in the Arab World.


ALECSO Director-General attends preparatory meeting for the Second Media Conference on Joint Arab Action Institutions

H.E. Dr. Saud Hilal Al-Harbi, Director-General of ALECSO, attended, on September 6, 2018, a meeting held in the office of H.E. Dr. Kamal Hassan Ali, Head of the Economic Affairs Sector at the General-Secretariat of the League of Arab States.
The meeting, attended by directors of specialized Arab organizations, addressed preparations for the second Media Conference to highlight the main programs and achievements of joint Arab action institutions in 2018. This conference will be held in Tunisia in February 2019, under the patronage of H.E. the Secretary-General of the League of Arab States.

The Economic and Social Council concludes its 102nd session

The Economic and Social Council of the League of Arab States holds its 102nd ordinary session at the ministerial level on September 6, 2018, with the participation of H.E. Dr. Saud Hilal Al-Harbi, Director-General of ALECSO.
The ministerial meeting will consider, and issue decisions on, the recommendations submitted to it, which were prepared at the level of committees and senior officials, including the approval of the organizations' budget for the financial year 2019-2020.
The Council concludes its 102nd session on this same day.