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ALECSO NEWS offers special coverage of Director-General’s visit to the State of Palestine

 The latest issue of “ALECSO NEWS” is now available. It offers special coverage of the visit paid by H.E. Dr. Abdullah Hamad Muhareb, ALECSO Director-General, to the State of Palestine in February 2017. During this visit, Dr. Muhareb laid a wreath at the tomb of martyr Yasser Arafat. He was received by President Mahmoud Abbas Abu Mazen at the Palestinian presidential headquarters in Ramallah. He also visited a number of governmental institutions, and met with senior Palestinian figures.

The latest issue of ALECSO NEWS also covers the main activities implemented by the Organization during the first quarter of 2017. These activities reflect ALECSO’s endeavor to reinforce its presence at the national, regional and international levels, and to establish channels of communication and cooperation with other regional and international organizations and institutions working within the same fields of interest, so as to achieve common goals in vital and strategic sectors, particularly in education.

In this context, ALECSO seeks to make sure education ranks as a priority in Arab countries, which will provide Arab youth with the needed knowledge and skills that facilitate their access to the job market, and enable them to fully undertake their role in the social, economic and political life of their respective countries.

The new issue also covers ALECSO’s activities in education, culture, sciences and ICT. Promoting these fields can only serve sustainable and comprehensive development in the Arab World.

Nouakchott Declaration on Technical and Vocational Education in the Arab World

At the closing of the First Conference of Ministers and Officials in charge of Technical and Professional Education in the Arab World, hosted by the Islamic Republic of Mauritania on March 25-26, 2017 under the high patronage of H.E. President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, the Ministers, the heads of delegation of participating Arab States, and the representatives of participating regional and international organizations, are pleased to express to the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, and to its brotherly people and wise Government, their deepest thanks and gratitude for having hosted this important Arab conference.
This conference, which coincides with the expiry of Mauritania’s term as Chair of the Arab Summit, is an opportunity to express our commitment to the principles and directives stated below, and our determination to implement them through a number of policies, measures and executive plans; and we call on all Arab States to be involved with us in this endeavor.
1 – Technical and vocational education is a necessary tool for achieving sustainable and comprehensive development.
2 – Advanced, high-quality technical and vocational education reduces Arab States’ reliance on migrant workers, and limits Arab brain drain.
3 – Technical and vocational education is one of the main types of education, guaranteeing skill and knowledge development and supplying the job market with high-quality professionals.
4 – The technical and vocational education to which we aspire is that which concentrates on skill development, promotes creativity and innovation, builds human capacities, and involves citizens in building and developing Arab societies.
5 – Promoting technical and vocational education in relation to comprehensive development constitutes a national project in which all stakeholders should be involved, a project that requires an active contribution on the part of the public and private sectors as well as civil society in terms of policy formulation, funding and governance.
6 – Promoting technical and vocational education, being one of the priorities and vital fields of joint Arab action, requires an adequate level of integration and coordination among Arab States.
7 – The Arab Conference of Ministers and Officials in charge of Technical and Professional Education is an important tool of inter-Arab coordination. Serving Arab common interests necessitates that this conference be held on a regular basis.
In the end, we stress our determination to pursue coordination and consultation so as to promote Arab technical and vocational education, strengthen its place in Arab societies, and ensure its contribution to the achievement of development goals in the Arab World.
Arab Ministers and Officials in charge of Technical and Professional Education
Nouakchott – March 26, 2017

ALECSO Statement on the Anniversary of the League of Arab States

On March 22nd of each year, the Arab League celebrates its anniversary, cherishing the hope that it will fully implement the mission and goals for which it was established.
The Arab League’s action, in fact, covers various fields, including education, culture, sciences, economy, and all that can serve comprehensive and sustainable development for all Arab countries, and ensure a better future for all Arab peoples. The Arab League also assumes a political role, endeavoring to boost and develop joint Arab action, to strengthen ties among its Member States, and to help them overcome any obstacles they may encounter, especially amidst the difficult circumstances the Arab World is currently going through. Such circumstances make it necessary to further enhance inter-Arab solidarity, coordination, integration, and awareness of the true problems of the Nation, so as to be able to surmount them.
While sharing in the celebration of this anniversary along with other joint Arab action institutions, ALECSO is keen on pursuing its mission in all its areas of action in such a way as to support the Arab League in its endeavor to promote the Arab identity and instill its foundations in younger generations, as well as to defend and protect the Arab Nation’s heritage from destruction and pillaging. ALECSO is also determined to back up the Arab League’s efforts in support of the Palestinian people for the liberation of their land and the establishment of their State, with al-Quds al-Sharif as its capital.

ALECSO Statement on Arab Library Day

On March 10th of each year, ALECSO and its Member States celebrate the “Arab Library Day”, an opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of books and libraries in preserving memory and cultural identity.
ALECSO seizes this opportunity to highlight its scientific and cultural outputs that have enriched Arab and world libraries. These include the “Reference Book on Mathematics for Basic Education Level in the Arab World”, the “Reference Book on the Geography of One Arab Nation Without Borders”, and the Reference Book on the History of the Arab Nation”.

ALECSO is also working on the “Encyclopedia of Great Arab and Muslim Scholars and Writers”. This project was launched in execution of an Executive Council resolution aimed at endowing the Arab Nation with an encyclopedia that preserves its heritage, establishes linkages between its past, present and future, and highlights the intellectual achievements of its great scholars and writers throughout the ages, and their rich and valuable contributions to Arab and universal culture.

The entries of the Encyclopedia are classified according to the Arab alphabetical order by name or descent. Twenty-four parts have so far been published, covering 4120 scholars and writers from all over the Arab World.
The Encyclopedia has a scientific body composed of twenty scientific figures working under the supervision of ALECSO General-Directorate. This body is in charge of following up the progress of work, smoothing out organizational problems, discussing the lists of entries, providing recommendations to develop the quality of work, and suggesting writing rules and techniques.
This project is designed to serve a number of goals, particularly :
- Develop an awareness of belonging to the Arab identity, as well as build confidence in the Arab Nation’s capacities and in the contribution of its great figures to the realm of knowledge.
- Make known great Arab scholars, highlight their accomplishments, and correct any deliberate misrepresentations with regard to them.
- Provide Arab youth with a valuable reference that facilitates their research and their access to a synthetic work about great Arab scholars, with documented sources for each entry.
- Meet one of the provisions of ALECSO’s Constitution related to the “publication of basic references”, including comprehensive works about distinguished Arab scholars and their efforts to build and enrich the Arab culture across generations and countries.

Being in tune with its time, ALECSO is keen on using modern technologies as part of an ambitious program to digitalize all its publications, books, encyclopedias and archives, and to make them all available to researchers.
It is worth recalling, on this occasion, the adoption of the Arab Decade for Literacy (2015-2024) which aims at eradicating illiteracy in all its forms (alphabetical, digital and cultural) in the Arab World. This program proceeds from a deep understanding of the current social, political, cultural and economic challenges, especially the challenges related to identity and language, and to the building of the unified Arab entity.
ALECSO warns that if educational conditions do not change, the illiteracy rate in the Arab world will not significantly fall down, especially that the number of Arab illiterate people is expected to reach 49 millions.
ALECSO seizes the occasion of the celebration of Arab Library Day to exhort civil society, the media, and all components of Arab societies to step up efforts for the promotion of reading and for the development and modernization of school, university and public libraries, which will help to boost human development, fight terrorism and violent extremism, and promote the well-being, progress, growth and stability of Arab peoples.

ALECSO Director-General condemns the destruction of the Tetrapylon monument in Palmyra

ALECSO condemned the destruction, by Daesh, of the Tetrapylon monument in Palmyra, and the severe damage caused to the Roman Theater.
On his part, ALECSO Director-General, Dr. Abdullah Hamad Muharib, strongly condemned this criminal act perpetrated by criminal extremist groups against cultural assets and civilizational treasures. He considered that this heinous act against a civilizational monument represents a war crime and an assault on the Syrian memory and on the material and immaterial cultural heritage of Mankind. He exhorted the international community and the Security Council to prevent the further perpetration of such crimes which defy the will of the world as a whole, undermine the sources and foundations of universal memory, and cause severe damage to the Syrian people’s traditions, history and treasures.

ALECSO statement condemning attempts by the Israeli Occupation Government to impose the Israeli official vacation schedule on Palestinian schools

In flagrant violation of the natural right of Palestinian students in East Al-Quds to receive education according to the curriculum of their own choosing, and contrary to the international conventions that prohibit the occupying state from interfering with or changing education curricula, the Israeli government persists in transgressing the rights of the Palestinian people in the city of Al-Quds, in an attempt to impose a new reality and a new way of Judaization on the schools of this city. The government has, in fact, imposed the Israeli vacation schedule on schools in East Al-Quds, which will have negative consequences on the secondary general examinations in these schools.

It is to be recalled that since the occupation of this city in 1967 and till the present day, there have been several attempts to Judaize, by various means, the education curricula of the Palestinian schools in East Al-Quds, with the aim of obliterating the Arab identity in this city. These attempts were strongly countered by Palestinian students and parents, and by the Palestinian people in general.

Faced with this grave situation, we at ALECSO :
- Squarely reject the Israeli occupation government’s attempts to impose the Israeli vacation schedule on schools in occupied East Al-Quds;
- Demand that the Israeli occupation government comply with the international conventions, treaties and charters that prohibit the occupying state from Judaizing education curricula in a way that imposes the Israeli views and ideas on the Palestinian people;
- Urge the international community, and particularly UNESCO, to assume its role in this regard, and to reject any form of interference with the rights and future of students in East Al-Quds;
- Support the Palestinian people in their struggle to recover their full, undiminished rights, and continue to defend their interest and rights.

Prize-giving ceremony of M-developer project

The closing ceremony of ALECSO’s M-developer project was held on December 29, 2016 at ALECSO headquarters in Tunis, in the presence of H.E. Tunisian Minister of Communication Technology and Digital Economy, H.E. Tunisian Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, as well as rectors, deans and directors of Tunisian higher education institutions, university teachers and educators, along with nearly 300 students involved in the project. Students who successfully completed all stages of training were given Certificates of Completion, and valuable prizes were awarded to the best six mobile applications.
As part of the M-developer project which was launched late February 2016, 500 young ICT students or graduates from Tunisian higher education institutions received training in mobile applications development. Classroom and distance training was offered using the most recent learning techniques, in addition to the supervision and follow-up of trainees in the execution of mobile applications projects. Twenty trainers from Tunisian universities, who themselves had received training as part of this project, offered coaching and supervision to the trainees where were divided into 20 groups in 17 higher education institutions throughout 12 Tunisian governorates.
ALECSO looks forward to seeing this pilot project extended to all Member States, in cooperation and partnership with the relevant national institutions.