Arab League Educational cultural and Scientific Organization

ALECSO Director-General presents the draft paper of the Arab Cultural Summit to Ambassadors of Arab States and heads of Arab organizations in Tunisia

At the invitation of H.E. Dr. Saud Hilal Al-Harbi, Director-General of ALECSO, a meeting was held on October 2, 2018 at ALECSO Headquarters, bringing together the Ambassadors of Arab States accredited to Tunisia, the Heads of the Tunis-based Arab organizations, and the Head of the Arab League Center in Tunis.
This meeting was an opportunity to exchange views on the draft paper developed by ALECSO on “Arab cultural security: a civilizational and humanitarian demand”, as part of preparations for the Arab Cultural Summit, decided by the Arab Summits and confirmed by the 29th ordinary Arab Summit held in Saudi Arabia in March 2018 .
At the beginning of the meeting, Dr. Al-Harbi presented the broad lines of the paper, focusing on its underlying vision, general objectives, and the means of achieving them. He stressed that Arab cultural security is the gateway to achieving social security.
Dr. Al-Harbi highlighted, on this occasion, the importance ALECSO attaches to cooperation with Arab Ambassadors, and its endeavor to keep them regularly informed about ALECSO's activities and to draw upon their views, visions and experience. He added that their ideas and proposals will be included in the paper before submitting it to the 21st Conference of Arab Culture Ministers, scheduled for October 14-15, 2018 in Cairo, Egypt.
Following the Director-General’s extensive overview, a fruitful discussion was held during which a number of ambassadors and heads of organizations put forward important proposals and ideas to enrich the content of the paper.
In the end, the Director-General thanked all Ambassadors and heads of organizations for attending the meeting and contributing valuable ideas and proposals, and for their insistence on the regular holding of such meetings which enhance joint Arab action.

ALECSO participates in the meeting of the Standing Expert Group on Media Role in Combating Terrorism

Under the patronage of Mrs. Jumana Ghneimat, Jordanian Minister of State for Media Affairs, the General Secretariat of the League of Arab States (Media and Communication Sector - Technical Department of the Council of Arab Information Ministers) organizes, in cooperation and coordination with the Arab Commission for Satellite Broadcasting, the 6th Panel Discussion and the 20th Meeting of the Standing Expert Group on Media Role in Combating Terrorism. This event takes place in Amman, Jordan, on October 1-3, 2018, with the participation of representatives of Arab Ministries of Information and the Interior, and representatives of specialized Arab organizations.
The meeting addresses important items, including, in particular, the implementation of the resolutions of the Council of Arab Information Ministers related to terrorism; the ways and means to enhance cooperation and joint efforts among Arab States to combat and eradicate terrorism, the follow-up of the recommendations of the 19th Meeting of the Group; and the operationalization of the joint Arab media strategy to combat terrorism.
During this event, ALECSO presents its main scientific contributions in connection with the fight against extremism and terrorism, as well as its vision for developing and operationalizing the Arab media strategy to combat terrorism.

Governor of Riyadh Province receives Director-General of ALECSO

HRH Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz, Governor of Riyadh Province, received, on September 27, 2018 in his office at Al-Hakam Palace, HE Dr. Saud Hilal Al-Harbi, Director-General of ALECSO, and HE Dr. Sulaiman Bin Abdullah Aba Al-Khail, Rector of Al-Imam Mohammad Bin Saud Islamic University, along with a number of prominent figures participating in the 13th Arabization Conference, organized by ALECSO jointly with Al-Imam Mohammad Bin Saud Islamic University in Riyadh, KSA, on September 25-27, 2018.
HRH Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz welcomed them all and wished all success to the 13th Arabization Conference. He was briefed on the progress and goals of the Conference, and received the Conference documents and a number memorial shields.

ALECSO Director-General pays working visit to Naif Arab University for Security Sciences

H.E. Dr. Saud Hilal Al-Harbi, Director-General of ALECSO, paid, on September 27, 2018, a working visit to Naif Arab University for Security Sciences, at the invitation of its President Dr. Abdul Majid bin Abdullah Al-Bunyan.
During this visit, Dr. Al-Harbi was briefed on the Naif University’s mission and activities, and discussed with Dr. Al-Bunyan the prospects of cooperation between ALECSO and Naif University.
At the end of the visit, Dr. Al-Bunyan offered the “Naif University Shield” to Dr. Al-Harbi.

ALECSO Director-General opens 13th Arabization Conference

In the presence of H.E. Rector of Al-Imam Mohammad Bin Saud Islamic University, Dr. Sulaiman Bin Abdullah Aba Al-Khail, and the Dean of King Abdullah Institute for Arabization and Translation, H.E. Director-General of ALECSO, Dr. Saud Hilal Al-Harbi, opened, on September 25, 2018 at the headquarters of Al-Imam University in Riyadh, the 13th Arabization Conference. This event is organized by ALECSO in cooperation with “Al-Imam Mohammad Bin Saud Islamic University” and “King Abdullah Institute for Arabization and Translation” affiliated to it, under the title : "Arabization and the Localization of Science and Technology." The opening session was attended by an elite of prominent linguists, thinkers, academics, and members of Arabic language academies.
Dr. Al-Harbi emphasized, in his statement, the need to rethink the ways to enrich the Arabic language with modern terminology related to sciences and arts, and to develop new approaches for the teaching of languages in a world that witnesses increasing language rivalries that require enriching the Arabic language and modernizing its teaching methods. This is, he added, confirmed by the general philosophy underlying the ALECSO-sponsored project to promote the Arabic language towards the knowledge society. He also emphasized the role of the Arabic language in preserving the Arab identity and in promoting communication and interaction among the Arab people, Arabic being the reflection of the Arab personality and its cultural identity, and the pathway towards the knowledge society and toward economic, social and cultural development.
Dr. Al-Harbi stressed ALECSO’s deep awareness of the importance of translation and Arabization. The Rabat-based Arabization Coordination Bureau and the Damascus-based Arab Center for Arabization, Translation, Authorship and Publication, both affiliated to ALECSO, are undertaking the translation and Arabization of valuable books and encyclopedias in various fields of science and knowledge. ALECSO’s relevant plan of action involves, in this regard, the development of linguistic research, the promotion of Arabic language toward the assimilation of modern sciences, as well as the enhancement of the teaching/learning of Arabic, being the symbol of the Nation's identity and culture.

ALECSO participates in the First Inter-regional Smart Agriculture Forum in Khartoum

Dr. Ali Abdullah Al-Naim, Director of the ALECSO-affiliated Khartoum International Institute for the Arabic Language, attended, on September 24, 2018, the opening of the "First Inter-regional Smart Agriculture Forum " organized by the Arab Organization for Agricultural Development (AOAD) and the Arab Information and Communication Technologies Organization (AICTO), in partnership with the Sudanese Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and the Ministry of Information and Communications.
The opening session was chaired by HE Dr. Faisal Hassan Ibrahim, Assistant of the President of the Republic, and Dr. Kamal Hassan Ali, Assistant Secretary-General of the League of Arab States, along with representatives of the Arab and foreign diplomatic corps and organizations in the Republic of Sudan.
The program of the three-day forum involves scientific sessions, training workshops, and field visits to pilot farm fields using modern smart technologies and the Internet of Things.

ALECSO contragulates Saudi Arabia on National Day

On the occasion of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's National Day, the Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (ALECSO) extends its warmest congratulations to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, wishing him continued health and happiness, and wishing the Kingdom and its people, under His Majesty’s wise leadership, sustained security and stability, and further progress and prosperity.

Scientific Committee of the Arab Mathematics Olympiad holds its first technical meeting

H.E. Dr. Saud Hilal Al-Harbi, Director-General of ALECSO, chaired, on September 20, 2018, the first technical meeting of the Scientific Committee of the Arab Mathematics Olympiad (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, November 25-29, 2018). On this occasion, Dr. Al-Harbi was briefed on the preparations undertaken by ALECSO (Department of Education) for the organization of this event, in coordination with the Saudi Arabia National Commission for Education, Culture and Science.
The Director-General recommended that all means be provided and all procedures be facilitated to ensure the success of the first edition of the Arab Mathematics Olympiad. He underscored the importance of this educational event, designed to contribute to the development of Arab educational systems in general, and the promotion of the teaching/learning of mathematics in particular.


ALECSO concludes its first training session for 2018-2019

The two-day high-level training course organized by ALECSO for its staff and experts was concluded on September 19, 2018 at the Organization’s headquarters in Tunis. This session was held as part of ALECSO’s annual training program designed to build and develop the capacities of its human resources.
The training session, launched under the chairmanship of H.E. Dr. Saud Hilal Al-Harbi, Director-General of ALECSO, involved 20 staff members and experts, and focused on report-writing. The session included a theoretical part in which emphasis was laid on the main types, aims and stages of report-writing, the precise definition of the relevant terminology, as well as the main difficulties faced during the report-writing process, and the ways to address them. The session also included a practical part which involved the examination and evaluation of a number of sample reports with reference to the report-writing standards identified in the theoretical part. Participants were also tasked with the preparation of reports and their evaluation individually and collectively, in order to consolidate the acquired knowledge and skills, and develop perceptions and attitudes towards the report-writing task that is of particular importance in the work of the Organization.
In his statement at the closing of the session, Dr. Al-Harbi said that this course is the first of a series of high-level courses that will be organized by ALECSO for its staff and experts in technical departments and external centers, in order to develop their skills and capacities. He expressed his thanks to all participants and to Dr. Rabia Gouider who provided the training. He also commended the sense of teamwork that prevailed in the training session.