ICESCO and National Commission of Niger Launch Project to Support Women and Youth, in Partnership with Alwaleed Philanthropies
28 November 2020
The Islamic World Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (ICESCO) and the National Commission for Education, Science, and Culture of Niger launched the “Project on countering the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic by supporting innovation and the development of entrepreneurship among women and youth” in Niger. The project is part of the support that Alwaleed Philanthropies provided to implement a joint initiative with ICESCO to help 10 African countries confront the negative repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The ceremony, which took place yesterday, November 27, 2020, in Niamey, was organized under the patronage of His Excellency the President of Niger, Mohamedou Issoufou. The event saw the participation of Mrs. Brigi Assalo, wife of the Prime Minister of Niger, on behalf of Dr. Lalla Issoufou Maleika, the First Lady of Niger; Dr. Salim M. Al-Malik, Director-General (DG) of ICESCO; and Minister of Primary Education, Literacy, Promotion of National Languages and Civic Education, President of the Nigerien National Commission, Dr. Daouda Mamadou Marthé, and several Niger government ministers, representatives of the United Nations, civil society organizations, and NGOs.
During her address at the ceremony, which the wife of the Prime Minister of Niger delivered on her behalf, Dr. Maleika praised ICESCO’s new vision, which prioritizes Africa. She also praised the initiatives the Organization launched and implemented to support the efforts of Member States in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic. The initiatives included the “comprehensive humanitarian alliance” that multiple countries, institutions, international bodies, and donors joined and supported. The goal was to strengthen humanitarian and social aid and implement tangible projects and programs in several countries that the pandemic affected.
Dr. AlMalik reaffirmed, during his address, that ICESCO will continue to work with African countries to advance education, science, and culture. The effort is part of ICESCO’s reengineered vision to become a reference point for civilizational outreach, leading the Organization’s Member States towards a better era based on Artificial Intelligence and technologies.
The DG expressed his gratitude to ICESCO’s permanent partner, Alwaleed Philanthropies, chaired by HRH Prince Alwaleed bin Talal AlSaud, for the Foundation’s generous support to the ICESCO’s humanitarian and social initiatives to help 10 African countries, including Niger.
At the end of the ceremony, Dr. AlMalik and Dr. Marthé signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on the implementation phases of the project. The goal is to develop a sense of innovation and entrepreneurship among women and youth in Niger and support the private sector, entrepreneurs, and small enterprises.
For four decades, Alwaleed Philanthropies has supported and spent more than 4 billion dollars on social welfare and initiated more than 1000 projects in over +189 countries, managed by 10 Saudi female members, reaching more than 1 billion beneficiaries around the world, regardless of gender, race, or religion. Alwaleed Philanthropies collaborates with a range of philanthropic, governmental, and educational organizations to combat poverty, empower women and youth, develop communities, provide disaster relief, and create cultural understanding through education. It seeks to build bridges for a more compassionate, tolerant, and accepting world.
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