ICESCO and Saudi Ministry of Education agree to strengthen cooperation
9 November 2023
Dr. Salim M. AlMalik, Director General of the Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ICESCO), and Mr. Yousef bin Abdullah Al-Benyan, Minister of Education of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, held a meeting to discuss ways of strengthening cooperation between ICESCO and the Ministry in order to contribute to the development of education systems in the countries of the Islamic world.
During the meeting, held on Wednesday 8 November 2023 in the French capital Paris, on the occasion of the participation of both officials in the 42nd session of UNESCO’s General Conference, Dr. AlMalik reviewed the main thrusts of ICESCO’s vision and strategic orientations, its efforts in activities, programs and initiatives to improve the educational process, strengthen open education and blended learning, as well as to ensure quality, equitable and inclusive education for all, empower women and girls and hone their skills.
The meeting also touched on mechanisms for developing the partnership between ICESCO and the Ministry, as well as cooperation to build the capacities and skills of young people in the Islamic world, drawing on the successful experiences of qualified Saudi human resources. In addition, they agreed to cooperate in supporting ICESCO’s fields of action, and to recruit Saudi executives who contribute to the enrichment of knowledge and the sharing of experience and expertise in the fields of education and teaching.
The Director General and the Saudi Minister of Education also discussed the hosting by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia of the next edition of the Conference of Ministers of Education in the Islamic World, and underlined their willingness to pursue joint action and partnership in the coming period to implement a set of joint programs and projects, and to coordinate efforts aimed at developing education policies and systems in the countries of the Islamic world, notably by encouraging them to integrate new technologies and to use open educational resources in teaching activities.
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