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    ICESCO and Iran Explore Prospects for Enhanced Cooperation in Education, Science, and Youth Development

    19 May 2024

    Dr. Salim M. AlMalik, Director-General (DG) of the Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ICESCO), met with Mr. Reza Morad Sahraei, Minister of Education of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Chairman of the Iranian National Commission for ICESCO, to discuss ways to enhance cooperation between ICESCO and Iran in areas of common interest.

    At the outset of the meeting, held on May 18, 2024, at the headquarters of the Iranian Ministry of Education as part of his visit to Tehran, Dr. AlMalik outlined the main points of ICESCO’s vision and strategic directions, along with key initiatives, programs, and projects it implements within its areas of competence. He emphasized the Organization’s approach of engaging with relevant entities in the Member States to understand their orientations and needs, enabling the design of tailored programs and projects for each country.

    In turn, the Iranian Minister of Education praised ICESCO’s roles and the support the Organization provides to its Member States under its new vision, reaffirming the Islamic Republic of Iran’s commitment to strengthening cooperation with the Organization.

    The meeting was attended by several ministry officials, the Secretary-General of the Iranian National Commission, and the accompanying delegation of ICESCO’s DG. The Minister presented various initiative ideas for cooperation with the Organization, particularly in education, youth capacity building, and scientific research development. These ideas included an initiative to support talented individuals in science and mathematics from across the Islamic world and host them at a major forum in Iran. Additionally, he expressed Iran’s desire to host the upcoming ICESCO Executive Council meetings.

    The meeting also discussed cooperation in developing educational curricula, with the Iranian Minister of Education expressing his country’s willingness to host some of ICESCO’s conferences and seminars on this topic. The Minister also stressed that the rapid technological advancements necessitate updating educational curricula to keep pace with these developments.

    At the conclusion of the meeting, it was agreed to maintain ongoing coordination to develop implementation plans for future cooperation programs and to discuss the initiatives that Iran will propose to ICESCO for adoption after mutual agreement.

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