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    ICESCO Educational Center in Chad to Hold Virtual Training on Authoring Arabic Textbook

    The Regional Educational Center in Chad will organize on November 25 through December 3, 2020, the “Virtual Training Session on the Authoring of Arabic Language Textbooks,” at its headquarters in N’djamena. The training will benefit the staff working in the field of the Arabic language.

    Chad, Tunisia, and the Islamic Development Group (IsDB) co-implemented the “Expertise Sharing” that the training is part of. The session is one of a series of training programs and educational services that ICESCO offers through its regional center in N’djamena. The goal is to assist Chad in building and promoting the country’s capacities in the preparation of Arabic language curricula and textbooks.

    The session aims to introduce participants to the scientific, methodological, educational, cultural, and psychological principles of developing the curricula of teaching Arabic to non-Arabic speakers. The training also covers the specifications of textbooks intended for non-Arabic speakers and the attributes of educational texts and their selection criteria.

    The participants will also learn the methods of designing teaching materials, developing and scheduling training programs, typesetting and composing textbooks, and acquainting trainees, through hands-on activities, with the procedures and methodologies of textbook authoring.

    The session will benefit 20 educational staff of the Arabic language from universities, higher educational institutes or secondary education institutions, and several teachers and national experts working at ICESCO Regional Educational Center in Chad.

    Dr. Ali Mohammad Qamar, Director of ICESCO Regional Educational Center in Chad, will ensure the effective organization of the session while Dr. Noura Yousfi, a Tunisian educational expert, will supervise the training of the participants.  

    ICESCO Proposes Initiative to Cooperate with the Gulf Countries in Transferring their Educational Expertise to Countries in Need

    Dr. Salim M. AlMalik, Director-General (DG) of the Islamic World Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (ICESCO), confirmed the existence of a great opportunity to achieve a qualitative leap in educational performance. He added that educational systems can also adapt to future expectations amid the Covid-19 crisis that disrupted the educational process.

    The DG called for developing smart, innovative, and flexible scenarios and alternatives to deal with crises and meet the 2021 educational expectations.

    Dr. AlMalik made the statement on November 15, as part of his address at the 26th General Conference of Ministers of Education in ABEGS’ Member States. Representatives of international educational organizations participated in the videoconference to discuss the future of educational systems in the coming years amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Dr. AlMalik called on ABEGS and specialized international organizations to cooperate with ICESCO in evaluating technical educational platforms and distance education programs during the pandemic. The goal is to distinguish between the platforms, solve the difficulties, and benefit from successful experiences in the field.

    The DG praised the world-level responses of ABEGS’ Member States during the COVID-19 pandemic. He also submitted an initiative to the Arab Gulf States to adopt the transfer of their experiences and successful applications to several ICESCO’s Member States with weak educational systems. The state of the systems was due to the countries’ fragile infrastructure and the limited economic resources, he continued.

    Dr. AlMalik added that the countries were headed to a dangerous turn in their educational systems, unable to overcome the unfortunate situation, and in dire need of help to limit the effects of the pandemic.

    If the Gulf States were to accept the initiative, ICESCO would be ready to cooperate in the implementation, starting with detailed reports on the affected countries and their urgent needs in educational and technical assistance. Dr. AlMalik concluded his speech by renewing his thanks and appreciation to the Conference Ministers, and to ABEGS, represented by Dr. Ali Al-Qarni, for the efforts made to cope with the educational developments.

    ICESCO Calls for Keeping Pace with Digital Transformation to Ensure Quality Education

    The Director-General (DG) of the Islamic World Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (ICESCO), Dr. Salim M. AlMalik, called for catalyzing innovation and creativity and making use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) applications in the educational process toward achieving SDG Goal 4 (ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all). He emphasized that ICESCO will support innovation and reform-driven education systems based on AI and quality.

    The statement came in the DG’s address at the international web forum on the theme “Education Quality: a Lifelong Foresight Value.” UNESCO Regional Center for Quality and Excellence in Education (RCQE) held the event on Thursday, November 12, in cooperation with ICESCO, to mark the World Quality Day 2020. The forum brought together representatives of international specialized organizations, several experts, researchers, and decision-makers in education, academics, and teachers.

    Dr. AlMalik underscored that the quality requirement is a global trend that sets the groundwork for sustainable development and encourages education institutions and authorities to increase their productivity. The requirement is more important as the COVID-19 pandemic increased dropout rates due to school closures and forced educational systems in the Member States to develop innovative working mechanisms, the DG continued. He added that quality achievement constitutes a major challenge under the fourth industrial revolution while pointing out that quality education leads to more stability, development, and change in societies.

    ICESCO DG highlighted that AI applications will pave the way for transformation in schools and universities through a comprehensive development in all aspects of professional and scientific life. He also added that it will digitalize curricula and alleviate burdens on teachers thanks to virtual education programs. He called on the Islamic world’s organizations to be the first to take initiatives and keep pace with the large-scale digital transformation, meet the requirements of the fourth industrial revolution, and accelerate the race toward building the school of the future.

    ICESCO Calls for Bridging Gap Between Youth and Technology

    The Islamic World Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (ICESCO) attended the National Forum on “Artificial Intelligence and Education: Foresight and Pioneering Applications.” The Omani National Commission for Education, Culture, and Science held the videoconference yesterday, October 26. The Forum featured representatives of specialized regional and international organizations and several researchers and experts in education and Artificial Intelligence (AI).

    Dr. Kais Hammami, Director of the Center of Strategic Foresight, represented ICESCO and delivered a presentation on “Opening opportunities for the youth toward integration in AI fields.” Dr. Hammami stressed the need for training the youth to be at the cutting-edge of technology and conduct foresight studies. The goal is to build scenarios for AI’s future to generate enormous opportunities for sustainable development in the Islamic world.

    ICESCO’s representative also underscored the role of education in the creation of promising opportunities for youth in the Islamic world to open up to knowledge and develop their creative skills. He noted the importance of rethinking the current teaching methods and take advantage of the revolutionary AI technology and its incumbency on governments and international organizations. The purpose is to focus on developing strategic action and entrenching a proactive and foresight culture.

    Dr. Hammami reviewed ICESCO’s achievements in the field of AI, one of its priority actions under its new vision. He referred to the Organization’s publications namely the research study on the “AI Applications Use to Contain COVID-19 Pandemic” and “the Challenges to the Establishment of Legal Frameworks for the Protection of Personal Data in AI Use.” Dr. Hammami pointed out that ICESCO is preparing a unified dictionary of AI terms that will serve as a reference for Member States.

    UNESCO GEM 2020: ICESCO Calls for Rethinking Education Systems

    The Director-General (DG) of the Islamic World Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (ICESCO), Dr. Salim M. AlMalik, called for rethinking the existing education systems. He also called for developing an emergency plan to face the impact of COVID-19 on education and future crises as the world experienced an unprecedented situation that revealed the weakness of its education systems.

    The statement came at the DG’s address at the high-level segment of the Global Education Meeting 2020 (GEM 2020) on Education post-COVID-19. UNESCO held on Thursday the videoconference to bring together several renowned world figures, heads of government, educational experts, and interested individuals in humanitarian work.

    In his address, Dr. AlMalik reaffirmed that ICESCO’s priorities include meeting the basic needs of countries. The DG listed financing education and using Information and communications technology and Artificial Intelligence to connect citizens with knowledge. He also highlighted improved health services, namely those of psychological health issues, food, hygiene, sanitation services, and the reintegration of and non-discrimination against the neediest persons.

    The DG underlined that the Organization boosted its humanitarian and social aid through the establishment of the “Comprehensive Humanitarian Coalition.” ICESCO will soon launch a guidebook on psychological health and psycho-social guidelines for families, communities, and active educational stakeholders continued Dr. AlMalik. He then pointed out that ICESCO will proclaim 2021 a “Year of Women” and invited all international organizations to join this initiative.
    “A bird can’t fly on one wing. If girls, women, boys, men, the disadvantaged, and minorities receive the same right to education, our global societies will achieve peaceful economic progress…let us fly together for one world and one humanity!” concluded Dr. AlMalik.

    Agreement to Finance Programs of ICESCO Arabic Language in Chad

    The Chadian Ministry of Economy, Planning, Development, and International Cooperation and the Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa (BADEA) signed on October 19, an agreement to support Arabic language teaching institutions in Chad. The support includes the Islamic World Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization’s (ICESCO) Regional Educational Center in N’djamena.

    Dr. Issa Doubragne, Minister of Economy, Planning, Development, and International Cooperation of Chad, and Dr. Sidi Ould Tah, BADEA Director-General (DG), signed the agreement.

    The development bank will support a set of ICESCO’s programs. The Organization’s Center for Arabic for non-Arabic Speakers developed the programs to cover training sessions for teachers. The center also developed Arabic courses for administrative leadership in Chad and students of French-speaking schools.

    The financing opportunity will help ICESCO’s center in Chad to double its efforts in teaching Arabic to non-Arabic speakers and support the country’s bilingualism strategy for its educational system.

    In the wake of the signing of the agreement, BADEA’s DG toured ICESCO’s Center in Chad. Having met the members of the Center’s administration, teachers, and students, the DG was briefed on the missions and services of the Center to the learners of Arabic to non-Arabic speakers and the training of teachers of Arabic.

    BADEA’s DG lauded ICESCO’s efforts and outstanding work in the fields of education, science, and culture, and the establishment of its regional center in N’djamena, one of the major Arabic language teachings in the Republic of Chad.

    Participants in ICESCO Webinar Call on International Community to Guarantee the Right to Education for All

    During their participation at ICESCO’s International Webinar on “Education and the ‘Societies We Want’ Initiative,” a number of high-level international figures, ministers, and prominent experts in the field of education called on the international community to guarantee the right to inclusive and equitable education for all.

    The participants also called for providing vulnerable countries with the technological devices necessary for the continuity of distance schooling, amid the COVID-19 pandemic. They stressed that education is the only way to build strong nations and attain a better future for humanity.

    Mr. Luis Inácio Lula da Silva, former President of Brazil, was the guest of honor at ICESCO’s Webinar. The event was in cooperation with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHR), the Brazilian Campaign for the Right to Education, and Instituto Lula. The Webinar discussed the “necessary roles of education for achieving the features of the Societies We Want.”

    Dr. Salim M. AlMalik, ICESCO’s Director-General (DG), chaired the opening session, during which Mr. Da Silva talked about the Brazilian experience in developing education. He underlined that the poor are not the problem but rather an integral part of the solution if countries equip them with good education and utilize their competences.

    “Education is the foundation for building nations,” the former Brazilian president stated.

    The DG stressed the need to rethink the education systems and adopt new creative teaching methods. He added that the aim is to build the education of the future, which will follow diverse patterns. ICESCO adopts the subject as an organization interested in foresight to help its Member States build their respective education systems, he noted.

    The Webinar also witness the participation of Mr. Kailash Satyarthi, Winner of the Nobel Prize in Peace in 2014. Mr. Satyarthi stated that vulnerable groups should benefit from the global budgets to mitigate the impact of the pandemic. He also called for increasing this budget, estimated at 8 trillion dollars; and increasing the sum allocated for poor countries by 20%.

    Ms. Alice Albright, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Global Partnership for Education, noted that the “societies we want” cannot be built without guaranteeing quality education for every child. The CEO added that building healthy societies also entails ensuring gender equality in education. She argued that an educated girl is more likely to save her families from poverty, protect her children, and send them to school.

    Dr. Koumbou Boly Barry, Director of ICESCO’s Education Sector, chaired the Webinar’s first session to address “Policies and Mechanisms for Ensuring Equitable and Inclusive Quality Education for All.”

    Several Member States’ Education Ministers gave statements during this session. Mr. Shafqat Mahmood, Minister of Federal Education and Professional Training in Pakistan, stressed the need to reconsider programs and reform school syllabi and curricula to keep up with graduates’ competences and job market requirements.

    Mr. Fernando Haddad, Former Brazilian Minister of Education, stated that ensuring quality education requires three conditions:

    • Motivating teachers, appreciating their work, and providing them with continuous training;
    • Ensuring sustainable funding for a sustainable implementation of educational policies;
    • Ensuring quality education through permanent evaluation.

    Dr. Hatem Ben Salem, former education Minister of Tunisia, noted that the international community should be committed to education in a way that allows for developing a roadmap and a clear vision for future education and innovative approaches.

    Ms. Aïcha Bah Diallo, former education Minister of Guinea, stated that education is the backbone of sustainable education. It is of paramount importance to ensure its quality to achieve development, she added noting that women’s education promotes countries’ economies, encourages further tolerance, and preserves social cohesion.

    Ms. Claudiana Ayo Cole, Minister of Primary and Secondary Education in Gambia, said that quality education is a tool for changing the lives of individuals. Education ensures stability and guarantees the full enjoyment of human rights as a basis for achieving sustainable development.

    Ms. Ramata Almamy Mbaye, Director of Human and Social Sciences Sector at ICESCO, moderated the second session. Experts and practitioners in the field shared thoughts on the topic.

    Dr. Daniel Cara, professor at São Paulo University and Board Member of the Brazilian Campaign for the Right to Education, touched upon the relationship between education and the economy. He stressed that the economy should serve people through investing correctly in education.

    Ms. Delia Mamon, chairwoman of “Graines de Paix“, (Seeds of Peace) an association based in Switzerland, affirmed that to build a better world, we should think on a larger scale. She suggested to focus on creative solutions and motivate children to think by themselves.

    Professor Ki-Seok “Korbil” Kim, Chairman of Educators Without Borders (EWB), South Korea, maintained the necessity to change human behavior to prevent diseases. Education is incredibly important to stop discrimination and illegal practices, he added.

    “We want to make our societies developed, healthy, resilient and sustainable because societies cannot move forward without the participation of all,” commented Ms. Mbaye underlining that “Covid-19 vaccines should be made available for all without discrimination.”

    Dr. AlMalik stressed, in his closing remarks, the need for combating gender discrimination and called for mobilizing financial resources to develop educational systems through innovative methodologies that suit future requirements.

    Lula Da Silva at ICESCO’s Symposium: Education basis of nation-building, the poor part of the solution to countries’ problems

    AlMalik: The COVID-19 pandemic requires reconsidering educational systems and adopting new creative methods


    His Excellency Lula Da Silva, former president of Brazil, stressed the need to prioritize education to ensure a prosperous future and a decent life. “Not only politicians have the responsibility to change the world for the better, society also has its own share,” he stated.

    “Education is a prerequisite for nation-building and change. We should ensure education for poor children. The poor are not the problem. They are rather part of the solution to countries’ problems through proper orientation,” he added.

    The statement was an excerpt from Da Silva’s address at the opening session of the International Virtual Symposium. The Islamic World Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (ICESCO) organized yesterday the event under the theme “Education and ‘the Societies We Want’ Initiative.” The symposium brought together many education ministers of ICESCO’s Member States and high-level international figures and specialists.

    Dr. Salim M. AlMalik, ICESCO Director-General (DG), chaired the opening session. He affirmed that “the Organization launched ‘the Societies We Want’ Initiative during the lockdown period to build healthy, peaceful, prosperous, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable societies.”

    “Education is the solution to eliminate gender discrimination and poverty, reduce mortality, eradicate diseases, and promote peace,” he added.

    Dr. AlMalik also stated that the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in the biggest disorder of education systems throughout history, pointing out that the closure of educational institutions influenced nearly 1.6 billion learners in 190 countries worldwide and almost 99% in low and middle-income countries.

    “Efforts should be joined to overcome the repercussions of the pandemic, reconsider the educational systems, and adopt innovative educational methods to build the education we want in the future. As a foresight organization, ICESCO adopts this issue and will assist the Member States to build their educational systems,” he stressed.

    ICESCO’s DG also warned that the “learning poverty” indicator in low and middle-income countries indicates that 53% of 10-year-old children are unable to read or understand a simple story. He continued that girls and women are still underrepresented in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

    The situation is significant despite the efforts exerted to provide education and reduce dropout rates.

    “Many countries, particularly in Africa, still face difficulties with access to the internet. Thus, support should be directed to poor countries and vulnerable societies through an educational system that keeps up with changes,” he stressed.

    In his address, Mr. Kailash Satyarthi, Nobel Peace Prize laureate in 2014, stated that education is a right for all, and no child should be deprived of this right. He called for joint action to develop a real program to ensure the right of education for all, build partnerships for social protection worldwide, and benefit the marginalized groups from the budgets allocated to counter the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Mr. Satyarthi underscored the necessity to call on the international community to increase the budget allocated to counter the COVID-19 pandemic internationally, amounting to 8 trillion dollars, raise the proportion devoted to poor countries from 0.3% to 20%, and provide free vaccines of COVID-19 for all.

    Ms. Alice Albright, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Global Partnership for Education, said that the societies we want cannot be built without ensuring quality education for children. The CEO stressed that education is not only for the future of children, it also constitutes a key means for achieving prosperity and spreading peace worldwide.

    “Educated girls are best able to lift their families from poverty, immunize their children and enroll them in schools,” she added.

    ICESCO Webinar: Use of information technology and AI key to improving education quality

    Participants in the educational webinar held by the Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ICESCO), under the theme “Technology in Service of the Continuity of the Educational Process” called for joint actions among the ICESCO Member States to develop inclusive institutionalization of distance learning in regulatory and legislative frameworks. They also called for promoting research works and studies in the field of educational technology, establishing educational institutions on the gains of the technological revolution and prospects of the knowledge-based economy, and supporting the transition to becoming digital institutions.

    The webinar discussed the current situation on the use of technology and its prospects in education during and after the pandemic. It saw the participation of the respective Ministers of Education of Palestine and Côte d’Ivoire, ICESCO Director General, 20 educational professionals, university professors, and other experts in the field of education science and educational technology concerned with the continuity of the educational process during and after the pandemic in the ICESCO Member States.

    In his address at the webinar’s opening session, Dr. Marwan Awartani, Minister of Education of the State of Palestine, addressed the experiment of the development of the educational system in the State of Palestine, discussing the obstacles and challenges that faced the educational officials to ensure the continuity of the educational process during this pandemic. For her part, Dr. Kandia Camara, Minister of National Education, Technical Education and Vocational Training of Côte d’Ivoire, stated that despite the negative impact of the pandemic, it had been a good opportunity to support educational systems to address crises, disasters and states of emergency.

    Moreover, Dr. Salim M. AlMalik, ICESCO Director General, stated in his address that school curricula need urgent development through the use of information and communication technology in service of the continuity of the educational process. He also stressed the need to look for effective tools to link education with artificial intelligence, which advanced tremendously in term of its techniques, underscoring that technological advancement will be a major step towards developing education and will lead the way to improve the quality of education in a way that achieves Sustainable Development Goal 4, “Ensure inclusive and equitable quality.”
    The webinar’s first session discussed the theme “E-learning: opportunities and challenges during and after COVID-19”. Speakers during this session included Dr. Majed Abdullah Alosaimi, General Director of Manarat Al-Fikr International Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, who talked about the topic “COVID-19 crisis and the school of the future: from theory to practice”; and Dr. Assaad Mahmoud El Sahmarani, Professor at Al-Imam Al-Ouzai University, Expert in education from the Republic of Lebanon, who addressed the issue of “E-learning and how to make it attractive to students.”

    Moreover, Dr. Boutaina El Ghalbzouri, Professor at the Faculty of Letters and Humanities in Kingdom of Morocco, discussed the advantages of distance e-learning in university in comparison to conventional education. For his part, Dr. Rachid Albakali, Professor of curricula and teaching in the Kingdom of Morocco, talked about some of the Arab world’s leading experiences in e-learning, which has become in need of institutionalization in all its aspects through re-drafting a new curriculum and training teachers. At the same time, Dr. Radouane Rhenimi, Professor at Ibn Zohr University, Kingdom of Morocco, reaffirmed the need to work on achieving meaningful distance education capable of scoring positive outcomes.

    The second session discussed the theme, “Post-COVID-19 world: fast transition to the digital school”, during which Dr. Khalid Samadi, Ex-Secretary of State in Charge of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Kingdom of Morocco, called for looking at the current global situation as an opportunity to foresee the future rather than a crisis and reflect on the major changes witnessed by the educational systems. In the same vein, Dr. Abdellatif Kidai, Dean of the Faculty of Education Sciences, Rabat, Kingdom of Morocco, stated that the University of the Future contributes to building a knowledge-based economy because it nurtures innovation in a way that helps to integrate into the AI society.

    Furthermore, Dr. Ahmed Ouzzi, Professor of Psychology at Mohammed V University, stated that educational systems need a comprehensive upgrade that is mindful of the changes and challenges of the future. Discussing the same theme, Dr. Abdelrhani Moundib, Professor at Mohammed V University, Rabat, Kingdom of Morocco, maintained that we need major changes but be aware of the implications revamping the educational system; while Dr. Mohammed Derrij, Professor of education science at Mohammed V University, Rabat, Kingdom of Morocco, presented the rotation model as an offshoot from the idea of distance attendance that combines virtual education and face-to-face learning in classes.
    The webinar concluded with several recommendations, including intensifying meetings, coordinating with the competent parties in the ICESCO Member States, and taking advantage of societies’ timely awareness due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Also, preparing integrated rehabilitation programmes for educational professionals to achieve concrete change in teaching methods and tools and building new models and processes for school assessment.
    The webinar saw wide views through its live broadcasting on ICESCO’s Facebook page. The full webinar is available on the following link: https://www.facebook.com/ICESCO.Ar/videos/1630702797104720/

    Details of the Final Declaration of the Extraordinary Virtual Conference of Education Ministers in the Islamic World

    The Extraordinary Virtual Conference of Education Ministers of ICESCO Member States, held under the theme “Education Systems in the Face of Crises and Emergencies (Covid-19)”, closed its proceedings today with a unified declaration.  Participants from 43 countries reiterated their commitment to work until their countries attain SDG 4 by 2030 which aims to “ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all”.

    In the declaration read out by Dr. Salim M. AlMalik, ICESCO Director-General, at the closing session of the Conference, the ministers of education in the Islamic world and heads of participating regional and international organizations extended their thanks and appreciation to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, for the initiative to hold and preside the Conference and provide the necessary technical support. They also thanked ICESCO and its Director-General for convening the Conference during these difficult circumstances due to the outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic, which resulted in the closure of public educational facilities.

    The conference participants also reiterated their support to the vision of ICESCO, which is based on the assurance of the right to education as a fundamental human right and the preservation of human dignity, social justice, and equality between learners. In the same vein, the participants lauded the efforts exerted by the Member States to ensure the sustainability of education amid Covid-19 pandemic. They also called on ICESCO to prepare a comprehensive study on the mechanisms and measures implemented by the Member States to curb the fallout of the pandemic on the education sector and the future prevention mechanisms for crises and emergencies.

    The declaration underlined Member States’ commitment to employ their expertise, financial, and human means to support each other and intensify consultation, coordination, and communication to allow every child to enjoy the right to education in the Islamic world, particularly during crises and emergencies.

    Moreover, the participants hailed the new guidebook prepared by ICESCO to regulate the procedures and measures to be followed to ensure a safe school return in case this pandemic goes on or a new wave of the virus should emerge as the regular school reopens. They also welcomed the report on the role of artificial intelligence (AI) and its applications in developing education systems and entrenching the values of quality, equity, equality, and inclusion in situations of emergencies and crises. Along this line, they affirmed their commitment to harnessing necessary financial and technical means to reap its maximum benefit from the advantages provided by these smart applications in education.

    The participants expressed their willingness to provide access to educational resources and open-source data to all learners’ categories.  They would further adapt national legislation toward the establishment of public digital education facilities and incorporation of virtual education in the legal systems in the Islamic world to complement to in-classroom education systems.

    Afterward, the participants have undertaken prompt measures and launch successful practical initiatives to address the high school dropout in the Islamic world, which exacerbated due to Covid-19 pandemic outbreak, compromising education quality and principles of equity, inclusiveness, and equality. Likewise, they reaffirmed the need to keep up with advances in education systems and their technical and human needs and work toward capacity-building through developing training policies and rehabilitation programmes, preparing guidebooks, and organizing training sessions for all the elements of the education family.

    The declaration also reiterated its call to the Member States for more commitment to prepare strategies, action plans, and budgets related to education following approaches based on gender equality.  It strongly rejects all forms of discrimination against women and provides equal education opportunities to all categories without exception and standardize mathematics and sciences in Islamic world countries. The participants then entrusted ICESCO to give proposals on those mentioned above, in cooperation with specialized international organizations, to be submitted to the competent authorities in the Member States before their adoption at the upcoming session of the Conference of Education Ministers.

    Next, the participants reaffirmed their support to the “Comprehensive Humanitarian Coalition” launched by ICESCO to curb the repercussions of Covid-19 on the Member States.  They urged countries, governmental and non-governmental organizations, donors, and the private sector to ensure the success of the Coalition by supporting its activities and initiatives. They also stressed their commitment to ensure the sustainability of the resources of the Organization by paying their contributions to its budget regularly and strive to provide off-budget resources.  It would allow ICESCO to fully discharge its roles assigned to it under its founding Charter, and the resolutions and decisions of the General Conference, Executive Council and specialized ministerial conferences.
    At the close of the Conference, Dr. AlMalik delivered an address wherein he thanked the Ministers and the participants and reiterated the Organization’s commitment to invest more efforts to sustain the right to education.