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    ICESCO Director-General receives the Ambassador of the Russian Federation in Rabat

    Dr. Salim M. AlMalik, Director-General of the Islamic World Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (ICESCO), received Ambassador Vladimir Viktorovich Baibakov, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to the Kingdom of Morocco, to discuss cooperation between ICESCO and the Russian Federation in areas of common interest.

    During the meeting, which took place on Friday, April 5, 2024, at ICESCO’s headquarters in Rabat, in the presence of Dr. Abdelilah Benarfa, ICESCO Deputy Director-General, and several sector heads and center directors within the Organization, Dr. AlMalik outlined the key pillars of ICESCO’s new vision. He emphasized that the Organization has adopted a development and modernization approach to keep pace with the rapid global changes in all fields, anticipate future trends, proactively address its challenges, and meet the aspirations of the Member States and Muslim communities worldwide in education, science, and culture.

    Moreover, he pointed out that ICESCO is an open Organization with strong partnerships with many international organizations, built on practical programs and projects that deliver tangible impact and measurable results. He reaffirmed ICESCO’s commitment to strengthen cooperation with the Russian Federation, an observer Member of the Organization in the fields of education, science, and culture.

    Ambassador Baibakov commended ICESCO for providing support for its Member States in its areas of competence, confirming Russia’s willingness to enhance cooperation with the Organization as part of its broader policy to deepen its historical ties with Islamic and African countries.

    The Russian Ambassador extended an invitation to Dr. AlMalik to attend the Conference of the Strategic Vision Group “Russia and the Islamic World,” scheduled for 16-17 May in Kazan. Dr. AlMalik accepted the invitation and agreed to deliver a speech on behalf of the Organization at the Conference.

    The meeting also touched on areas of cooperation between ICESCO and the Russian Federation, focusing on civilizational dialogue and teaching the Arabic language, which resulted in the establishment of the ICESCO Chair for the Arabic Language in the service of dialogue and coexistence, hosted by the Russian Islamic University, affiliated with the Central Spiritual Administration of the Muslims of Russia in the Republic of Bashkortostan.

    Following the meeting, Dr. AlMalik accompanied Ambassador Baibakov on a tour of the International Exhibition and Museum of the Prophet’s Seerah and Islamic Civilization, currently housed at ICESCO’s headquarters, as part of the strategic partnership between the Organization, Muslim World League, and the Mohammedia League of Scholars.

    On World Health Day, ICESCO calls for investing in the capacities of youth and women in developing healthcare systems

    On the 7th of April of each year, World Health Day is celebrated to raise awareness about various health issues and mobilize efforts to improve healthcare. This year’s theme “My Health, My Right” highlights that access to comprehensive and equitable healthcare is a fundamental right for all.

    The Islamic World Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (ICESCO) sees that celebrating World Health Day is an opportunity to highlight the steps taken in the health field at both regional and international levels, to build a better future for future generations. The Organization calls for the need to utilize the capacities of youth and women in developing and consolidating comprehensive healthcare systems.

    On this occasion, ICESCO reaffirms its commitment to contributing to the development of healthcare infrastructure, enhancing scientific research in the field, and finding innovative solutions to address urgent health challenges in Islamic countries. This is to contribute to disease prevention and achieve health equity through initiatives, programs, and projects that employ the latest science and technology.

    In this context, ICESCO is actively pursuing the establishment of strategic partnerships to contribute to enhancing healthcare systems in its Member States. The Organization recently signed an agreement with the World Health Organization on March 26, 2024, to collaborate in areas such as strengthening healthcare systems, building the capacity of healthcare professionals, promoting the adoption of digital technologies, and facilitating the exchange of experiences and knowledge. These efforts aim to support Islamic countries in their preparedness and resilience against natural disasters and other threats to public health. Moreover, ICESCO launched several programs aimed at improving water resource management, including the ICESCO program to improve the quality of water and sanitation services in rural schools in several countries of the Islamic world.

    ICESCO reiterates its commitment to enhancing the role of sports in social integration and the consolidation of values of coexistence and peace

    Each year on April 6, the world celebrates the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace. This year, it is celebrated under the theme “Sport for the Promotion of Peaceful and Inclusive Societies”, to shed light on the role of sports and physical activity in consolidating the values of coexistence among communities worldwide.

    On this occasion, the Islamic World Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (ICESCO) reiterates its commitment to enhancing the role of sports. Seeing sports as a catalyst for social integration, development, and the consolidation of values of coexistence and peace, ICESCO calls on the international community to join efforts in utilizing sports to build inclusive communities capable of withstanding crises.

    Recognizing the influential role of sports in promoting dialogue, creativity, and international cooperation, ICESCO has launched the Sports for Social Change initiative, as well as the Sports Diplomacy Program and International Youth Volunteers in Sport Program. Additionally, it organized the first ICESCO forum on Women in Sports to discuss the importance of augmenting women’s participation in sports and inspiring girls to become leaders in this field.

    In the last two editions of the ICESCO Marathon in Rabat, over a thousand runners of all ages, including people with special needs, participated to emphasize the significance of investing in sports to improve physical and mental health and achieve prosperity in the Islamic world.

    ICESCO’s football program for rehabilitating street children seeks to tackle social inequality and uphold children’s rights by utilizing sports to combat violence and create safe environments for street children.

    ICESCO and the Economic, Social and Environmental Council (CESE): Exploring prospects of cooperation

    Dr. Salim M. AlMalik, the Director-General (DG) of the Islamic World Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (ICESCO), received Mr. Ahmed Réda Chami, President of the Economic, Social, and Environmental Council of the Kingdom of Morocco (CESE), along with his accompanying delegation of the Council members. The two parties discussed the prospects of mutual cooperation, especially in the fields of foresight studies and artificial intelligence.

    The Meeting was held on Wednesday April 3rd, 2024, at ICESCO’s Headquarters in Rabat, in the presence of Dr. Abdelilah Benarafa, ICESCO Deputy DG, and several sector heads, department directors, and heads of specialized centers at the Organization. During the meeting, Dr. Al-Malik reviewed ICESCO’s efforts, foresight initiatives, programs, and projects geared toward supporting its Member States in developing the education, science, and culture sectors. He emphasized that the Organization adopts an open approach to partnership and collaboration with all to achieve its strategic objectives.
    Dr. Al-Malik pointed out that ICESCO’s Center for Strategic Foresight has organized several training sessions on foresight and decision-making for the benefit of public servants, private professionals, and youth in its Member States.

    The Organization established its “ICESCO Chair on Women in Science: Artificial Intelligence and the Future” at the Euro-Mediterranean University in Fez. Soon, the “ICESCO Chair for Artificial Intelligence Ethics ” will be established at the University of Technology and Applied Sciences in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman.

    For his part, Mr. Chami lauded the various roles that ICESCO fills, and the support it lends to its Member States in its areas of competence, reaffirming the Economic, Social, and Environmental Council’s keenness to foster a fruitful cooperation with the Organization considering its distinguished expertise, especially in the fields of strategic foresight and artificial intelligence.

    Following the meeting, ICESCO’s DG took the President of the Economic, Social, and Environmental Council and his accompanying delegation on a tour of the various halls of the International Exhibition and Museum of the Prophet’s Seerah and Islamic Civilization, currently hosted by the Organization through a strategic partnership between ICESCO, the Muslim World League, and the Mohammadia League of Scholars.

    ICESCO Calls for Papers for Specialized Studies Series on Teaching Arabic to Non-Arabic Speakers 2024

    The Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ICESCO) is delighted to call for papers for “The Specialized Studies Series in the Field of Teaching Arabic to Non-Arabic Speakers 2024,” issued by the Center of Arabic for Non-Arabic Speakers in support of the Organization’s orientations to promote publishing, consolidate scientific and educational research in the field of the Arabic language, exert efforts to foster its presence at the international scene, and build on linguistic, educational and technological theories to advance this field.

    ICESCO invites researchers and specialists to participate by submitting well-grounded applied academic studies likely to contribute to the development of teaching Arabic to non-Arabic speakers and enrich the Arabic body of knowledge with contemporary and innovative approaches and methods.

    Interested parties may apply by submitting a 200-word abstract of the book, a research outline, along with their CVs, and a copy of their passport to the email address, stans@icesco.org, no later than May 1st, 2024. Candidates selected by the jury will be notified within two weeks and will receive an authorship and contract signing invitation.

    For more information on the participation requirements and publishing criteria, please visit this link: https://icesco.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/04/conceptnotearabic2024.pdf

    This is the 4th “Specialized Studies Series in the Field of Teaching Arabic to Non-Arabic Speakers,” issued by ICESCO’s Center for Arabic for Non-Arabic Speakers. This project has published three scientific series in applied linguistic studies based on the latest theories in linguistics and education science. The participating experts have shared their expertise and contributed to research initiatives and educational practices to train teachers on methods, strategies, and skills, thus enhancing Arabic learners’ linguistic competence, cultural and professional skills.

    Financial support from ICESCO for 500 Palestinian students at Egyptian universities

    The Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ICESCO) granted financial support to 500 Palestinian students, as part of the support program for Palestinian students studying at Egyptian universities, under the patronage of His Excellency President Mahmoud Abbas Abu Mazen, and in cooperation with the Palestinian National Commission for Education, Culture and Science and the Embassy of the State of Palestine in the Arab Republic of Egypt.

    The financial support was delivered to the first group of beneficiaries at the headquarters of the Palestinian Embassy in Cairo on Tuesday, March 26, 2024, where it was distributed in two batches for the benefit of 500 male and female students, with a total of 200,000 US dollars.

    The support reflects ICESCO’s vision and strategic orientations in supporting the efforts of its Member States in the fields of education, science and culture, and its initiatives to support young people, especially Palestinians and their families in light of the brutal aggression they are facing. For record, last November, ICESCO also granted financial support to Palestinian students studying in a number of Moroccan universities.

    The distribution of support to the first group of beneficiaries was attended by Dr. Ali Zidan Abu Zuhri, Chairman of the Palestinian National Commission for Education, Culture and Science, and Dr. Dawas Dawas, Secretary-General of the Commission, Chairman of ICESCO’s Executive Council, and on behalf of Dr. Salim Al-Malik, ICESCO Director-General, Mrs. Amira El-Fadil, Advisor to the Director General for External relations, Dr. Naji al-Naji, Cultural Advisor to the Palestinian Embassy in Egypt, and Mr. Omar Khalouk, Financial Auditor at ICESCO’s Financial Controller’s Office, and a number of officials in the Commission and the Palestinian Embassy.

    Dr. Abu Zuhri appreciated ICESCO’s roles and sustained support for the efforts of the State of Palestine in the fields of education, science and culture, praising ICESCO’s initiative to support Palestinian university students in Morocco and Egypt.

    Second Training Session on Psychosocial First Aid Kicks off

    The second training session held by the Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ICESCO) and the Ministry of Youth, Culture and Communication of the Kingdom of Morocco kicked off on Monday, March 25, 2024, on the inclusive well-being in practice to build the capacities of 50 beneficiaries of youth centers directors and supervisors in many Moroccan cities, to train them in psychological and social first aid, and provide them with the necessary skills to deal with vulnerable groups and crises situations.

    At the opening of the session, which will last for three days at the headquarters of the Ministry of Youth, Culture and Communication in Rabat, Mrs. Ramata Almamy Mbaye, Head of ICESCO Human and Social Sciences Sector, praised the fruitful cooperation between the Organization and the Ministry and stressed the importance of this training and of increasing the number of its beneficiaries to include directors of youth centers and supervisors of summer camps and associations acting in this field in several Moroccan cities.

    For her part, Ms. Kenza Abourmane, Director of Youth at the Ministry, affirmed that this training aims to provide participants with practical skills in the field of providing psychological support and first aid to vulnerable persons they serve every day.

    Then, the training started with the morning session casting light on the psychological and mental effects of crises and disasters and how to provide first aid in such situations. The afternoon session dealt with the principles and rules of assisting responsibly by respecting safety, rights and dignity.

    ICESCO Director General Meets Speaker of National Assembly of the Parliament of Guyana

    Dr. Salim M. AlMalik, Director-General of the Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ICESCO), met with Mr. Manzoor Nadir, Speaker of the National Assembly of the Parliament of Guyana, during their participation at the proceeding of the 3rd Conference of the Non-Aligned Movement Parliamentary Network (NAM PN) held under the banner: “Revitalizing parliamentary action in combating climate change.”

    During the meeting, which took place in Geneva, Switzerland, on March 25, 2024, Dr. AlMalik reviewed the Organization’s further progress made towards its development, as well as its new vision and strategic orientations aimed at establishing it as an international beacon of civilization and knowledge hub for the Islamic world.

    Dr. AlMalik highlighted ICESCO’s approach of increased communication with its Member States to design programs and projects based on their needs and priorities in coordination with their respective National Commissions.

    For his part, Mr.Manzoor Nadir commended ICESCO’s efforts in building the capacities of youth and women, stressing the willingness of the competent authorities in Guyana to promote collaboration with the Organization in education, science and culture.

    Host of Muslim Ulema visits the Exhibition and Museum of the Prophet’s Seerah at ICESCO

    A host of senior Muslim Ulema and distinguished intellectual figures participating in the Hassani Religious Lectures, held during the holy month of Ramadan and headed by His Majesty King Mohammed VI of Morocco, may Allah assist him, visited the International Exhibition and Museum of the Prophet’s Seerah and Islamic Civilization, currently housed at the headquarters of the Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ICESCO), in Rabat.

    Dr. Salim M. AlMalik, ICESCO Director-General, received these guests, on Wednesday (March 20, 2024), including Sheikh Muhammad Hussein, the Grand Mufti of AlQuds and the Palestinian territories, Imam and Preacher of Al-Aqsa Mosque; Sheikh Essa Darboe, President of The Gambia Supreme Islamic Council; Dr. Bahauddeen Nadwi, Vice Chancellor of Darul Huda Islamic University, in India; Dr. Hassan Al-Mannai, retired professor from Al-Zaytouna University in Tunisia; and Dr. Akram Nadwi, Director and Co-founder of Al Salam Institute in Oxford, in Britain; as well as the reciters Al-Hussein Al-Qasimi Al-Baqali and Ayoub Nasser from Morocco.

    During the meeting, ICESCO Director-General reviewed the Organization’s vision and strategic orientations, and highlighted its current programs and projects geared towards developing the fields of education, science and culture, noting that ICESCO is open to all parties with the view of serving its Member States and the Muslim communities worldwide, and introducing the cultures and civilization of the Islamic world.

    Moreover, he indicated that the Organization is hosting this Exhibition within its efforts to show the correct image of Islam and confront extremism and hatred, highlighting that the exhibition is the fruit of the strategic partnership between ICESCO, the Muslim World League and the Mohammadia League of Ulema.

    Dr. AlMalik, along with Dr. Abdelilah Benarafa, Deputy Director-General, and Dr. Ahmed Said Bah, Advisor to the General Directorate of ICESCO, took the guests on a tour of the various halls of the Exhibition and Museum, during which they listened to detailed explanations.

    At the close of the tour, the guests expressed their happiness at visiting this great scientific edifice, which addresses all groups in a simplified manner using the latest technologies.

    ICESCO Director General receives Advisor to the President of the Arab Republic of Egypt for Religious Affairs

    Dr. Salim M. AlMalik, Director-General of the Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ICESCO), received Dr. Osama Al Azhari, Advisor to the President of the Arab Republic of Egypt for Religious Affairs, who visited ICESCO’s headquarters in Rabat and gave a lecture entitled: “Today’s youth: tomorrow’s beacon of civilization”.

    At the start of the meeting, which took place on Tuesday 19 March 2024, Dr. AlMalik welcomed Dr. Al Azhari stressing the exceptional relations binding ICESCO and Egypt in the fields of education, science and culture.

    He commended the support of H.E. Abdel Fattah Al-Sissi, President of the Arab Republic of Egypt, to the Organization’s efforts, and his generous sponsorship of ICESCO’s Year of Youth, which saw the implementation of concrete programs and projects for the benefit of youth in a number of countries in the Islamic world, as part of His Excellency’s ongoing support for youth, exemplified by the announcement he made at the opening of the 14th session of ICESCO’s General Conference in Cairo of the granting of 100 scholarships in Egyptian universities to young people from the Organization’s Member States, and by his proposal to create a Fund to support education and talents in the Islamic world.

    The Director General reviewed the main thrusts of ICESCO’s vision and strategic orientations, as well as the programs and projects it implements in the fields of capacity-building for youth and women, consolidating the values of coexistence, peace and civilizational dialogue, combating extremist ideas, promoting investment in technology, innovation, artificial intelligence and space sciences, disseminating the culture of foresight, and consolidating the status of the Arabic language worldwide.

    For his part, Dr. Al Azhari expressed his pleasure at visiting ICESCO’s headquarters, praising the Organization’s outstanding and central role in disseminating and strengthening science, thought and culture in its Member States.

    Following the meeting, an intellectual gathering was organized during which Dr. Al-Azhari gave a lecture entitled “Today’s youth: the beacon of tomorrow’s civilization”, moderated by Dr. Abdelilah Benarafa, ICESCO Deputy Director General, in the presence of a number of ambassadors and ambassadors’ spouses accredited to Rabat, as well as other high-profile personalities.

    Dr. Al-Azhari emphasized that the theme of the lecture urges youth in the Islamic world and the world at large, to become the beacon of tomorrow’s civilization. In this respect, he presented examples of scientific methodological thinking, which has transformed the meanings of the Holy Quran into creative scientific thinking, that motivated Muslims throughout history to take inspiration from it to develop minds and promote the values of ambition and innovation to make glorious civilization that has contributed to enriching human civilization, stressing that mercy is the most important and central value of our true religion.

    He went on to talk about the transformation that occurred in the civilization of the Islamic world with the appearance of hospitals, the stages of their the evolution, and how the need to relieve the sick was first thought of in application of the value of mercy derived from the opening of Surah Al-Fatihah “In the name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful”, noting that the innovative Muslim mind transformed the word the “Compassionate, the Merciful”, into a “value”, then created a civilization in which mercy became a central value.

    After the lecture, the floor was opened to discussion and questions which Dr. Al-Azhari answered, before ICESCO Director General presented him with a shield of honor.

    At the end of his visit to ICESCO, Dr. Al Malik took Dr. Al Azhari on a tour of the International Exhibition and Museum of the Seerah of the Prophet and Islamic Civilization, currently hosted at the Organization’s headquarters as part of a strategic partnership between ICESCO, the Islamic World League and the Mohammadia League of Scholars.