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    Conclusion of Second Training Session on Psychosocial First Aid

    The second training session on psychosocial first aid, held by the Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ICESCO) and the Moroccan Ministry of Youth, Culture and Communication, under the theme “Inclusive Wellbeing in Practice”, came to a close on Wednesday 27 March 2024. Shields and certificates of participation were handed out to beneficiaries, including directors and supervisors of youth centers in various Moroccan cities, after completing training on psychological support, particularly for vulnerable groups and those in crises.

    In his remarks at the closing ceremony, Dr Abdelilah Benarafa, ICESCO Deputy Director General, emphasized the utmost importance of mental health and well-being in building cohesive communities capable of facing challenges and crises, particularly amidst the rapid changes witnessed throughout the world, including the Islamic world.

    He added that mental health is at the core of ICESCO’s vision, and noted that the Organization reiterates its commitment to supporting efforts and coordinating joint work to promote mental health, as demonstrated through its strategies and programs. To this end, ICESCO has developed the “Guide on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support for Families, Educators, and Local Communities”.

    On his part, Mr. Mustapha Messaoudi, Secretary-General of the Ministry of Youth -Youth Department-, commended the training session for providing beneficiaries with the necessary tools to promote youth’s mental health, in line with the Ministry’s strategic directions.

    Ms. Ramata Almami Mbai, Head of ICESCO’s Social and Human Sciences Sector, lauded the fruitful partnership between the Organization and the Ministry, which culminated in the success of this training course, and expressed gratitude to all those who contributed to it. Furthermore, she provided an overview of some of ICESCO’s initiatives in the field of health and mental care. The ceremony concluded with the exchange of honorary shields between officials from ICESCO and the Ministry.

    ICESCO Hosts Second Meeting of the Forum, “A Ramadan Journey into the Depths of the Human Soul”

    The headquarters of the Islamic World Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (ICESCO) in Rabat hosted today, Friday 15 March 2024, the second meeting of the scientific forum, “A Ramadan Journey into the Depths of the Human Soul.”

    The Forum was organized by ICESCO in cooperation with the Group of Spouses of Arab Ambassadors and Heads of International Organizations accredited to the Kingdom of Morocco. During the event, Dr. Khadija Abouzid, Professor of Higher Education at the Faculty of Letters and Human Sciences, Mohammed V University in Rabat, delivered a lecture titled “Ramadan: a Month for the Healing and Purification of Souls.” The Lecture was attended by Dr. Salim M. AlMalik, ICESCO Director General, a group of women ambassadors accredited to the Kingdom of Morocco, members of the Group of Spouses, and a large audience from the general public.

    The Meeting kicked off with a general introduction by Dr. Yusra bint Hussain Al-Jazairy, member of the Group of Spouses, who emphasized that the second meeting of the Forum came after the outstanding success of the first meeting with Dr. Khadija Abouzid. She mentioned receiving numerous opinions, inquiries, and requests, most of which focused on the importance of shedding light on practical tools for checking the soul in all its aspects, as discussed in the previous meeting.

    Dr. Al-Jazairy added that today’s lecture was chosen based on these requests, and that Dr. Khadija Abouzid would take the attendees on a journey into the depths of their souls and will share with them a set of practical tools applicable in this context. Moreover, she praised the creativity that imbued the lecture given in the previous meeting, especially when it mentioned that humans should always seek to strike a balance between the requirements of the body and the soul.

    Dr. Yusra Al-Jazairy concluded her presentation by extending gratitude, on behalf of the Group of Spouses of Arab Ambassadors and Heads of International Organizations accredited to the Kingdom of Morocco, to ICESCO for its excellent organization and gracious hosting.

    Following that, Dr. Khadija Abouzid started her lecture, during which she outlined the key steps for healing and purifying the soul. She affirmed that the blessed month of Ramadan is the ideal opportunity for soul purification, as “Shaitan” (Satan), the enemy of mankind, is chained during it, and Allah honors humans with the blessed “Laylat-ul-Qadr” (the Night of Power).

    She pointed out that diagnosis is the first step towards rejuvenating and educating the soul by identifying its flaws and kick-starting the healing process. Furthermore, she highlighted that just as the body can be diseased, so can the soul, to which equal attention must be paid.

    Dr. Abouzid elaborated on the sicknesses of the heart, as mentioned in the Holy Quran, including deceit, arrogance, and pretentiousness, highlighting that the sicknesses of the soul and heart, worldly attachment, and the whispers of “Satan”, are the obstacles that impede the purification of the soul.

    Following the lecture, a discussion session was opened, and several questions and inquiries were addressed by Dr. Khadija Abouzid. Dr. Yusra Al-Jazairy thanked the lecturer for the spiritual journey that touched the hearts of the attendees and inspired them to purify their souls.

    The Session concluded with a recitation of the poem “My Ultimate Destination” (Muntaha Amri) written by Dr. Salim M. AlMalik, and performed by the Moroccan Nashidist Soumia Massine.

    ICESCO Workshop on Digital Entrepreneurship for Women Empowerment Concludes Proceedings in Libya

    On Thursday, 26 October 2023, the training workshop on digital entrepreneurship, “Reality of Entrepreneurship and Economic Empowerment of Women and Girls in Remote and Rural Areas”, concluded its proceedings, in Sebha, State of Libya. The workshop was held by the Center of Strategic Foresight at the Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ICESCO), in cooperation with the Libyan National Commission for Education, Science and Culture and Sebha University.

    In an address delivered on his behalf at the outset of the workshop, held at the Language Centre of Sebha University, Dr. Musa Almaghrif, Libyan Minister of Education, President of the Libyan National Commission for Education, Science and Culture, commended the partnership between the Commission, ICESCO and Sebha University, expressing his aspirations to implement a set of educational and cultural activities and conduct specialized studies and research works.

    The three-day workshop aimed at helping institutions, decision-makers, local government structures and individuals develop their capacities in entrepreneurship, especially in remote and rural areas, thus contributing to promoting equality and human rights, attaining Sustainable Development Goals on decent work and economic growth, in addition to raising awareness of the role of entrepreneurship in improving socio-economic situations of individuals and groups and developing solutions to support and fund promising projects, especially digital ones.

    ICESCO Launches second humanitarian caravan to assist earthquake victims in Morocco

    The second humanitarian caravan, launched by the Islamic World Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (ICESCO) from its headquarters in Rabat, Morocco, towards the earthquake-affected regions in Taroudant province, Morocco, reached its destination today, Friday 15 September 2023, to provide relief materials to the earthquake victims there.

    ICESCO’s second humanitarian caravan carries essential food items, lighting equipment, tents, children’s clothing, blankets, mattresses, as well as medical supplies. This effort is organized in partnership between the Organization and the Islamic Center for Trade Development.

    The relief materials shipped through four trucks, were handed over to the Mohammed VI Foundation for Solidarity. The leading humanitarian and relief organization, in cooperation and coordination with local authorities, will distribute these aids to the remote villages severely hit by the earthquake, which are difficult to reach.

    ICESCO General Directorate emphasizes that organizing humanitarian caravans is part of the Organization’s humanitarian solidarity efforts aimed at supporting the efforts of the Kingdom of Morocco and intervention teams present in the earthquake-affected areas. It also underscores the values of solidarity and cooperation advocated by the Organization to alleviate the impact of the earthquake on the neediest of the affected groups.

    The Islamic Center for Trade Development points out that this initiative carried out in partnership with ICESCO, reflects the Center’s solidarity dimension in its efforts to achieve social and economic development for the Organization of Islamic Cooperation’s Member States.

    ICESCO General Directorate had previously taken several urgent decisions to affirm the Organization’s and all of its employees’ solidarity with the Kingdom of Morocco and those affected by the disaster. It launched its first relief caravan on Sunday 10 September 2023 towards the affected areas in Haouz province, providing humanitarian assistance to the affected population in 12 remote villages along a 70 km stretch in the Amghras commune.

    This caravan was organized and supervised by a number of the Organization’s employees who volunteered in response to the call by Dr. Salim M. AlMalik, ICESCO Director-General, to volunteer, provide assistance, and head to the disaster-stricken areas to lend a helping hand to earthquake victims.

    In the heart of Nouakchott… Unveiling of a plaque commemorating the poem by ICESCO Director-General

    As part of the celebration of Nouakchott as the Culture Capital of the Islamic World, a plaque commemorating the poem “The Flower of Cultural Capitals” was unveiled. The poem was composed and recited by Dr. Salim M. AlMalik, ICESCO Director-General, at the launch of the celebration in a major cultural event organized under the auspices and presidency of H.E. Mr. Mohamed Ould El Ghazouani, President of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania.

    During the ceremony, held on Friday, August 4, 2023, on the Place de la Liberté in the center of the capital, Ms. Fatimetou Abdel Malick, President of Nouakchott Region, emphasized that the plaque commemorating the poem “The Flower of Cultural Capitals” was an added value for the square, located in the heart of the capital and frequented by visitors from all over Mauritania.

    ICESCO was represented at the ceremony by Dr. Ahmed Said Bah, Advisor to the Organization’s Director-General for Partnerships and International Cooperation and supervisor of the General Secretariat for National Commissions and Conferences, who explained that the creation of the commemorative plaque in a central location in the capital is one of the most important steps in the ongoing celebration of Nouakchott as the Capital of Culture of the Islamic World.

    A plaque containing the “Djéol” appeal to cultural diversity, launched by the Djéol Festival in March 2023 with the participation of the Organization, was also unveiled during the ceremony.

    The ceremony saw the presence of Mr. Mohamed Sidi Abdallah, Secretary General of the Mauritanian National Commission for Education, Culture and Science, Secretary General of the Higher Committee in charge of preparing for the celebration of Nouakchott, Culture Capital of the Islamic World, and several officials representing the Ministries of Culture, Interior and Foreign Affairs.

    ICESCO Participates in Arab Radio and TV Festival and ASBU Exhibition in Tunis

    The Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ICESCO) is participating in the 23rd Edition of the Arab Radio and Television Festival, and the ASBU Exhibition, organized by the Arab States Broadcasting Union (ASBU) in partnership with the Tunisian Ministry of Cultural Affairs, on 12 – 15 June 2023, in the capital Tunis, under the theme: “Arts and Culture Unite Us.”

    The launching ceremony of this edition held on Monday evening, 12 June 2023, saw the participation of high-profile officials, media professionals and artists, including Dr. Hayat Katat Al-Qarmazi, Tunisian Minister of Cultural Affairs, Dr. Boutros Al-Hallaq, the Syrian Minister of Information, Minister Ahmed Assaf, General Supervisor of the Palestinian Official Media, Mr. Mohammad al-Harithi, ASBU President of the Saudi Radio and Television Corporation, Mr. Abdul Rahim Suleiman, ASUB Director General, as well as representatives of production companies and Regional and international media organizations.

    The Tunisian Minister of Cultural Affairs and the Syrian Minister of Information were honored during the Ceremony, which also included the honoring of Arab artists, namely: Sherine from Egypt, Milad Youssef and Rawa Al-Saadi from Syria, George Khabbaz from Lebanon, Fatima Al Hosani from the UAE, and Hassan Garfal from Libya, and Sanaa Akroud from Morocco. The Ceremony included an artistic show entitled “Arabian Perfumes” by the composer and artist, Mohamed Ali Kammoun.

    On Tuesday morning, (13 June 2023), the ASBU exhibition of technology, equipment and software market was inaugurated, with the participation of major production and technology companies in the field of media, broadcasting and television institutions, and several international organizations. ICESCO participated in the Exhibition with a special pavilion, to introduce the Organization’s digital production in the fields of education, science and culture, including educational and intellectual programs, training sessions, poetry collections and other productions. The Organization provides streaming and free downloads on its website and its accounts and pages on social media.

    Visitors of ICESCO’s pavilion commended the Organization’s digital productions and stressed the importance of cooperation among international organizations in the production of non-lucrative cultural content with lofty values.

    Mr. Samy Elkamhawy. Director of Department of Information and Institutional Communication, and Ms. Soukina Azzabi, from his media team represented ICESCO at the festival and exhibition.

    ICESCO takes part in First Regional Conference on Cultural Property Protection in Egypt

    The Culture and Communication Sector of the Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ICESCO) took part in the third part of the First Regional Conference on Cultural Property Protection themed “Sustainable Documentation and Inventory Management”, held on June 8-12, 2023 by the American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE), in cooperation with the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities and in partnership with the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) and the US Department of State.

    The Sector was represented at the conference, which took place in the Arab Republic of Egypt, by Mr. Bilel Chebbi, Expert at the Sector, who presented a scientific paper on ICESCO’s efforts in combating illicit trafficking in cultural property, in which he shed light on the Organization’s major relevant projects, namely the Islamic World Heritage Portal.

    The conference aimed to establish an agreement providing common principles for successful strategies to meet the needs and challenges of managing historic sites across the region, and to make recommendations for their preservation.

    ICESCO and ANLCA sign cooperation agreement

    The Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ICESCO) and the Moroccan National Agency for the Fight against Illiteracy (ANLCA) signed a framework agreement to promote cooperation in the implementation of a number of projects to support the fight against illiteracy and anchor the notion of lifelong learning.

    The agreement was signed on Monday, June 12, 2023, by Dr. Abdelilah Benarfa, ICESCO Deputy Director-General, and Dr. Abdelwadoud Kherbouche, Director-General of the Agency. The key document was signed on the sidelines of the two-day International Conference on Lifelong Learning, organized by ICESCO in partnership with the Ministry of National Education, Primary Education and Sports, the National Agency for the Fight against Illiteracy in the Kingdom of Morocco, the National Institute for Lifelong Education of the Republic of Korea, the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning, and the Global Partnership Organization for Education.

    According to the Agreement provisions, ICESCO and the Agency will work together to create projects geared towards reducing illiteracy rates, promoting cooperation in the field of conducting studies and research works, holding joint conferences and seminars, building capacities and sharing successful experiences in the field of lifelong learning.

    ICESCO Director General receives Libyan Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development

    Dr. Salim AlMalik, Director-General of the Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ICESCO), received Ms. Mabrouka Toghi Othman, Libyan Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development, to discuss ways of strengthening cooperation between ICESCO and Libya in the fields of culture, heritage preservation and valorization, as well as capacity building for professionals in this field.

    At the beginning of the meeting, which took place on Friday 26 May 2023 at ICESCO Headquarters in Rabat, in the presence of Dr. Said Mohammed Al-Dbayeb, Permanent Delegate of Libya to ICESCO, the delegation accompanying the Minister, and Mr. Najib Rhiati, Cultural Advisor to ICESCO Director General, Dr. AlMalik welcomed the Libyan Minister, stressing the Organization’s willingness to strengthen cooperation with Libya, which has seen great development over the last few years; a fact that has been reflected in the implementation by ICESCO of several programs and projects with the Libyan parties, in coordination with the Libyan National Commission and the Permanent Delegation of Libya to the Organization.

    For her part, the Libyan Minister of Culture praised ICESCO’s efforts to promote culture in the countries of the Islamic world, welcoming the Organization’s cooperation with Libya in inscribing numerous Libyan historical sites and cultural elements on ICESCO’s Islamic World Heritage Lists.

    The meeting touched on proposals for cooperation between ICESCO and Libya in several areas, in particular, capacity-building for heritage professionals, support for traditional industries and creative crafts, and programs dedicated to youth within the framework of ICESCO’s Year of Youth.

    At the end of the meeting, both parties agreed to continue coordination to define a set of programs and projects to be implemented by ICESCO in Libya, according to its priorities and needs in the cultural fields.

    Examining Cooperation Avenues between ICESCO and United Nations University for Peace in Youth Capacity Building

    Dr. Salim M. AlMalik, Director-General of the Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ICESCO), met with Dr. David Fernández Puyana, Ambassador and Permanent Observer of the UN University for Peace to the United Nations Office at Geneva and UNESCO, to discuss cooperation prospects between ICESCO and the University in youth capacity-building and leadership training in peace and security.

    During the meeting, which took place on Thursday, May 25, 2023, at ICESCO Headquarters in Rabat, Dr. AlMalik confirmed that the Organization accords great importance to youth through the programs and activities it implements for their benefit, mainly ICESCO’s Youth Leadership Training in Peace and Security Program, and the publication of the book “Peace 360°: Exploring the Dimensions of Peace,” which embodies ICESCO’s global, multidisciplinary approach to peacebuilding.

    The meeting also tackled cooperation proposals between the Organization and the University within the framework of ICESCO’s Year of Youth, aiming to strengthen the youth’s role in the development of their societies.

    At the close of the meeting, attended by Ms. Somia Djacta, Head of the ICESCO Office at UNESCO, Dr. Puyana met with several ICESCO Sector Heads and Experts to discuss possible programs and projects for cooperation between the Organization and the United Nations University for Peace.