Dr. Salim M. Al-Malik, Director-General (DG) of the Islamic World Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (ICESCO) met on Monday, August 17, Mr. Jamal Al-Shobaki, Palestinian Ambassador to Morocco. The two officials explored future opportunities between the Organization and the country.
Dr. AlMalik talked about ICESCO’s new strategy that envisions a global outreach for programs in the fields of education, science, technology, and culture. He also highlighted ICESCO’s results-oriented initiatives, activities, and programs in support of Member States efforts to mitigate the impact COVID-19 pandemic.
ICESCO and Palestine enjoy special cooperation, the DG reaffirmed. He added that the Organization works closely with the Palestinian National Commission for Education, Science, and Culture to tailor programs specific to the Palestinian needs.
He underlined that the Organization and donors supported the continuity of schooling during the COVID-19 pandemic. Palestine received IT equipment to support digital innovation and distance learning. He added that ICESCO also provided assistance and school grants to Palestinian students.
As for culture, the DG stressed that ICESCO actively supports the preservation of Palestine’s civilizational heritage. The organization contributed to the restoration of several heritage sites in Al-Quds and its vicinity, noting that ICESCO’s Al-Quds Unit oversees the projects.
Ambassador Al-Shobaki expressed his thanks to ICESCO and its DG for their support to Palestine and their prompt response to Palestinian needs. He also commended the ICESCO’s remarkable presence during the pandemic, which positioned the organization at the forefront of the international development scene.
The Palestinian ambassador stated that cultural and civilizational heritage is a source of strength. He added that preserving heritage protects the national Palestinian identity, expressing his appreciation of ICESCO’s efforts in this regard.