Dr. Salim M. AlMalik, Director-General (DG) of the Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ICESCO), reaffirmed the Organization’s readiness to support, within the framework of its strategy and new vision, the efforts of its Member States to ensure the continuity of the educational process and to support them in facing the numerous challenges undermining younger generations’ right to education, welfare, and development. He also noted that despite the negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the educational situation in many parts of the world, there are many opportunities available compared to the risks and challenges.
Dr. AlMalik made the statement in his address at the ceremony of distributing electronic tablets to several students in the region of Dakhla-Oued Ed-Dahab, Morocco, on Saturday, July 24, 2021. The ceremony was attended by Dr. Saaïd Amzazi, Minister of National Education, Vocational Training, Higher Education and Scientific Research, President of the Moroccan National Commission for Education, Science and Culture; Dr. Driss Ouaouicha, Minister Delegate in Charge of Higher Education and Scientific Research in the Kingdom of Morocco; Mr. Lamine Benomar, Wali of the Dakhla-Oued Ed-Dahab Region; Mr. Jamal Eddine El Aloua, Secretary-General of the Moroccan National Commission for Education, Science and Culture; Dr. Abdelaziz Bendou, President of Ibn Zohr University; as well as some officials from the education sector in the Kingdom of Morocco.
Dr. AlMalik stressed that ICESCO is anticipating a new educational era, which is the era of the digital school that relies on AI innovations, noting that the pandemic has accelerated the pace of this transition. In this regard, he stressed, countries of the Islamic world must be well prepared to be among the first countries to embrace the new trend and develop their educational systems.
ICESCO DG also commended the dynamics, projects, and forward-looking plans of the Moroccan educational system, guided by the wise strategic vision of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, congratulating the Moroccan Monarch for his major and noble efforts to overcome the challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
For his part, Dr. Said Amzazi hailed the fruitful cooperation with ICESCO and its efforts to support its Member States’ education systems, as well as its remarkable achievements over the past two years.
The distribution of the electronic tablets to many students in the Dakhla Region is part of the cooperation program between ICESCO, the Moroccan Ministry of National Education, Vocational Training, Higher Education and Scientific Research, and the Moroccan National Commission for Education, Science and Culture.
Following the ceremony, the participants took part in the inauguration of the Higher School of Technology (EST) of Dakhla. Established with a nearly 40 million MAD budget, the school has a capacity of 1000 students. This project is part of the diversification of the university offer in the region, by providing new specialties.