Dr. Salim M. AlMalik, Director-General of the Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ICESCO), revealed the Organization’s strategic orientation to digitize transforming girls’ education as indicated in ICESCO’s study, prepared in cooperation with external experts, which features five strategies: capitalizing on the integration of educational technology using a multi-media approach, providing non-conventional and comprehensive educational tools for girls, using artificial intelligence and machine learning, providing girls with basic skills to keep pace with development, and enhancing teachers’ ability to use modern technology.
This statement was part of Dr. AlMalik’s address at the “Transforming Girls’ Education Forum,” held on Wednesday (September 21, 2022), in New York, by the Government of the Republic of Niger, in partnership with ICESCO, UNESCO, the United Nations Population Fund and the Global Partnership for Education, following the United Nations Transforming Education Summit, to raise awareness of the importance of ensuring girls’ right to education, stressing the need to update school curricula, proposing plans and measures to transform girls’ education, and combating their school dropout, especially in conflict areas.
The Forum saw high-level participation, including His Excellency Mr. Mohamed Bazoum, President of the Republic of Niger, Dr. Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chairperson of the African Union Commission, and Ms. Deine Keita, Deputy Executive Director for Programs of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), as well as the representatives of the United Nations agencies, civil society organizations, Nobel laureates, and several educational institutions.
At the outset of his address, Dr. Al-Malik thanked His Majesty King Mohammed VI of Morocco, for his continued support for ICESCO, and commended the constant involvement of the President of Niger in education development, stressing the importance of this forum and noting that investment in girls’ education gives them the opportunity to become effective actors in achieving sustainable development.
Besides, he stressed that girl’s education is not limited to access to school; it should help them acquire modern skills in line with the future labor market to bring about the desired positive change, calling for concerted efforts to mainstream transforming girls’ education, invest in early childhood education, empower and support young women in leadership business, and develop modern curricula.
Moreover, He reviewed ICESCO’s key initiatives and programmes geared toward providing safe educational spaces for students and girls, most notably the girls’ digital laboratories programme and ICESCO children’s libraries and e-learning centers.
During the forum sessions, participants shared the best practices, efforts, achievements and challenges of transforming girls’ education, announced specific plans and commitments to transform girls’ education, and agreed to establish a collaborative network for girls’ education.