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On the occasion of the commemoration of the International Literacy Day: ISESCO Literacy Prize awarded to a Nigerien NGO
ISESCO Literacy Prize for 2013 went to ONIREC / ASSALAM, a Nigerien NGO operating in Quranic schools development, in recognition of its efforts in women literacy, and in support of its other cultural and social activities for the Nigerien society.
ONIREC / ASSALAM carries out its women literacy actions combined with income-generating activities, using the national languages written in the Standardized Quranic Script (SQS) (Hausa – Fulfulde and Zarma). It also undertakes a variety of educational activities and translations of Quran verses and Hadiths. The Nigerien NGO’s activities, which are part of the government’s programme to develop education in Niger, are widely publicized by the community radio station Liptako FM.
It is noteworthy that ISESCO awards its annual literacy prize to one of the Arab, African and Asian geographical areas. The 2013 edition of the prize was dedicated to the French-speaking African Member States.
Non-governmental organization from Bangladesh receives ISESCO Prize for Literacy Research
ISESCO has awarded its 2012 prize for literacy research to the “Dhaka Ahsania Mission” non-governmental organization, which is based in Dhaka, capital-city of Bangladesh, in recognition of its outstanding efforts in the implementation of its project titled “Empowering Adolescents for Social Transformation (EAST)”. This project is aimed at promoting Islamic culture-based literacy among 12-18-year adolescent girls who are out of school, not enrolled or drop out from primary and secondary schools. The EAST project is not confined to developing Islamic culture-based literacy as it seeks to provide benefiting categories with livelihood and life skills. Presently, it covers more than 4,000 community learning centres in Bangladesh. “Dhaka Ahsania Mission” is implementing its project in 2997 centres, reaching some 54,856 participants every year. Since its inception in 2007, the project has reached 274,279 participants. “Dhaka Ahsania Mission” was created in 1958 by a great Sufi saint, philosopher, and renowned educationist and social reformer, Khan Bahadur Ahsanullah, with the motto of “Divine and Humanitarian Service”. The action of this NGO focused on promoting Islamic culture-based adult education among the deprived and socially excluded sections in a country with 90% Muslim population, through its community learning centres which are locally called “Ganokendra” (People’s Centres). It is worth mentioning that “Dhaka Ahsania Mission” has carried out many activities aimed at spreading Islamic culture and religion and achieving socioeconomic development for all strata of the Bangladeshi society. Its projects mainly target adults (+15), out-of-school youths, indigenous peoples and minority groups, and women and girls in vulnerable and rural communities. As well as teaching Islamic principles and values, “Dhaka Ahsania Mission” implements other activities for the socioeconomic development of local communities. The EAST project has the advantage of linking training activities in socioeconomic development with the promotion of Islamic principles, culture and values. In addition, the project has ensured community participation at all levels through its community learning centres, thus expanding its scope throughout the country
ISESCO Literacy Prize to two Palestinian researchers
The Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) announced that its 2011 Literacy Prize (second edition) will go to two Palestinian educational researchers for their joint research on “Islamic education and the illiteracy problem”. The two researchers, Dr Talal Mohammed Khalaf and Dr Nahed Subhi Fora, highlighted the role of Islamic education in fighting illiteracy through the scientific analysis of its causes, and the underlining of the aiding factors in adult education and the objectives of Islamic education in the field of literacy. In its practical part, the research thoroughly examined Palestine’s experience in the field of literacy, and underlined the success of its programmes. For the record, ISESCO proclaimed this prize in 2007 to provide support to the educational, scientific researches in the field of literacy, determine the factors that affect the literacy programmes, promote the socio-economic effect of these programmes, and link scientific research to literacy applied programmes.
ISESCO gives literacy prize to woman-centered organization, Guinea
ISESCO Literacy Prize 2010 went to a civil-society woman-centered organization from the Republic of Guinea, (Organization for Women and Child Care), in recognition of its quest to eradicate illiteracy among women and children, and in support of its other social and cultural activities geared to Guinea’s society.
The organization focuses on post-literacy activities using Guinea’s national language, Pulaar, with the standardized Arabic script. Most significant of what it achieved was the translation of the meanings of the Holy Quran and Hadith (report of Prophet’s sayings and actions) into Pulaar.
Guinea’s (Organization for Women and Child Care) also conducts a number of activities to help achieve sustainable comprehensive development for society, by engaging in such areas as literacy, food, agriculture, healthcare, hygiene, and others. ISESCO Literacy Prize is given annually to any of the three regions, Arab, African and Asian. This year’s prize was dedicated to the French-speaking African region.
ISESCO Literacy Prize 2010 was received on behalf of the winning organization by Mr Alhassan Souaré, representative of the Republic of Guinea to the Executive Council of ISESCO.