Rabat (UNA-OIC) – The Islamic World Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (ICESCO) will hold on Thursday, 24 September, the international webinar “The Necessary Roles of Education for Achieving the Features of the Societies We Want”.
The webinar will bring together former President of Brazil Luis Inácio Lula da Silva and a host of education ministers from member states and high-caliber international specialists, including the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi and Chief Executive Officer of the Global Partnership for Education Alice Albright.
The webinar will be held at 13:00 GMT (14:00 Rabat Time), in partnership with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCR), the Brazilian Campaign for the Right to Education, and Instituto Lula.
The webinar agenda includes opening speeches to be delivered by the former Brazilian president, ICESCO Director-General Dr. Salim Mohammed AlMalik, and Chief Executive Officer for Global Partnership for Education Ms. Albright. This will be followed a ministerial session on the theme, “Policies and mechanisms for ensuring equitable and inclusive quality education for all”.
Claudiana Ayo Cole, Minister of Basic Education of the Republic of the Gambia; Shafqat Mahmood, Minister of Federal Education and Professional Training of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan; Ariceni Adulai Jibrilo Baldé, Minister of National Education and Higher Education of the Republic of Guinea-Bissau, take part in this session. Tunisian Former minister of education Dr. Hatem bin Salem and former minister of education of Guinea Aïcha Bah Diallo will also participate in the session.
Experts and practitioners will then share their views on issues relevant to education, economics, role of youth in the “Societies We Want”, and education for peace in the Webinar’s second session. The webinar will wrap up with a closing address by the ICESCO chief.
ICESCO’s International Webinar on Education and the “Societies We Want” Initiative is organized as part of the Organization’s new vision and approach to address key issues. It aims to create an international dialogue and discussion on the future roles of education necessary for achieving the features of the “Societies We Want”.
The COVID-19 crisis exposed the dire need to rethink our societies and identified the key elements to building them. The goal is to include all stakeholders, promote peace and prosperity, and have sound foundations for sustainability and resilience in the face of crises.
ICESCO has launched several initiatives to support Member States in mitigating the impact of the pandemic. These include the ‘Societies We Want Initiative’ to spread knowledge and implement innovative programs to contribute to peaceful societies. The Organization also cooperated with donors to aid vulnerable communities and support female and young entrepreneurs.