The International Celebration of Launching the “ICESCO Youth Year” 2023
Saturday، 07 October 2023 - 12:00 AM
Under the patronage and in the presence of His Excellency President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, President of the Arab Republic of Egypt, Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli inaugurated on Saturday, 7 October 2023, the Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ICESCO), which is organized by the Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ICESCO) in cooperation with the Ministry of High Education and Scientific Research, in the New Administrative Capital (NAC).
The celebration was attended by a number of ministers of Islamic countries, senior state officials, ambassadors and heads of authorities and international organizations as well as presidents of Egyptian national, public, private and technological universities, public figures, businessmen, youth, academics, scholars, experts and researchers in various scientific, educational and cultural disciplines from Egypt and the countries of the Islamic world.
It is worth noting that ICESCO, with 54 Member States, was established in 1982 and is headquartered in Rabat, Kingdom of Morocco. It aims to achieve interconnection, integration and strategic coordination among the countries of the Islamic world in its areas of competence, as well as strengthening the capacities of educational systems and improving their indicators in Member States, in addition to stimulating the comprehensive cultural development of the peoples of the Islamic world. The organization’s headquarters are located in the Moroccan city of Rabat.
The Opening Ceremony
Prime Minister Dr. Mostafa Madbouly, participated, on behalf of President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, President of the Republic, in the opening session of the celebration of the launch of the “ICESCO Year of Youth”.
The ceremony began with the recitation of verses from the Holy Quran
In his address, Dr. Salim M. AlMalik, the Director-General of the Islamic World Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (ICESCO), expressed his thanks to the Arab Republic of Egypt for hosting the launch ceremony, and to His Excellency President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi for granting his patronage to the ICESCO Year of Youth, commending Egypt’s efforts to accord due attention to its youth and build their creative and innovative capacities.
The Director-General also expressed ICESCO’s pride to be named, “The Young Organization,” stating that the Organization spares no effort in creating programs to build the capacities of young people and holding conferences and seminars for them in the fields of tomorrow’s professions, artificial intelligence, space sciences, heritage preservation, among others.
In addition, Dr. Al-Malik explained that celebrating the Year of Youth stands witness to the Organization’s faith in the potential of youth, and its determination to design impactful projects and initiatives that support them and prepare them for the future. He added that the Islamic world counts on its youth to achieve progress, calling on the new generations to overcome differences and embrace growth and prosperity.
He indicated that the Organization is implementing many ambitious programs and projects geared towards building the capacities of young people, in coordination with the National Commissions for Education, Science and Culture in Member States., highlighting that this is part of the Organization’s vision and strategic orientations which place strengthening and preserving the national identity of young people at the top of its priorities, seek to motivate them to innovate in the fields of modern technology, artificial intelligence applications and the metaverse, and benefit from their strengths.
He underlined that ICESCO’s vision also seeks to develop young people’s skills to keep pace with the requirements of tomorrow’s professions and urges universities in the Islamic world to develop their curricula to train young people capable of keeping pace with the rapid global transformations.
ICESCO DG further stated that ICESCO’s programs and projects during the Year of Youth will focus on young people and direct them to develop their capacities and raise their awareness to play their key role in preserving the environment and protecting the planet from the risks of climate change.
For his part, Dr. Mohamed Ayman Ashour, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, President of the Egyptian National Commission for Education, Science and Culture, President of ICESCO’s General Conference, highlighted Egypt’s achievements since assuming the presidency of the Organization’s General Conference. He reviewed the key principles of the scholarship initiative in Egyptian universities, which His Excellency President El- Sisi offered to students from countries of the Islamic world.
The Minister stressed the need to promote scientific research and invest in youth, as they represent the majority of the population of the Islamic world, stating that hosting of ICESCO’s Year of Youth reflects Egypt’s keenness to support young people as builders of the future, who will lead the way for their countries to join the ranks of developed nations in the coming years.
He also explained that the celebration includes several important topics, including ICESCO’s vision in the field of building the capacities of youth of the Islamic world, the efforts of the Egyptian government in caring for and empowering youth during the era of President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, and the role of the Ministry of Higher Education in supporting creators and innovators, pointing out the honoring of a group of creative, talented and innovative young people in the Islamic world.
During the ceremony, a number of videos were screened, which focused on a variety of topics, notably ICESCO’s vision on youth issues, Egypt’s efforts to build young capacities and the opportunities it provides to young people across the world to study in Egyptian universities, in addition to the work carried by young people at the Innovation Hubs workshops, which were held prior to the launch of the ICESCO Year of Youth.
A Mock Conference simulating ICESCO’s General Conference
Dr. Mostafa Madbouly, Egyptian Prime Minister, on behalf of the President, participated in a mock conference simulating ICESCO’s General Conference, presented by young representatives of the Organization’s Member States, in the presence of the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, President of the Egyptian National Commission, President of ICESCO’s General Conference, Dr. Mohamed Ayman Ashour; and ICESCO Director-General, Dr. Salim M. AlMalik.
The mock conference featured discussions on the major challenges facing the Islamic world in the fields of education, science, culture, communication and humanities, which was an opportunity for the young participants to present recommendations on the subject. The activity also focused on the outputs of the ICESCO Innovation Hubs for the youth of the Islamic world and beyond, which were hosted by the Creativity and Innovation Center at Ain Shams University and yielded a set of ideas and proposals with the aim of contributing to developing strategies to improve educational and social conditions and safeguard and promote heritage in the countries of the Islamic world.
Following the youth mock conference, Dr. Madbouly delivered a speech, in which he conveyed the greetings of His Excellency President El-Sisi to the participants, wishing success for the ICESCO Year of Youth initiative.
Dr. Mustafa Madbouly also expressed his happiness and welcome to Dr. Salem Al-Malik, Director General of the Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO), and Dr. Ayman Ashour, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research.
He highlighted the great interest that the Egyptian President pays to youth issues as well as to training them to be action takers, stressing their pivotal role in the development movements the country is witnessing.
Madbouly said: Launching the first simulation model for the youth of the Islamic world in the fields of education, science, and culture is a valuable initiative stemming from our keenness to prepare, qualify, and prepare young people and give them their right to take control and express their ambitions, goals and vision in life.
In this regard, the Prime Minister stressed that all of this is our duty towards the youth. To support and support them and provide everything they need in order to build promising youth capable of facing the future, contributors, initiators and active participants in building a society of humanity, justice, solidarity and sustainability.
Madbouly referred to the initiative of President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, at the fourteenth session of the General Conference of ISESCO, to develop a vision to transform education into a basic engine for economic development, explaining that the Egyptian Committee for Education, Culture and Science, through its presidency of the General Conference, worked with great effort to coordinate among the 45 member states in this regard.
Meanwhile, the Prime Minister said: “Today we are launching a qualifying model for innovation that supports these areas through the following:
First: announcing a presidential scholarship for the youth of the Islamic world, focusing on Egypt’s position as a center with great experience in training on innovation mechanisms and creating a supportive environment for innovators and creators, and adopting the outcomes The presidential grant – the pilot project – where the number of “100 grants” is integrated into it so that it is possible to evaluate and measure the effectiveness of the grant and the success of its outcomes, and to monitor its impact and importance as an essential component of the ability of the Arab Republic of Egypt to develop programs specialized in innovation and prepare talented cadres in all countries of the Islamic world.”
Second: launching the Fund to Support Gifted and Innovative People in the Islamic World, which aims to enhance and support the capabilities of gifted and innovators in the stages of pre-university, university and post-university education and researchers, and to sponsor them, finance projects to enhance their capabilities, provide grants and prizes to them, and hold competitions in all areas of ISESCO’s work. As well as coordination between member states in establishing a supportive environment for researchers and innovators in cooperation with institutions and concerned bodies, to adopt their research and innovative ideas, such as banks, companies and others, in addition to working to create opportunities for partnership between talented people, innovators and financing bodies. To implement projects based on the implementation of their research or innovative ideas.
Third: “The Youth Council of the Islamic World Countries,” which is one of the means of the qualifying model for innovation in support of the various fields of ISESCO, explaining that this council aims to support and support young people in the areas of work of ISESCO, and provides awareness and development for young people, in order to motivate them to Participation in integrated development in all countries of the Islamic world; To contribute to achieving the sustainable development goals that ISESCO is working to achieve.”
Dr. Mustafa Madbouly further explained that the Youth Council of the Islamic World Countries also works as a platform that embraces creative youth, instills hope in them, and invests in their energies to prepare promising young Arab and Islamic leaders, through the sectors and specializations of ISESCO, in addition to providing studies and surveys related to the youth of the Islamic world, to help Decision makers create policies that suit their needs.
At the conclusion of his speech, the Prime Minister stressed the importance of solidarity and peace as a basic culture necessary to create an environment supportive of development and prosperity, as well as the importance of all of us cooperating, to give young people everything they need to be influential and effective in their societies, to be decision-makers, and to be able to bear national and social responsibilities, as well as The importance of strengthening confidence in them to shape the features of the near future, which we hope for is a future full of giving, development and well-being, worthy of the aspirations of our societies and the visions and ambitions of young people.
The ceremony concluded with an art performance by a choir of young people from the Islamic world in Arabic, English and French, which reflected pride in youth and their ability to defy difficulties in order to build a bright and prosperous future for all.