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Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organisation (ALECSO)

ALECSO works within the Arab League and is mainly concerned with enhancing and coordinating educational and cultural activities in the Arab world. It was founded in 1970 in accordance with the Arab Cultural Unity Charter with headquarters in Tunis. ALECSO’s Action Plan 2005–10 priorities include: literacy teaching; closing the technological and digital gap between Arab and other countries; enhancing educational systems using modern techniques in teaching and learning; supporting dialogue with other cultures; developing the scientific research system, focusing on fields of priority to the Arab world such as water resources, renewable energy and the environment; preserving the historical heritage; and disseminating and promoting Arab culture internationally.

ALECSO is overseen by a Director General and is made up of constitutional, executive, technical and administrative bodies plus five external bodies that are key to the organisation’s activities.

Contact and Website

Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organisation (ALECSO)
Mohamed Alkhames Street
1120, Tunis
Phone: +216 71 784466
Fax: +216 71 784965
Website: www.alecso.org

Dr Mohamed-El Aziz Ben Achour
Director General
Email: ma.benachour@alecso.org.tn

Education Department
Ahmed Sayed Khalil
Phone: +216 26074000
Email: askhalil59@yahoo.com

Science and Scientific Research Department
Abulgasem El-Badri
Phone: +216 26058000
Email: abulgassemel-badri@alecso.org.tn; ahelbadri2000@yahoo.co.uk

Cultural Department
Rita Awad
Email: r.awad@alecso.org.tn

Arab Centre for Arabisation, Translation, Authorship and Publication, Damascus

Arabisation Coordination Bureau, Rabat

The Arabisation Coordination Bureau was created for the coordination of the efforts of each Arab state in the field of Arabisation of technical terms, in order to make use of the Arab language in everyday life, in all phases of teaching, in every cultural and scientific activity and in the media.

Institute of Arab Manuscripts, Cairo

Founded in 1946, the Institute maintains the heritage of Arab manuscripts through their collection, preservation, restoration indexing, study and use. The Institute collects texts and facilitates their diffusion, provides protection and maintenance for manuscripts, and makes them accessible through indexing and publicity. Using modern know-how it coordinates the scientific study of the manuscripts through investigation and publication.

Website: www.manuscriptsinstitute.org/

Institute of Arab Research and Studies, Cairo

The aims of the Institute, which was founded in 1953, are to form a generation of skilled academics in Arab studies in social sciences (geography, history, politics, economics, social studies, law, language and literature, information/media and education) and to disseminate, publish and debate the results of these studies. The Institute is open to non-Arab people who are fluent in Arabic.

Website: www.iars.net

International Arabic Language Institute, Khartoum

The Institute was founded in 1974 for the teaching of Arab language for non-native speakers both outside the Arab world and in Islamic countries in particular.