Isesco Prizes

Prizes in Education

ISESCO prize of literacy and non-formal education
  • Soumeiya Centre for Women and Girls Literacy in Mali wins ISESCO 2016 Prize for Literacy and Non-formal Education
  • Soumeiya Centre for Women and Girls Literacy in the Republic of Mali was awarded ISESCO 2016 Prize for Literacy and Non-formal Education, in recognition of its active role and outstanding efforts in women and girls literacy as well as for its support to non-formal education programmes in Mali.ISESCO has dedicated its Prize for this year to civil society organizations working in the field of literacy and non-formal education in French-speaking Member States.Established in 2008, in Bamako, Mali, Soumeiya Centre is one of the active civil society associations in the Republic of Mali. Its action focuses on spreading and publicizing Islamic culture through implementing a large number of literacy programmes in Arabic for the benefit of women. The educational and charitable activities of the Centre benefit many needy children, orphans and widows in Mali.

    For the record, Soumeiya Centre had, in 2014, received the Literacy Prize organized by the Network for Literacy and Language Centres in Mali.

    It is worth mentioning that ISESCO awards its Literacy Prize each year to civil society associations active in this area, alternately, in Arab-, French- and English-speaking Member States. In 2015, the International Center for Islamic Culture and Education (ICICE) in the Federal Republic of Nigeria won this Prize which was dedicated to English-speaking Member States.

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ISESCO prize of literacy
  • On the occasion of the commemoration of the International Literacy Day: 2013 ISESCO Literacy Prize awarded to a Nigerien NGO
  • ISESCO Director General, Dr Abdulaziz Othman Altwaijri, awarding 2013 ISESCO Literacy Prize at the opening session of the Organization’s 34th Executive Council (Rabat, Kingdom of Morocco, 7/10/2013).prize_niger
  • 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 2012 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
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  • 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 2010 to woman-centered organization, Guineaprize2
  • 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.
  • Educational institution in Pakistan wins ISESCO Literacy Prize, 2009
  • The (Literacy for All) programme of the Elementary Education Foundation (EEF) of Pakistan was granted ISESCO Literacy Prize.
    This year’s prize was dedicated to one leading literacy programme in English-speaking Member States, whereas the last two years’ prize was given to literacy research works in Arab and Francophone Member States. The EEF (Literacy for All) programme, launched in 2004, aims among other things to enhance the reading, writing and counting skills of women, in particular, in literacy centres, mosques and Quranic schools in Pakistan. The LFA project also serves in developing post-literacy programmes in Pakistan, with special focus laid on Islamic principles, physical education, health, environment, as well as community and economic development.

  • ISESCO Literacy Prize goes to NGO “Solidarité 2000” from Niger

  • The 2007 edition of ISESCO Literacy Prize dedicated to the leading literacy projects in the Member States was awarded to the NGO “Solidarité 2000” from the Republic of Niger.
    Since it was founded in 2003, “Solidarité 2000” has been operating in the field of literacy, using the national languages written in Arabic script as well as the Arabic language. Women are the main target group of the organisation’s activities which it carries out in association with the government under the Programme for Developing Informal Education in Niger (DRODEN).
    The winning NGO is supervising an anti-AIDS multi-sector programme in Niger.

Prizes in Science and Technology

ISESCO Science and Technology Laureates

Prizes in Culture

ISESCO Prizes during Islamic Culture Capitals Celebrations
  • As part of its keen interest in stimulating literary and artistic creation, ISESCO devoted prizes to celebrate talented teachers, researchers and artists, since the launch in 2005 of the Programme of Islamic Culture Capitals for the Arab, African and Asian Regions. The prizes, announced at the beginning of the year of celebration, are dedicated to literary and artistic works on the celebrated capitals.
    Based on a fixed set of criteria, the jury announces the winners who receive their awards at a ceremony marking the close of the celebration year.
  • ISESCO’s prizes for the best literary and artistic works on Conakry awarded (2012)
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  • ISESCO’s prizes for the best literary and artistic works on Conakry were awarded during the official ceremony held, on Wednsday 08/02/2012, in the Guinean capital at the close of celebrations of this city as the 2011 Islamic culture capital for the African region.
    The prizes went to Mr Mamadi Koba Camara for his academic lecture on the history of Conakry; Mr Moustapha Traore in the field of handicrafts; and Mr Ismaël Diallo in the field of plastic arts. As for the prize of the best university research, it was awarded to Miss Aïssatou Bobo Balde.
    It is worth mentioning that ISESCO dedicates each year prizes for the best literary and artistic works to creative persons, students and researchers in the celebrated Islamic culture capitals.
  • ISESCO prizes for best literary and artistic works, Tlemcen 2011
  • prixThe seventh Islamic Conference of Culture Ministers on Sunday 18/12/2011 in Algiers closed its opening session with the awarding of ISESCO prizes for best literary and artistic works on Tlemcen Capital of Islamic Culture 2011 in the Arab region.
    Recipients of ISESCO prizes in the areas of “research in traditional garment in Tlemcen”, “restoration of Islamic architecture in Tlemcen” and “anthropological research on Sufi scholar Sidi Boumediene” went to Mrs Leyla Belkaid, Mr Abdessamad Chiali, and Dr Zaim Khenchlaoui, respectively. Dr Abdelaziz Ferrah also won ISESCO prize for his book “Tlemcen: A sacred city”.
  • ISESCO Prizes for Literary Creation, Moroni 2010
  • As part of the celebration of Moroni as the 2010 Islamic Culture Capital for the African region, ISESCO awarded the following prizes :
    Prize for Best Literary Work Written on Moroni by Researchers: It was awarded to Dr Suwayf Al-Badawi.Prize for Best Literary Work Written on Moroni by Students: It was awarded to Ms Afritan Rima.

    Prize for Best Artistic Production on Moroni: It was awarded to Mr Salim Al-Amir.

  • ISESCO Prizes for Handicrafts and Arabic Calligraphy, Dushanbe 2010
  • As part of the celebration of Dushanbe as the 2010 Islamic Culture Capital for the Asian region, ISESCO awarded the following prizes :-ISESCO Prize for Best Handicraft Product: The first prize was awarded to Mr Hassinuv Abdel Mannan, and the second prize was given to Mr Waliyov Dharif.

    -ISESCO Prize for Arabic Calligraphy: The first prize went to Mr Hassinov Hakim, the second to Mr Mounir Bikan, and the third to Mr Hakbir Diyo Merza Muhieddine.

  • ISESCO Prizes for Literary and Artistic Creativity and Holy Quran Memorization, N’djamena 2009
  • As part of the celebration of N’djamena as the 2009 Islamic Culture Capital for the African region, ISESCO awarded the following prizes :-Best Artistic Production on the City of N’djamena: It was awarded in equal parts to Mr Anouar Al-Moudir Mohammad, and Mr Zakaria Yahya Bachir

    -ISESCO Prize for the Holy Quran Memorization: It was won by Ms Zuroua Omar Abu Bakr.

    -Best Literary Work on the City of N’djamena: It was won by Mr Abderrahman Omar Al-Mahi.

  • ISESCO Prizes for Child Literature, Plastic Arts and Tapestry Works, Kairouan 2009
  • On the occasion of its 10th General Conference and as part of the celebration of Kairouan as the Islamic Culture Capital for 2009 for the Arab region, ISESCO awarded its Prizes for the best works in child literature, plastic arts and tapestry, to encourage winners to carry on their creative works.
    The list of Prize Winners goes as follows :-Kairouan tapestry works: Fatima Ramadani (first prize); Aziza Slaoui (second prize); and Dawla Al-Abidi (third prize).

    -Plastic arts: Asmae Mnawwar (first prize); Um al-Khir Hamada (second prize); and Amina Masmoudi (third prize).

    -Child Literary works: “Dar Al-Jayl Al-Jadid Li-Nachr wa Sahafa wa Al-Ish’haar” (for English: New Generation Institution for Publishing, Journalism and Advertising), a publishing house.

    -The awarding of ISESCO prize for scientific, literary and artistic achievement is part of the Programme on Islamic Culture Capitals.

  • ISESCO Prizes for Creative Persons, Dakar 2007
  • Senegal’s Former Minister of Culture, Professor Hassane Seck, won ISESCO first Prize for his research on the city of Dakar, while the second Prize went to his fellow citizen, sculptor Issa Diop, for his remarkable contribution to the embellishment of the city of Dakar. Meanwhile Papa Moussa Ndaoe, a student, has won the third Prize for his research paper on the history of Dakar between 1885 and 1914.
    The winners received their awards at a ceremony marking the end of the activities implemented in the city as part of its celebration as the 2007 Capital of Islamic Culture for the African Region.
    The awarding ceremony was attended by ISESCO Director General Dr Abdulaziz Othman Altwaijri, and Secretary General of the World Islamic Call Society Dr Ahmed Mohamed Sharif, along with several Senegalese government officials and different personalities from the academic, scientific and cultural spheres.
  • ISESCO Prizes for Literary, Scientific and Artistic Creation, Fez 2007
  • The names of the winners of the Prize for Literary, Scientific and Artistic Creation, devoted by ISESCO to talented persons from Fez, on the occasion of its selection as the 2007 Islamic Culture Capital for the Arab region, were announced. The prizes went to Ms Jouhara Filali, Professor at Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah University in Fez, for scientific creativity; Mr Ahmed Ourabi, a poet, for literature; and Mr Hassan Alaoui, a painter, for artistic achievement.
    ISESCO, in collaboration with the Regional Department of the Culture Ministry in Fez, had selected a jury presided by Dr Abderrahman Tankul, Dean of the Faculty of Letters at the Fez University of Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah, Dr Abdesalam El-Moussaoui, Head of the Cultural Department of the Regional Academy for Education and Training, and Dr Mohamed Boudouik, Head of the Private Education Department at the same academy. The ceremony was supervised by Mr Rachid Moumni, the General Coordinator of Fez Celebration as the 2007 Islamic Culture Capital for the Arab region.
    The prizes were distributed on a celebration ceremony held on 28 December 2007, in the Moroccan city of Fez, to mark the end of the activities implemented throughout the year, to celebrate Fez, as the Islamic Culture Capital for 2007.
  • ISESCO Prizes for Talented Children, Fez 2007
  • ISESCO took part in Fez Festival for Children’s Creations, which was opened in Fez on 27 May 2007, under the patronage of H.R.H. Princess Lalla Meryem, sister of King Mohammed VI of Morocco. During this event, ISESCO awarded 6 prizes to the winning children for theatre, poetry, popular Arabic poetry, plastic arts, painting, sculpture and handicrafts.
    This festival, held on the occasion of the national day of the child, was part of the celebrations of Fez as the 2007 Islamic Culture Capital for the Arab region.
  • ISESCO Prizes for Cultural Works, Timbuktu 2006
  • The jury of ISESCO Prize for Best Cultural Works announced, in Timbuktu, the spiritual capital of the Republic of Mali, the names of the prize winners, within the framework of the festivities organized in December 2006, to mark the end of the celebration programme of the city as the 2006 Islamic Culture Capital for the African region.
    The Qur’an Recitation and Memorization Prize was awarded to Ahmed Ould Mohamed Lamine, the Literary Work Prize was given to Salah Abouji, and the Painting and Artistic Production Prize went to Modi Camara.
  • ISESCO Prize for Piano Interpretation, Rabat 2006
  • Nadia Dandashi, a Saudi girl, won ISESCO Prize for Young Talented Pianists, in the International Piano Competition, organized in Rabat, on 11 July 2006, under the patronage of H.R.H. Princess Lalla Meryem, Sister of King Mohammed VI of Morocco.
    It is worth mentioning that ISESCO participated in this competition through covering the costs for the participation of Ms Nadia Abboushi, a renowned musician and pianist from Ramallah, in the jury.
  • ISESCO Prize for Islamic Studies, Esfahan 2006
  • The Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) declared that three thinkers and authors have won its Prize for Islamic Studies. The prize, given in collaboration with the Islamic Culture and Relations Organization in the Islamic Republic of Iran, aims to stimulate scientific research, publicize contemporary Islamic works and promote cultural exchange among Member States.
    This prize went to Dr Taha Abderrahmane from Morocco, for his book in Arabic “The Question of Morals”; Dr Seyyed Hossein Nasr from Iran, for his book in Persian “The Heart of Islam”; and Sheikh Abdallah Jwadi El Amli, for his book in Persian “The Interpretation of Tasnim”.

Prizes in Information and Communication

Prizes in Information and Communication
  • ISESCO Prize for Redressing Misconceptions about Islam and Muslims -2012-
  • botaynaAs part of celebrating its 30th anniversary, and in line with its action plan for 2010-2012, especially the part related to supporting university research and encouraging researcher professors, ISESCO has announced the winner of its Prize for Media Studies and Researches to Redress Misconceptions about Islam and Muslims. A host of universities members of the Federation of the Universities of the Islamic World (FUIW), representing the three geographical regions ISESCO operates in, from Morocco, Egypt, Sudan, Senegal, Nigeria, Pakistan and Malaysia, participated in the competition. After studying the nominations, the jury announced that the winner of the prize is Dr Bouthaina Ahmad Abu al-Majd Issa, from the Arab Republic of Egypt. The winner is an English Literature Professor at the Faculty of Humanities in Al-Azhar University, in Cairo, and she received the prize for her research on Stereotypes about Islam and Muslims in English Literature. In her research, she used numerous literary references and works. She also examined the reasons behind creating negative stereotypes about Islam as a religion and culture, the Islamic law (Shariaa), the history of Islam and the messenger of Islam (PBUH). Likewise, she cited some studies that raised suspicions about the message of Islam and the revelation, and highlighted the stereotypes produced about the Islamic countries and how they were described by orientalists, historians and writers. Dr Bouthaina ascribed the reasons of producing stereotypes about Islam to three factors, namely hatred, ignorance and misunderstanding of Islam and its civilization. At the end of her research paper, Dr Bouthaina concluded that the creation of stereotypes about Islam in the West comes from its need to create an imaginary enemy as reflected by the many western literary and orientalist works in this connection.
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