Cooperation agreement to establish ISESCO Africa Regional Center for Media Training in Dakar

Dakar: 19/10/2016

Cooperation agreement to establish ISESCO Africa Regional Center for Media Training in Dakar

The Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESSCO) signed today a Cooperation Agreement with the Centre d’Etudes des Sciences et Techniques d’Information (CESTI) at the Centre’s headquarters in Dakar, Senegal concerning the establishment of the ISESCO African Regional Center for Media Training in Senegal.

The CESTI Director, Dr Ibrahima Sarr, signed the agreement already bearing the seal and signature of Dr Amina Al-Hajri, ISESCO Deputy Director General and supervisor of Culture Directorate.

The agreement stipulates that both institutions should cooperate to offer trainings to journalists in the Africa region in fields of print and electronic journalism, radio, television, public relations, media techniques, media enterprises management, and other media and communication-related fields.

The terms of the Agreement also state that the two parties should cooperate on holding training sessions and regional and national workshops for young journalists in French-speaking African Member States, and preparing training sessions and workshops’ modules and programmes, along with the documents, publications and references relating to the training in the above-mentioned fields.

Upon signing the agreement, Dr Mahjoub Bensaid, Director of the ISESCO Information and Communication Centre, visited CESTI’s administrative facilities, classrooms, TV and radio studio, photo lab, newsroom and library. Dr Bensaid also met several of CESTI’s professors to whom he gave a brief presentation of ISESCO, its mission in the fields of information and communication, and the efforts of its Director General, Dr Abdulaziz Othman Altwaijri, to promote the role of media on achieving sustainable development in Member States, awareness-raising about the values of middle-stance and moderate Islam, and counter-extremism action.

The Centre d’Etudes des Sciences et Techniques d’Information was established in 1965 in Dakar by the Senegalese government with support from UNESCO, Canada and France. The centre is a vocational institution for media training that started offering BA, MA and PhD degrees in the different media majors in 2009.

It is worth noting that ISESCO signed a similar Cooperation Agreement in June 2016 with the Sudanese Ministry of Information and Communications to establish the Arab-region Regional Center for Media Training in Khartoum.