ISESCO has one (1) regional office, two (2) delegations, four (4) educational centres and three (3) regional centres for audiovisual and multimedia training and production. These are as follows:
Regional Centres and Delegations
ISESCO Regional Office in Sharjah :
- Dr Obaid Saif Al-Hajiri,
Director of ISESCO
Regional Office, Sharjah
Postal address : P.O. Box: 24244 Emirate of Sharjah, State of the United Arab Emirates
ISESCO Regional Office in Tehran :
- Dr Abbas Sadri
Tel : (+9821) 8831 6288 / 8882 3274
Fax : (+9821) 8831 6287
WebSite : www.isesco-tehran.org
Postal address :ISESCO Regional Office in Tehran 43, Kalantari St, Sepahbod Garani Avenue, 1584714411. Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran
ISESCO Delegation to UNESCO:
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Postal address : Délégation de l’ISESCO auprès de l’UNESCO Batiment 7 bonvin,
B3.14 et 15 1, Rue Miollis 75732 Paris Cedex 15 République Française
ISESCO Delegation to the Comoros:
- Postal address : Délégation de l’ISESCO aux Comores P.O. Box: 1368
Moroni, Union des Comores
ISESCO Educational Centre in Chad:
In line with what is stipulated in the Charter and action plans of the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) concerning the need “To devise plans and support the appropriate projects in order to develop Islamic culture and publicize it, and to disseminate the teaching of Arabic to non-Arabic speakers all over the world, being the language of the Holy Quran”, ISESCO Regional Educational Centre in the Republic of Chad was established as part the project of “ISESCO Educational Centres” which was approved by ISESCO 5th General Conference (Damascus, November 1994). The centre’s legal status, functions, working mechanisms and programmes were specified by virtue of an agreement signed between the Organization and the Government of the Republic of Chad in November 1996.
Being aware of the importance of this major educational and civilizational project, ISESCO worked with several partners and donors to provide adequate human and financial resources to the centre. The efforts were geared toward helping Chad build its national capacities in Arabic education, implementing the bilingualism policy (Arabic – French) that the country adopted in its educational system, following the Chadian National Council’s educational strategy which called for the arabization of public education curricula to achieve bilingualism.
- 1. Goals of the Centre
The centre works on achieving the following goals:
Contribute to achieving bilingualism that Chad aspires for and serve the Arabic language;
Train Arabic and bilingual schools’ teachers and upgrade their educational and professional capacities;
Help prepare curricula and research works and studies pertaining to training and to designing and producing educational materials;
Promote Quranic and Arabic Islamic schools,
Teach Arabic to non-Arabic speakers;
Encourage and support educational, academic, cultural, and media activities using Arabic as a medium in Chad.
- 2. The Centre’s governing bodies
ISESCO General Secretariat is in charge of supervising the centre’s programmes and monitoring its administrative, financial and academic management. At the local level, the Centre’s administrative team is composed of a director, deputy director, administrative assistants, and an accountant. The centre also has an academic council composed of 7 members, which is in charge of supervising academic affairs; approving school curricula and syllabi, and systems of admission, studies, and examination; and granting diplomas. Besides, the Centre has an expert committee which supervises curricula and syllabi design.
The Centre’s administrative and academic management staff is entirely Chadian. It also employs 26 Chadian professors specialized in teacher training and 3 professors of Arabic to non-Arabic speakers.
- 3. The Centre’s annual programmes
Every year, the Centre implements two main programmes: the programme of Arabic teacher training for elementary school, and teaching Arabic to French-speaking administrative officials in Chad.
The Centre also organizes educational training sessions and workshops at the national and regional levels for the benefit of Arabic teachers in Chad and neighboring countries.
The Arabic teacher training for elementary school programme benefits 250 to 400 teachers holding a high school diploma. The programme is implemented in N’Djamena Centre (the main centre) and Abéché centre and is supervised by a work group of professors specialized in general pedagogy and other educational subjects who monitor the educational and specialized training of these teachers.
The training is nine-month long, from early October to late June. The trainees benefit from the annual practicum in April where they experience teaching Arabic in Islamic Arabic schools in N’Djamena and Abéché and practice the different teaching methods and techniques. As for the final exam to obtain the Arabic teaching diploma, it is administered in July and supervised by an academic council accredited by the official Chadian authorities. The diploma is equivalent to the certificate that Chadian training institutes offer and qualifies its holders to be recruited by the Ministry of Education in Chad.
As for teaching Arabic to French-speaking administrative officials in Chad programme, it benefits 640 French-speaking Chadian administrative officials and professionals who work in the different administrations and ministries and trained at the educational centers in N’Djamena, Bongor, Sarh and Moundou.
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Postal address : P.O. Box: (5140) N’Djamena, République du Tchad
ISESCO Educational Centre in Guinea:
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Postal address : 964, Conakry, Republic of Guinea
ISESCO Educational Centre in the State of Selangor, Malaysia:
In accordance with the agreement signed by the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) and Selangor International Islamic University College to establish and host ISESCO Educational Centre in Malaysia, and giving effect to the provisions of the agreement which sets forth the respective obligations of ISESCO and Selangor College to achieve the desired objectives behind the establishment of this centre, the centre started gradually implementing its programmes and activities starting from January 2016, focusing on a finalized definition of its areas of intervention and competence in the following years, in order to contribute to promoting the status of Arabic in Malaysia, in particular, and countries of Southeast Asia, in general.
- I The Centre’s goals
Help educational officials and supervisors in the field of teaching Arabic in Malaysia and non-Arab Asian countries hone their expertise and develop their educational skills, in a bid to enable the targeted countries to build their endogenous capacities in this field.
Offer pedagogical training for Arabic teachers in Malaysia and countries of Southeast Asia.
Contribute to developing existing curricula and syllabi of teaching Arabic in the targeted countries.
Further disseminate the values and principle of the Islamic culture of middle stance.
Provide the opportunity for all Malaysians to learn Arabic based on an adequate methodology.
- II Countries targeted by the Centre’s programmes
Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Brunei Darussalam, China, Taiwan, the Philippines, Cambodia, Vietnam, Myanmar, Laos, and Sri Lanka.
- III Focus areas
1 Educational training and continuous training:it is the Centre’s main work area. It targets in-service teachers, educational programmes and curricula designers, school counselors, educational supervisors of Arabic, and final-year university students majoring in Arabic language. The activities within this focus area aimed at developing the beneficiaries’ knowledge, expertise, and educational skills in the field of teaching Arabic to non-Arabic speakers. The activities are implemented according to a practical training policy adopted by specialized training experts, based on the best educational approaches, the most successful teaching methods and the latest language teaching materials.
2 Teaching Arabic for all:in the later stages, evening courses of Arabic will be given to all people desiring to learn standard Arabic and master its language skills, under short advanced sessions (6 weeks for example) or medium term sessions (3 to 6 months)
3 General knowledge:prominent university professors and researchers deliver lectures throughout the year on the different issues relating to Arabic language and Islamic Arabic culture. Under the same focus area, book fairs and exhibitions of Arabic publications and Arabic calligraphy are organized, especially during celebrations including the annual celebration of World Arabic Language Day on 18 December.
4 Theoretical studies, and educational curricula tools:this focus area focuses on supporting the preparation of academic studies, educational research works, and teaching programmes, curricula and tools to suit the learning environment of the Eastern Asia and cater for its needs.
- IV Activities
1 Promote the skills of educational professionals through the organization of two regional workshops for workers in teaching Arabic to non-Arabic speakers in Southeast Asian countries:In order to promote the educational skills of professionals working in the field of teaching Arabic in Southeast Asia countries, ISESCO Educational Centre in Malaysia hosts two workshops annually: one in the first half of the year and another in the second half.
2 Organize lectures on academic, educational, and cultural topics pertaining to the Arabic language and Arabic Islamic culture:The Centre periodically organizes academic, educational, or cultural lectures on Arabic language, arts and its past and future roles, as well as the cultural contributions of the Arabic and Islamic culture throughout history and in modern times through its interaction with contemporary issues. These lectures are presented by a group of prominent university professors, researchers and intellectuals, Arabs and Malaysian Arabists alike. Professors of Arabic, researchers and university students majoring in Arabic are invited to attend these lectures. Each lecture is followed by a discussion between the lecturer and the participants.
3 Support research works and specialized studies in the field of Arabic to non-Arabic speakers: The Centre provides a library dedicated to references on Arabic to non-Arabic speakers for the benefit of researchers and students to enable them to conduct their university research works related to the educational, academic, or cultural and civilizational dimensions of Arabic.
4 Organize exhibitions, contests and prizes in the field of Arabic to non-Arabic speakers:On cultural and religious occasions, the Centre organizes book fairs for Arabic books and Arabic calligraphy. It also organizes contests for Arabic language students in the different levels (university, secondary and primary) in writing essays or poems in Arabic, Arabic elocution and Arabic calligraphy, media productions in Arabic or any other field of creation. Prizes are granted to these contests’ winners.
5 Celebrate World Arabic Language Day:Every year, on 18 December, the Centre organizes a variety of cultural activities (one or more lectures, book fair, Arabic calligraphy exhibition, literary, linguistic, cultural, general knowledge contest, etc) in celebration of the World Arabic Language Day. A number of officials, politicians, educational professionals, professors and students of the different specialties are invited to the ceremony to introduce them to the aspects of Arabic as a language and its culture.
6 Teaching Arabic for all, especially adults:In 2016, the Centre started examining the different aspects of organizing an evening educational programme to be hosted by the Centre for the benefit of adults wishing to learn Arabic (the estimated number of learners, the duration of each term, the number of teachers, the adequate textbook and learning tools, the suggested educational approach, the expected outcomes, etc).
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Postal address : Tingkat 2, Bangunan Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah 40 000 Shah Alam
Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia
ISESCO Center of Excellence for Adult Training and non-Formal Education Niamey, Republic of Niger:
- In a bid to strengthen the capacities of staff in charge of literacy and non-formal education in Africa, ISESCO and the Ministry of National Education of the Republic of Niger signed an agreement on 11 June 2009, regarding the establishment of ISESCO Regional Center for Training on Literacy (CRIFCA) within the Center for Literacy Staff Training (CFCA). Besides training literacy supervisors over the academic period of one year, CRIFCA sought to reinforce the professional skills of literacy and non-formal education staff in African Member States, through customized annual advanced sessions and workshops.
In this respect, between 2009 and 2011, 14 senior literacy and non formal education officials from 11 African countries benefitted from literacy supervisors training that tackled the following topics: literacy methods and techniques, communication techniques, economics of education, administrative writing, mathematics/statistics, research methodology, computer science and andragogy. Along with theoretical training, participants also benefitted from practical field training in villages, and wrote and presented end of training reports. Likewise, several customized training sessions were organized at CRIFCA for the benefit of African literacy and non formal education staff.
Pursuing its objectives for reinforcing the capacities of literacy and non formal education staff, and taking account of the institutional changes at the Center for Training on Literacy, renamed the Training Institute on Literacy and Non Formal Education (IFAENF) and all the new academic functions that come with that, ISESCO and the Ministry of Primary Education, Literacy, the Promotion of National Languages and Civic Education of the Republic of Niger signed, on 13 October 2014, an agreement regarding the labeling of IFAENF as “ISESCO Center of Excellence for Adult Training and non-Formal Education”. Training at this Center of Excellence is part of a two-year degree training the Professional MA 1 degree in adult learning in the first year, and Professional MA 2 degree in adult education in the second year.
Courses of professional MA 1 and 2 offer, on the one hand, theoretical modules on the foundations of literacy and non formal education such as the history of education, the socio-cultural bases of adult and adolescents education in Africa, the policies and strategies of the African institutions regarding adult and adolescent education in Africa, national policies and programmes for adult and adolescent education in Africa, the issue of adult and adolescent education, lifelong learning, adult education and development, subject didactics of adult education, etc.
On the other hand, MA 1 and 2 programmes also include practical modules called: practicums “adolescents and adults in training”. In this regard, based on these practicums, participants are trained in the following areas: designing literacy and non formal education modules, planning, management, follow up and evaluation of programmes, adolescent and adult education, research methodology, and linguistics applied to national languages, etc.
At the successful completion of MA 1 programme in adult education, graduates are granted the title of literacy supervisor. As such literacy supervisors are able to design and implement literacy and non formal education programmes at the national level in their countries.
In the same vein, the successful completion of MA 2 programme entitles graduates to become senior literacy supervisors. Holders of this diploma will have greater openness to the regional and international platforms in fields of design, implementation, supervision as well as research in literacy and adult education.
In addition to adult education MA 1 and 2 programmes, ISESCO carries out at its Center of Excellence customized training sessions on current themes in the field of literacy and non formal education.
- Postal address : Centre d’Excellence de l’ISESCO pour la Formation des Adultes et l’Education Non Formelle :Niamey, République du Niger BP :13852
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Regional Audio-Visual and Multimedia Training and Production Centres
ISESCO Regional Audio-Visual and Multimedia Training and Production Centre for the Arab Region, Damascus, Syrian Arab Republic:
- Tel : (963-11) 3317973 – 3318527
Fax : (963-11) 3328054
ISESCO Regional Audio-Visual and Multimedia Training and Production Centre for the African Region, Khartoum, Republic of the Sudan:
- WebSite : www.sacs.educ.sd
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Tel : +24983246203
Fax : +24983230985
ISESCO Regional Audio-Visual and Multimedia Training and Production Centre for the Asian Region, Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran:
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Tel : +9821 22041093
Fax : +9821 22014802