14th Summer University for Young Moroccans Living Abroad Kicks Off in Rabat

The 14th Summer University for Young Moroccans Living Abroad, which provides a forum for meetings and exchanges between these young generations and their homeland, opened on Monday in Rabat.Organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperat…

The 14th Summer University for Young Moroccans Living Abroad, which provides a forum for meetings and exchanges between these young generations and their homeland, opened on Monday in Rabat.

Organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccan Expatriates (Moroccan Exparts Department), this initiative, which runs until August 1, 2023, is part of the Department’s programs to strengthen the identity of new generations of Moroccan emigrants.

This year’s event will see the participation of 300 young Moroccans living in over 30 countries, 66% of whom are female students aged between 18 and 25 and studying at various universities and colleges.

The Summer University is an ideal opportunity for these young Moroccans living abroad to meet, exchange ideas and discover first-hand the richness of their country of origin, in particular its history, culture and value system based on dialogue and tolerance, while at the same time enabling them to find out about major strategic projects and discover Morocco’s cultural, economic and tourist assets.

Through this initiative, these young people will have the opportunity to become acquainted with the Moroccan value system, which advocates dialogue between cultures and religions, enshrines the principle of responsible citizenship and is committed to universal human values.

Speaking at the event, Ismail Lamghari, Secretary General of the Department of Moroccan Expatriates, said that this initiative, which forms part of the implementation of the national strategy for the diaspora, had become an annual event for this category of Moroccan society, with the aim of strengthening their ties to their country of origin and preserving their national identity, as well as promoting their integration in host countries.

The more this category is culturally attached to the Kingdom, the more it will have an interest in investing in it and contributing to the development projects launched, he said.

In this respect, Lamghari called on these young Moroccans to represent their country as they should and to promote its rich cultural heritage, while highlighting the advances made by the Kingdom in various fields, stressing that the qualitative reforms Morocco is undergoing require the contribution of these expatriate skills to development projects and their involvement in defending its interests with host countries.

For his part, Ahmed Abbadi, Secretary General of the Mohammadia Rabita of Ulema, spoke of the civilizational heritage that consolidates ties with the mother country and the attachment to its values, which aim to immunize young people against hate speech and extremism.

In his speech on how Morocco became a land of coexistence between cultures and religions, Abbadi saw the initiative as an opportunity for young Moroccans living in Morocco or abroad to discover the Kingdom’s intellectual, cultural and civilizational riches, and to learn about the projects and worksites launched in several regions.

In this respect, he invited the beneficiaries of this summer university to convey a radiant image of the country, to represent it with dignity in the host countries and to open up to Moroccan culture founded on the values of tolerance, moderation and citizenship.

The Summer University program includes visits to historic sites in Rabat, as well as conferences, thematic workshops and meetings focusing on investment in Morocco, the New Development Model and the latest developments in the Sahara affair, in addition to issues of interest to the younger generations of the Moroccan diaspora.

Source: Agency Morocaine De Presse

Qatar Foundation Organizes Ladies Night at Education City Stadium

Qatar Foundation’s Ladies Night is set to return this week for another special edition at the Education City Stadium, where woman and girls from across the country can come together for an evening of fun, fitness, and community.The air-conditioned lad…

Qatar Foundation’s Ladies Night is set to return this week for another special edition at the Education City Stadium, where woman and girls from across the country can come together for an evening of fun, fitness, and community.

The air-conditioned ladies-only space – which was one of the venues for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 – will feature a range of activities, from Pilates to functional fitness, and as well as organized runs that stretch across a variety of distances, such as 3 km and 5 km. The upcoming QF Ladies Night will be held from 18:00-22:00 on Wednesday, July 19.

At Ladies Night, there will also be a range of offerings for children, such as football games, puzzles, and a clay modelling competition, as well as food and drink vendors including Pinkberry. Visitors can also browse the Education City Gift Shop. The event is open to all women and girls, as well as boys aged nine years and under.

“We really enjoyed the Pilates session with Evo Active, alongside the other activities that were on offer,” said Yasmine Dehbi, captain of the women’s national rugby team, who attended the first Ladies Night organized by QF at the stadium in June.

“As a rugby national team, it’s great for us to be active in different ways, and this event allows us to try new things,” she said, adding that Qatar Foundation is changing the game for women in Qatar by making this fantastic space – a World Cup venue – available for women to be active and play sport together.

Source: Qatar News Agency

Education Above All Condemns Attack on Ugandan School, Urges International Action to Uphold Right to Safe, Quality Education

The global education foundation, Education Above All (EAA) strongly condemned the attack by armed groups on a school in Western Uganda. The exact number of casualties is not confirmed, but reports suggest that nearly 40 people, mostly students have bee…

The global education foundation, Education Above All (EAA) strongly condemned the attack by armed groups on a school in Western Uganda. The exact number of casualties is not confirmed, but reports suggest that nearly 40 people, mostly students have been killed. The school was burnt and some students were abducted.

This recent attack on a school follows last week’s attack on a village in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) on the border with Uganda. The deliberate targeting of students and educational facilities is a serious escalation in the conflict in Uganda and the DRC, the Foundation’s statement read.

The statement called for those who deliberately attacked education to be held accountable. The international community must insist that all parties to the conflict adhere to international law and respect schools as safe places where students and teachers can learn, teach and play, it added.

Attacks on education have the potential for longer term harm to education systems and the provision of education to children and young people in Uganda, DRC and Eastern Africa.

Executive Director of Educate A Child Programme Dr. Mary Joy Pigozzi stated: “The killing and abduction of children and young people in a school is abhorrent. EAA Foundation will continue to work in conflict affected situations to ensure that the most vulnerable children have access to quality education. EAAs Educate A Child programme has, with its partners, enrolled over 400,000 formerly out of school children at the primary level in Uganda since 2012. Another 150,000 are waiting to enroll.

She wondered about the type of future these young people can see if secondary education holds the promise of the loss of those dear to them, torture, or a gruesome death. The global community must call for an end to all attacks on education and hold perpetrators to account.

Education Above All Foundation condemned all attacks on students and educational institutions, and to prioritize the needs of children during these challenging times, in Uganda and around the world.

The UN Security Council Resolution 2601 which was passed unanimously in October 2021, demonstrates a global consensus that all parties to armed conflict must safeguard the right to education and ensure that schools are protected safe spaces for all.

EAA’s #UniteToProtect campaign aims to raise global awareness of the importance of education and the need to protect the future of the next generations by guaranteeing the right to safe, quality education for every child.

Source: Qatar News Agency

NHRC Participates in Doha International Book Fair with Range of Releases

National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) is participating in Doha International Book Fair within its role in raising citizens and residents’ awareness of rights of all community’s segments.In a statement Saturday, NHRC said that its participation in the …

National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) is participating in Doha International Book Fair within its role in raising citizens and residents’ awareness of rights of all community’s segments.

In a statement Saturday, NHRC said that its participation in the book fair comes within its vision to proceed with protecting and developing human rights in the State of Qatar through propagating human rights culture and increasing cultural audiovisual and printed material to achieve its mission represented in protecting human rights and preserving dignity, mobilizing community’s energy to understand and practice its rights and duties and applying social justice values, tolerance and promoting equality and non-discrimination.

In addition, NHRC’s pavilion showcases all reports that are annually published and address legislative developments and international conventions, human rights situations in the State of Qatar, rights of vulnerable groups, NHRC’s activities, visits, and monitoring, as well as recommendations to improve human rights situations.

The pavilion also addresses many collections of stories, most notably the series of tales of the grandmother’s house, which introduces children to their rights in a streamlined manner for reading through which children can learn their duties and rights, including the discussion of most intricate points children may not comprehend through one of NHRC’s professional or one of their parents and listen to their ideas and experiences.

NHRC showcases numerous releases in many languages about expatriate workers’ rights such as workers’ pocketbook and releases that outline methods of filing complaints.

The pavilion also showcases most crucial releases, including a guide that contains requirements and standards of workers’ interim residence at construction sites to achieve and ensure workers’ rights at those sites. The release comes in of NHRC’s persistent commitment to improve workers’ residence standards in conformity with international standards.

In this context, Director of NHRC Administrative and Financial Affairs Department Hamad Majid Al Marzouqi said the pavilion comes within NHRC’s participation in events that would achieve its strategy within the framework of consolidating cooperation with all governmental miniseries, institutions, and relevant departments, along with the desperate need for making a change that aims to optimize human rights situations.

This year pavilion features miniature art prints for the Calligraphy Exhibition on “Human Rights in Islamic Culture” that creatively connects right to reading with culture and education as one of human rights in international conventions and charters and consolidating this from an Islamic perspective, he said.

Al Marzouqi noted the high turnout from children on the pavilion’s corner dedicated to color works that offers opportunities to children to make colorful works such as drawings through which they can comprehend their rights in a streamlined manner, pointing out that NHRC has designated a corner to raise citizens’ awareness on voting in the Central Municipal Council’s elections within a campaign that was launched to urge citizens to enjoy their rights and practice their duties in selecting their representatives in the elections that are due to be held on Jun. 22.

He added that paper leaflets containing role and functions of the Central Municipal Council are being distributed, including the council’s inception date, its evolution, along with the conditions voters should meet and methods of practicing their electoral right in selecting the council’s members, emphasizing that citizens awareness of the council’s role and goals is imperative to stimulate them for wide and positive engagement.

The Central Municipal Council aims to work through available means for the country’s advancement in municipality affairs, Al Marzouqi outlined, stressing that the council should monitor the enforcement of laws, decisions, regulations and matters pertinent to regulating buildings, land planning, roads, commercial, industrial and public shops, and other regulations which stipulate that the council shall be vested with the power of monitoring the implementation.

Source: Qatar News Agency

Rare Versions of Holy Qur’an Written Via Embroidery Showcased at 32nd Doha International Book Fair

The 32nd edition of Doha International Book Fair currently being held at Doha Exhibition & Convention Center (DECC) features a collection of a rare Holy Qu’ran versions at the artistic level, in terms of calligraphy, writing and historical value.One o…

The 32nd edition of Doha International Book Fair currently being held at Doha Exhibition & Convention Center (DECC) features a collection of a rare Holy Qu’ran versions at the artistic level, in terms of calligraphy, writing and historical value.

One of most outstanding series of the Holy Qu’ran is made by the Syrian artist Mohammad Mahir Hadri written on the black velvet cloth in a style of covering threads of the Holy Kaaba.

In statements to Qatar News Agency (QNA), Syrian calligrapher and embroider Mohammad Mahir Hadri said he has innovated a new style in writing using thread and sewing machine, a new method which is globally unknown in writing the Holy Qu’ran, adding that he had entirely completed the Holy Qur’an to be written by thread and sewing machine for the first time in the world. He pointed out that the overall weight of the Holy Qur’an is 200 kg with the dimension of a roughly one meter high and half a meter wide per page, and took 12 years to be accomplished, he said, with each volume containing two and half parts, while the page itself includes 15 paragraphs.

He added that the Holy Qu’ran is like the predominant copies that were written through Ottoman calligraphy, emphasizing that the value of the Holy Qu’ran prompted him to participate in many international book fairs, as its value is amounted to QR100,000, noting his interest in utilizing embroidery to decorate the frames of the Quran’s pages through counting on many decorative schools, indicating that each volume depended on an artistic decorative school and dominated by Levantine school, then Turkish, Moroccan, and others, outlining that the copy of the Holy Qu’ran was edited and revised by official authorities.

In similar statements to QNA, Sheikh Muhammad Al Yaqoubi from Dar al-Ihsan for publishing and distribution in Iran said the publishing house showcases a set of rare Holy Qur’an versions with a history of more than 500 years at Doha International Book Fair.

Source: Qatar News Agency

Improving Higher Education System Is Essential Lever for Developing Human Capital – Gov’t Chief

Improving the higher education and scientific research system, based on cross-cutting indicators defined at all levels, represents a major lever for promoting the situation of human capital in all sectors, the Head of Government Aziz Akhannouch said o…

Improving the higher education and scientific research system, based on cross-cutting indicators defined at all levels, represents a major lever for promoting the situation of human capital in all sectors, the Head of Government Aziz Akhannouch said on Monday.

Speaking at the monthly policy session in the House of Representatives, which focused on the theme of “higher education”, Akhannouch stressed the importance of enhancing human capital, seeing it as an essential challenge to guarantee the success of the Kingdom’s development trajectories, strengthen citizens’ ability to prepare for the future, and enable the country to strengthen its competitiveness.

He said that the government was taking a special interest in the Moroccan university, with a view to equipping it to meet the major challenges it faces, including the revision of the organizational, human and managerial aspects associated with it.

“The transition to a common future cannot take place in the absence of a solid foundation that ensures the principles of autonomy, equity and innovation, in line with the Royal High Directions aimed at improving the policies and programs adopted and guaranteeing quality service for the benefit of young people,” added the Head of Government.

It is this royal vision that determines the government’s roadmap, particularly with regard to the attractiveness of the education system as a central axis in promoting the situation of young people, reducing unemployment and strengthening integration into the job market, he said, in line with the goals of the strategic vision of framework law no. 51.17.

He pointed out that national universities are still beset by a number of obstacles, linked above all to the level of profitability and the lack of human resources, not to mention certain strategic and organizational challenges.

He said that the drop-out rate from university studies without obtaining a degree in recent years has reached almost 49%, citing an 18.7% increase in the unemployment rate of university graduates in the open access process, compared with 8.5% for regulated or limited access universities, as well as a teaching staffing ratio below internationally recognized indicators, i.e. one teacher for around 120 students in open access faculties.

Source: Agency Morocaine De Presse