ISESCO announces winners of Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum – ISESCO Prize

MARRAKESH, 8th April, 2019 (WAM) — The Islamic Development Bank, IsDB, the Emirates Red Crescent, ERC, and the Munib R. Masri Development Foundation, MDF, have been announced the winners of the 1st cycle of Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum – ISESCO Prize For Voluntary Development of Education Facilities in the Islamic World.

Dr Abdulaziz Othman Altwaijri, Director General of the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, ISESCO, made the announcement during a press conference held here which was attended by Dr Khalifa Alsuwaidi, member of the Award’s Board of Trustees, and a number of representatives of local, Arab and international media outlets.

Dr Altwaijri said the IsDB has been recognised for its Fael Khair (philanthropist) programme, funded by the King Abdullah Foundation; the ERC for its School Project in the UAE-Jordan Refugee Camp; and the MDF for its IT Faculty Project at Birzeit University and other education projects in Palestine.

Dr Altwaijri stated that the objectives of the prize are in harmony with those of the organisation’s charter that calls for the activation of the principles of solidarity to foster cooperation between Member States toward the development of education, science, culture and communication. He also stressed that the education sector in the Islamic world faces huge challenges that can only be faced through ensuring concerted efforts by government institutions and civil society organizations, incentivizing researchers, financing academic studies and revisiting curricula and teacher training programmes.

Dr Alsuwaidi stated that H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and Minister of Finance, instituted the prize in 2017 to motivate those involved in volunteering initiatives and charity work in the field of education to develop educational facilities in the Islamic world and honour the distinguished ones among them.

Every two years, the prize rewards three winners of individuals or institutions contributing to the development of educational facilities in Islamic countries. The value of the prize is US$300,000. Every winner receives a certificate and a reward of $100,000 to be employed in the development of charitable work, especially support of educational facilities.


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