Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (ALECSO)

Organisation arabe pour l'éducation, la culture et la science
Organización Arabe para la Educación, la Cultura y la Ciencia
المنظّمة العربيّة للتّربية والثّقافة والعلوم

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1964-05-25 Cairo Egypt


Established when Charter was approved by the Council of D-XD2903 - League of Arab States (LAS), at its 41st Session. Officially established under Article 3 of the Charter for Arab Cultural Unity; creation officially announced 25 Jul 1970, Cairo (Egypt).


Empower intellectual unity between Arab countries through education, culture and science; enhance the level of culture in the region in order to keep up with and contribute to universal civilization.


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/Constitutional Structure/: General Conference (every 2 years), consists of 5 representatives per member state, headed by Minister with responsibility for each state's national commission to ALECSO (usually the Minister of Education). Executive Board (meeting twice a year), comprises one representative from each member state, plus Chairman of General Conference as consultant; meetings may be attended by an aide of the Director General. /Executive Structure/: Director General; Deputy Director General.

/Technical and Administrative Structure/:

1. 'Programme Supporting Services', all in Tunis (Tunisia):

  • Secretariat of Executive Board and General Conference, headed by Secretary General;
  • Office of the Director General;
  • Department of Administrative and Financial Affairs;
  • Department of Communication and Information (including Farabi Data Bank, ALECSO Printing Press and Publication, Distribution Unit and Central Library);
  • Department of Culture;
  • Department of Education;
  • Department of Science and Scientific Research.

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GOAL 4: Quality Education



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