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The Director-General renews cooperation with the AMAR International Charitable Foundation

On 19 December 2008, the Director-General of UNESCO, Mr Koïchiro Matsuura, and Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne, Chairperson of the AMAR International Charitable Foundation and Member of the European Parliament, signed an extension of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) existent between UNESCO and the AMAR Foundation at the Organization’s Headquarters.

The extension of the agreement for another three years aims to further develop joint projects in priority areas, mainly science and culture, in southern Iraq.

During their meeting, Baroness Nicholson presented the Director-General with the results of activities undertaken so far by her Foundation in the framework of the agreement. She indicated that programmes in peace education and adult literacy had been initiated in southern Iraq in August 2006, with the support of UNESCO’s Iraq Office. She noted that 1,759 young Arabs from the region had benefited from this programme so far, the majority of them ranging from 15 and 35 years of age.

The extended MoU should enable the expansion of the peace education and adult literacy programmes to cover up to 15 000 people, under the “Strategy Plan for Adult Literacy in the Southern Iraqi Marshlands” submitted by the AMAR Foundation.

The Director-General, who had just returned from the Education for All (EFA) High-Level Group meeting in Oslo, Norway, provided an overview of the main conclusions of this meeting (see Flash Info N°183-2008) and paid tribute to the continual support from the United Kingdom authorities, especially the UK Department for International Development (DFID), to the Education for All movement.

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Author(s): Office of the Spokesperson - Source: Flash Info N° 184-2008 -  Publication Date: 19-12-2008

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