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Abdulla Ahmed Al Ghurair Appointed Goodwill Ambassador For Education For The Arab League Educational, Cultural And Science Organization (ALECSO
(2 March 2016)

 

The Arab League Educational, Cultural and Science Organization (ALECSO) announced the inauguration of its Goodwill Ambassadorship Program by appointing respected businessman Mr. Abdulla Ahmad Al Ghurair as its first goodwill ambassador for education in the Arab world.

This recognition honors Mr. Abdulla Al Ghurair for his philanthropic contribution to the education space in both the UAE and the Arab world. He donated a third of his wealth to offer greater access to educational opportunities for high-achieving youth who do not have the financial means to complete their higher education. The Abdullah Al Ghurair Education Foundation will offer scholarships and educational programs in the fields of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). The Foundation aims to benefits 15,000 talented students within 10 years with an investment of over $1 billion.

The Secretary General of ALECSO, Dr. Abdulla Ahmad Muhareb wrote to Mr. Al Ghurair from Tunis: “Mr. Al Ghurair’s initiative to establish the Abdulla Al Ghurair Foundation comes at a time when I have called on Arab business families to return to the long-standing Islamic and Arab practice of generous giving in the form of sustainable endowments to support greater access to quality education.”

Commenting on his appointment as the first goodwill ambassador for education in the Arab world, Mr. Abdulla Al Ghurair said: “I am honored and humbled to receive this recognition from such a prestigious institution for its focus on education, culture and science. I feel privileged to be able to help support deserving Emirati and Arab youth complete their education and contribute to the development of their country. The Region is brimming with talented young people. Investing in youth is our best chance at a brighter future for the Arab world.”

The Chairman of the Abdulla Al Ghurair Foundation for Education, His Excellency, AbdulAziz Al Ghurair reiterated his father’s message: “This Foundation will ensure that we continue his legacy and expand on it to bring the best education opportunities possible to young people in the UAE and the Region. The title bestowed on my father by ALECSO will only strengthen his resolve and our efforts”.

The launch of ALECSO’s Goodwill Ambassador program coincides with the opening of its new headquarters, marking a new beginning for the organization that falls under the League of Arab States.

The ceremony which will be held in the Tunisian capital will be in the presence of His Excellency Beji Caid Essebsi, President of Tunisia, His Excellency Dr. Nabil Elaraby, Secretary-General of the Arab League, and a number of other Arab Ministers of Education and heads of Arab national and international organizations.

Abdulla Al Ghurair is the first ALECSO ambassador in the field of education and he will be honored along with other ambassadors in the fields of art and culture. The ceremony will also be attended by a number of artists, journalists and Arab writers. Each of the newly designated ALECSO ambassadors will now be working in their respective fields to support the organization’s mission and goals.

The Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (ALESCO) is a specialized agency, based in Tunis. It is mainly concerned with enhancing and coordinating cultural and educational activities in the Arab world. ALESCO initiatives include investing in Arab human resources; enhancing education, culture, sciences, environment and communication in the Arab world; promoting Arabic culture inside the Arab world and abroad; and bridging the gap between the Arab and world cultures with emphasis on dialogue and cooperation.

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