Library of Alexandria Announces Partnership with 1001 Inventions


1001 Inventions and the Library of Alexandria (Bibliotheca Alexandrina), Egypt have agreed to work together.

Alexandria, 13th November 2014: Egypt’s world-famous Library of Alexandria and the global 1001 Inventions organisation have announced a four-year partnership agreement as part of a national educational programme in Egypt to raise awareness and celebrate the unappreciated history of science and technology in Muslim Civilisation.

1001 Inventions and the Library of Alexandria (Bibliotheca Alexandrina) have agreed to work together on a series of initiatives, based around the award-winning educational work of 1001 Inventions, to inspire young people to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and medicine and build their capacity towards building a better future for the country.

The partnership agreement has been facilitated by the Prime Minister of Egypt who recently met with representatives of both organisations to discuss a national programme to popularize the work of 1001 Inventions throughout Egypt.

(Left to right) Eng. Hoda S. Elmikaty, Head of Cultural Outreach Sector in Library of Alexandria and Dr Ismail Serageldin, Director of Library of Alexandria and Ahmed Salim, Producer and Director of 1001 Inventions and Hanan Dowidar, Senior Advisor of 1001 Inventions and Ayman Elsayed, Acting Director of Planetarium Science Center (Library of Alexandria)

Dr. Ismail Serageldin, Director, Library of Alexandria, said: “Egypt has a history of academic excellence going back millennia, and the passion this nation has for education continues to this day. The legacy of Arab and Muslim Civilisation is an ongoing gift to humanity and Egypt has a central place in the creation of that legacy. This important and worthy partnership with the international organisation 1001 Inventions, will further support the efforts of the Library of Alexandria to promote science and technology among school students and the public at large, and to show their relevance to everyday life.”

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Ahmed Salim, Producer and Director of 1001 Inventions, said: “1001 Inventions is privileged to be working with the Bibliotheca Alexandrina. The Egyptian nation has played a significant role in the development and preservation of knowledge throughout history. It has served as the home and the inspiration for some of the greatest minds of all time, who’ve had a huge but underappreciated impact on the way we live our lives today. 1001 Inventions brings to life the stories of those astounding and extraordinary individuals, and as a result inspires young people to pursue careers in science and technology and creating Egyptian solutions to 21st century challenges.”

Egyptian Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab (centre) and government officials welcome Ahmed Salim (left), Producer and Director of 1001 Inventions and 1001 Inventions delegation to Egypt

The four-year collaboration will include touring interactive exhibitions, hands-on workshops, educational films, live shows and teaching resources, all of which will be provided in Arabic as well as English.

1001 Inventions is the world’s leading brand highlighting the history of science and technology in Muslim Civilisation, and has partnered with numerous international organisations including UNESCO, National Geographic and science museums in both hemispheres. 1001 Inventions is a British non-profit organisation that has received praise and support from governments and heads of state throughout the world.

The New Library of Alexandria is dedicated to recapture the spirit of openness and scholarship of the original Bibliotheca Alexandrina. Its mission is to be a center of excellence for the production and dissemination of knowledge, and to be a place of dialogue and understanding between cultures and people.

The Bibliotheca Alexandrina will be handling the 1001 Inventions programme through its Planetarium Science Center (PSC). It is a not-for-profit edutainment center dedicated to increasing the public's understanding and appreciation of science, technology and mathematics through hands-on activities, planetarium shows and interactive exhibits. The moto of the centre is “Science for All”, which summarises the aims to serve and reach out to a broader spectrum of society, to introduce the public to the marvels of Science and its applications in everyday life.

About 1001 Inventions

1001 Inventions is an award-winning, British-based organisation that creates international educational campaigns and engaging transmedia productions aiming to raise awareness of the contributions to science, technology and culture from the Golden Age of Muslim Civilisation.  Over the last decade, 1001 Inventions has engaged with over 200 million people across the globe, with educational campaigns in cities such as inLondonIstanbulNew YorkWashington DCLos AngelesKuala LumpurAbu Dhabi and Jeddah.  1001 Inventions works with a network of international partners and leading academics, and through its academic partner FSTC (UK), to produce world-class experiences, interactive exhibitsfeature films, live shows, booksand classroom learning materials that are being used by hundreds of thousands of educators around the world.

About Bibliotheca Alexandrina

The Bibliotheca Alexandrina aims to be: A center of excellence in the production and dissemination of knowledge and to be a place of dialogue, learning and understanding between cultures and peoples. The unique role of the Library of Alexandria, as that of a great Egyptian Library with international dimensions, will focus on four main aspects, that seek to recapture the spirit of the original ancient Library of Alexandria.

The Planetarium Science Center (PSC) is considered one of the leading Egyptian informal education organization. It is a hands-on complex designed to stimulate human imagination and innovation through science and technology activities and workshops.  

The PSC has developed an assorted bouquet of programs that are of international standard and nationally adapted. Examples are the Summer Program, School Year Program, Robotics Program, Chess Program, Amateurs Astronomy Club, Can Sat Program, and others. All of which involve practically  experiencing the various scientific topics. Also, most of these programs are associated with scientific competitions or complementary events.

On the national level, the PSC utilizes the Annual Events to reach the various public sectors and intrigue them to be involved in science. Moreover, the center launched the Science Clubs Initiative, a long term dissemination program, where the PSC establishes activities halls in public schools for various science and culture hands-on activities, and conducts teachers training sessions. 

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