Egyptian Prime Minister Announces 1001 Inventions Programme


National Educational Programme to launch in Egypt

Cairo, 11th November 2014: Egyptian Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab today announced plans with the global educational organisation 1001 Inventions to deliver a national programme in Egypt aimed at raising public awareness of the scientific and technological heritage of Arab and Muslim Civilisation.

The announcement was made in Cairo at a special meeting between Egyptian Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab, Ahmed Salim, Producer and Director of 1001 Inventions, and Dr. Ismail Serageldin, Director, Library of Alexandria. Other government officials as well as Hanan Dowidar, Senior Advisor to 1001 Inventions, also attended the meeting. The award-winning 1001 Inventions organisation creates and delivers global educational programmes through science exhibitions, festivals, schools and public initiatives that have engaged more than 200 million people.

Speaking on behalf of 1001 Inventions, Ahmed Salim said: “I’m truly honoured that 1001 Inventions will have the opportunity, under the auspices of Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab, to launch a national programme aimed at engaging Egyptian youth and the general public. Egypt played a key role as a centre of excellence and learning during the Golden Age of science and technology in Arab and Muslim Civilisation. By celebrating the lives and honouring the struggles of those men and women of different cultures and faiths who contributed to helping to build the foundations of our modern world, we hope to inspire young people in Egypt to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and medicine.”

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Hanan Dowidar, Senior Advisor to 1001 Inventions, further added: “Through experiential learning, the 1001 Inventions Programme aims at engaging the Egyptian community, particularly children and youth, in exploring science while sparking passion for creativity and innovation. The 1001 Inventions Programme will enrich the efforts of diverse Egyptian organisations that have been active over the past few years in communicating science to the public to build a culture that understands and supports the crucial role science plays in the economic and social well-being of society.”

The national educational programme 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.

Egyptian Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab and government officials welcome Ahmed Salim (Director 1001 Inventions) and 1001 Inventions delegation to 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)

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.

To date more than six million people have visited 1001 Inventions festivals and exhibitions in major world cities including London, Istanbul, New York, Los Angeles, Washington DC, and Kuala Lumpur. During recent residencies in Saudi Arabia, 1001 Inventions welcomed more than 450,000 visitors in Jeddah and a record-breaking 510,000 visitors in four weeks in Riyadh. Earlier this year, 1001 Inventions also launched a schools programme in São Paulo, Brazil’s largest city, as the prelude to a national educational programme in South America’s largest nation.

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 120 million people across the globe, with educational campaigns in cities such as in LondonIstanbulNew 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, books and 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. 

Image: Library of Alexandria, Egypt