ALGIERS-Algeria has been elected to host the headquarters of the Centre of the United Nations Education, Science and Culture Organization (UNESCO) for the protection of the African heritage, Minister of Culture announced Thursday in Adrar.
Speaking at the opening of the international colloquium on “the protection of the African immaterial heritage,” Mihoubi said that the localization of this centre, whose approval decree was inked by President of the Republic Abdelaziz Bouteflika, “is a recognition of Algeria’s efforts to conserve its heritage and support to other African countries in this
According to Mihoubi, “Algeria pursues its intense efforts to list any Algerian or common heritage including new listing requests submitted to the UNESCO, like +Keyal El-Ma+ (water gauge that distributes the water from foggaras to the beneficiaries ), Rai music, distillation of rose water and traditional jewellery.”
“Listing requests on the Maghreb heritage, like couscous, will also be formulated with the concerned countries, in addition to other Arab issues,” said Mihoubi, who announced a meeting “next week” in Khartoum (Sudan) to discuss palms as an Arab common heritage as part of the meetings of the Arab League Educational Cultural and Scientific Organization.”
PARIS- Algerian novelist Ahlem Mosteghanemi will be named UNESCO Artist for Peace on Friday, the UN agency announced Wednesday in a statement.
"The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, will name Algerian author Ahlem Mosteghanemi UNESCO Artist for Peace in a ceremony at the Organization's Headquarters on 16 December," said the statement.
The Algerian author has been named in recognition for "her books' advocacy for social justice, the education of young people affected by conflicts and her dedication to UNESCO's goals and ideals," added the statement.
"Ahlem Mosteghanemi was the first woman to publish a collection of poems in Arabic in Algeria in 1973," said the statement.
Her numerous books, which sold millions of copies, have contributed to Arab literature and poetry and raised readers' awareness of many issues such as corruption, injustice and women's rights, added the statement.
Ahlem Mostaghanemi is also the ambassador of the Algerian foundation for children (FOREM), which cares for 13,000 orphans. She was elected the personality of 2015 by the Children of Peace in Yemen Foundation.
Forbes Magazine has described her as one of the ten most influential women in the Arab world
UNESCO Artists for Peace are internationally renowned personalities who use their influence, charisma and prestige to help promote UNESCO’s message and programmes.
PARIS (France)- UUESCO adopted Tuesday in Paris a resolution declaring al-Quds (East Jerusalem) a cultural heritage of Palestine, in spite of the sharp reaction of Israel, qualified as the "occupying power."
The resolution, voted on October 13, referred to holy sites only by their Islamic names.
During the latest vote, Germany, the United States and the United Kingdom opposed the draft resolution, while France was among the 26 countries that abstained.
Twenty-four UNESCO member states, including Russia and China, voted for the resolution.
The director general of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, reiterated Friday that the old city of al-Quds (East Jerusalem) is a holy city for the three monotheist religions, recognizing no Israeli sovereignty over the city.
ORAN (Algeria)- The Centre for Research in Social and Cultural Anthropology (CRASC) signed recently an agreement with the Algerian National Commission for UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization), in order to develop scientific activities in education, said the director of the centre based in Oran (432-km west of Algiers).
According to Belkacem Bezenine, the agreement signed with the Algerian Commission for UNESCO, chaired by Minister of National Education Nouria Benghebrit, provides for a programme of scientific activities (studies, surveys, symposiums, conferences).
Education is the top priority for the Centre for Research in Social and Cultural Anthropology in the period between 2016 and 2020, he added.
The agreement also provides for creating a chair of education and another for the elimination of illiteracy, in addition to a research laboratory within the CRASC, specialized in education themes, and an electronic platform for training.
ALGIERS- Algerian novelist Ahlam Mosteghanemi was solicited to become the “UNESCO artist for peace” and its “Peace Messenger” for a period of two years said, Saturday, a source of the UN agency.
The Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Irina Bokova invited the Algerian novelist to closely associate her activities to that of the Organization for the whole duration of this mandate.
The source said that the UNESCO chose one of the most influential and most sold Arab novelist in the world because of her work for women’s rights, inter-cultural dialogue and the fight against violence.
ALGIERS- Illiteracy rate in Algeria has dropped by 22.3% while schooling exceeds 98% eight years after the launch of the national strategy for promoting literacy, the National Office for Literacy Tuition and Adult Education, which will celebrate Tuesday the International Literacy Day, said in a statement.
The Algerian body will mark, in Batna (435-km east of Algiers), the International Literacy Day, to be organized this year under the theme "Literacy and Sustainable Societies," the statement added.
In spite of the positive results it has achieved so far, Algeria has four million illiterates, most of whom women, hence the need to combine efforts between the concerned authorities and the civil society, including literacy groups.
There are seven national such groups in Algeria, in addition to 600 local groups.
Illiteracy rate worldwide declined by 17% as a result of the efforts made at the international level, according to UNESCO.
ALGIERS- UNESCO executive Council paid tribute to the late Abdelatif Rahal, Representative of Algeria to the Council, who passed away on December 29th, describing him as “man of conviction who believed in the Organization’s ideals,” said Monday the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a communiqué.
During the opening of the 196th session of the UNESCO Executive Council, Egypt’s permanent delegate, President of the Council, recalled that the UN organization “benefited from his experience in several occasions, as an ambassador, permanent delegate of UNESCO and representative of Algeria to the Executive Council,” underlining that “he was a man of conviction who believed in the Organization’s ideals.”
Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director-General, who just returned from an official visit to Algeria, expressed on behalf of the whole secretariat, her “deep condolences” to Algeria, adding that Rahal “devoted his career and his life to Algeria’s influence on the global scene.”
She underlined that “he was a source of inspiration to all his colleagues of the Executive Council.”
At the request of the president of the Council, a minute of silence was observed in memory of the deceased, said the communiqué.
ALGIERS- Algeria and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) agree that extremism can be defeated only through the promotion of education and culture, the UN agency's chief, Irina Bokova, said Saturday in Algiers.
"We have underlined, during our discussion, that fighting extremis can only be successful through education," the UNESCO chief told reporters following an audience granted to her by Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra.
Concerning cooperation between Algeria and UNESCO, Bokova emphasized Algeria's support to the UN body in its mission, especially "in instilling culture of peace" in people, "fighting extremism" and "promoting social cohesion."
The director general of UNESCO praised Algeria's efforts in climate protection and the prevention against climate change effects.
She disclosed that she will go to Constantine (431-km east of Algiers) on Sunday, to attend the festivities relating to "Constantine, Capital of Arab Culture 2015" event, to open Thursday.
ALGIERS- International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies (IYL 2015), proclaimed by the UN General Assembly, has been inaugurated in Algiers on Saturday, with an official ceremony attended by several members of Government and the director general of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Irina Bokova.
In an opening address, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Mohamed Mebarki stressed the importance of this international event, underlining its "coincidence" in Algeria with the celebration of "Constantine, Capital of Arab Culture 2015."
Mebarki underscored the importance President of the Republic Abdelaziz Bouteflika attaches to education, science, art and culture.
He also emphasized Algeria's interest in optics, which is mainly shown in a "national programme for research in the field."
The minister said the celebration of the event will include forums and lectures given by eminent national and foreign figures, well-versed in the field.
ALGIERS- Algeria is one of the world's ten most dynamic countries in human development, said Saturday the director general of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Irena Bokova.
According to United Nations Development Programme's latest report, Algeriz, with the new ambitions relating to the quality of education, is among the top ten most dynamic countries in human development, Bokova told reporters upon her arrival in Houari-Boumediene international airport, Algiers, as part of the launch of the International Year of Light.
Bokova said she is in Algeria to continue the discussions that had started last October with the minister of Higher education and Scientific Research, including the strengthening of relations between the two sides.
"Algeria is a country with which we have very close and intimate relations," she underlined.
ALGIERS- Pre-restoration study for the Berber grave monument of Imedghacen (Batna, 435-km southeast of Algiers) and the ancient town of Algiers Kasbah has been assigned Wednesday to French consulting engineering firm Louis Berger.
The concerned sites are the royal grave monument of Imedghacen (3rd century B.C.) as well as Bastions 8 and 11 of the Kasbah of Algiers, a UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) world Heritage since 1992.
The deal relating to the first stage of the restoration programme (pre-restoration study) has gone to the French firm following an international invitation to tender.
The tender call was launched by the supporting programme for protection and development of Algeria's cultural heritage.
The programme, developed in partnership with the European Union (EU) and the ministry of Culture, consists of putting such threatened places and monument out of harm's way.
MASCARA- The feast of S'biba celebrated every Ashura, by the population of Djanet (province of Illizi) will be classified, in November, as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by Unesco, said Saturday in Mascara the Director of the National Centre of prehistoric, anthropological and historical research (CNRPAH) Slimane Hachi.
He told APS that the Algerian proposal for the classification by UNESCO of this thousand year old popular event as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity will have a positive outcome.
"The CNRPAH was entrusted by the Ministry of Culture to follow up the file of the Algerian Intangible Cultural Heritage presented last year at UNESCO, a complete record of the S'biba that has been studied by the UN specialized agency. A positive response is expected to be announced in November," said Slimane Hachi.
S'biba is an annual festival that draws its origin on the ancient history of war fought between the two main Tuareg tribes of Tassili N’ Ajjers. Peace pact was sealed after years of fighting.
The event, rich in rhythms, movements and colors brings together both k’sours overlooking the town of Djanet. It is marked by friendly jousting between their inhabitants and dancing to the beats of drums.
Warriors in full regalia play scenes of wars being fought, centuries ago, between the tribes of the region. Peace is established after the intervention of the wise.
PARIS (France)- Algerian culinary art in all its diversity is, since Monday, being celebrated in Paris on the occasion of UNESCO African week, a yearly event highlighting a part of the continent’s tangible and intangible heritage.
In the middle of African handicraft and gastronomic varieties, the Algerian stand is put up in the Piazza gardens.
Traditional dishes and homemade drinks garnish the “Algeria-buffet” with on the top the couscous, a traditional dish peculiar to Northern African gastronomy for centuries.
Present at the week’s opening ceremony, a representative of the ministry of Culture, Slimane Hachi told APS that Algeria has always participated in the UNESCO African event, held this year under the theme “Education and Science For Agriculture in Africa.”
Before a tasting session of traditional African dishes, the permanent representatives of the UNESCO member states, including Algerian ambassador to France Amar Bendjama were invited to an exhibition, which opened on this occasion to highlight African craft industry in all its forms.
Held from 26 to 28 May, the UNESCO African week will be marked by movie screenings, shows and themed conferences, at the initiative of the African group of UNESCO member states, chaired this year by Benin.
Dance, music and fashion shows will wrap up the week during a gala scheduled for Wednesday with also an Arab-Andalusian music concert led by the Algerian master, Abdelwahab Reda Benabdellah.
The African week is a yearly event which aims to increase Africa’s visibility through the enhancement of its cultural and artistic diversity.
ALGIERS-United NationsEducational, Scientific and Cultural Organization(Unesco) welcomed the return to Algeria of the Mask of Gorgone and French painter Jean-François Millet's painting "La Béquée", stolen from Algeria.
The Mask of Gorgone, stolen from Hippone museum (Annaba) in 1996 and, French painter Jean-François Millet's painting "La Béquée" stolen from Oran's municipal museum in 1985, was respectively restored to Algeria on 10 and 13 April.
In a letter sent to minister of Culture Khalida Toumi, dated on 14 April and Unesco's representative in the Maghreb in Rabat, Michael Millward praised the Algerian government for its work, considered as "a successful example of international cooperation."
In his letter, the representative of Unesco appreciated the "tireless" work of the Ministry of Culture as part of the 1970 Convention on measures against illicit transfer of cultural property.
PARIS (France)- A first regional centre to safeguard the intangible cultural heritage in Africa will be soon built in Algiers, according to an agreement concluded Friday in Paris between THE United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and Algeria.
The agreement was signed at the organization’s headquarters by Culture Minister Khalida Toumi and UNESCO’s Director General Irina Bokova.
Placed under the supervision of Culture Ministry, this African centre will pursue, under the aegis of UNESCO and in collaboration with the continent’s countries, policies and implement measures to safeguard Africa’s intangible cultural heritage.
The centre will particularly aim at developing inventories for indentifying, recording, studying, researching, publishing and disseminating the African cultural heritage.