ISESCO Regional Office


About Islamic Educational, Scientific and cultural Organization



The Islamic Organization (ISESCO) is an international body working within the framework of the Organization of the Islamic Conference, specializing in the fields of education, science, culture and communication.



ISESCO was created by the 11th Islamic conference of Foreign Ministers, held in Islamabad in May 1980 set up by the 3rd Islamic Summit Conference in Makkah AlMukarramah in January 1981. The Founding Conference was held in Fez in May 1982.

The Foreign Ministers of the Member States of the Organization of the Islamic Conference worked actively in their successive Conference meetings to five substances to the idea of setting up an organization specializing in education, science and culture.

They submitted the proposal relating to the establishment of this organization to the Third Islamic Summit Conference, held in Taef / Makhah in 1400H/1981, which adopted it in response to the aspirations of the Muslim Ummah to set up an efficient instrument aimed at asserting solidarity, cooperation and complementarily among its peoples within the framework of the tolerant Islamic principles and lofty values.



Major objectives of ISESCO are as follow:

Strengthen and promote cooperation among Member States in the Fields of education, science, culture and communication.

Develop applied sciences and the use of advanced technology;

Consolidate understanding and contribute to the achievement of world peace;

Safeguard the Islamic Identity.



Work for worldwide dissemination of Islamic culture and the Arabic language;

Support organizations concerned with education, science and culture;

Support private and public universities;

Consolidate specialized centers and institutions;

Encourage and help universities create chairs and departments of Islamic studies;

Encourage research, studies and training;

Organize conferences, symposia and seminars.



General Conference

It is composed of the representatives of ISESCO's Member States, appointed by their governments and specializing in education, science, culture or communication.

The General Conference meets in regular sessions once every three years; it may meet in extraordinary session.


The Executive Council

Made up of one representative from each Member State, it lays down internal regulations for the Islamic Organization, except for those falling within the competence of the General Conference. The Executive Council also appoints the Deputy Director General upon this nomination by the Director General, for a three-year period, renewable once. The Rules of Procedure of the Executive Council set forth the nomination and selection procedures.


General Directorate

It is headed by the Director General elected by the General Conference for a renewable three-year period, from among candidates of Member States. The Director General is the head of the administrative setup and is accountable to the Executive Council and General Conference.

Dr. Abdulaziz Othman Al.Twaijri has been Directorate General of ISESCO since 1991.

He was born in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabian in 1950. He has a PHD degree in currienlum and instruction from university of Oregon, USA.


Education Directorate

Education programs are broken down into five fields of action, namely:

Education specificities in Islamic countries

llliteracy eradication

Useful Education

Education in the Service of Sustainable Development

Education and Keeping Pace with our Times.

These field of action contains a number of axes, programs and activities.

Education programs also include the following four projects:

Original education in the service of sustainable development;


Education for all;

Education and serving society;

Higher education.