Literacy Challenge Forum (Challenges and Solutions)

What challenges are Arab countries facing when it comes to eradicating illiteracy, and how can we overcome these challenges? What are the most effective global initiatives to eradicate illiteracy, and how can we adapt them for the Arab world?

Join us at the Literacy Challenge Forum to learn more. FEBRUARY 24 - 25

Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum,
Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, Ruler of Dubai,
And directives from H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman
of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation (MBRF)

MBRF Organizes the Literacy Challenge Forum

Challenges and Solutions

How can we ensure education for all Arab youth? What is lifelong learning? How does it contribute to challenging illiteracy? Has the illiteracy rate decreased in the Arab world? Are there any concrete achievements made? Do we have numbers about digital illiteracy in the region?

The Literacy Challenge Forum discusses these topics and showcases the challenges facing literacy in the Arab region while presenting solutions.


His Excellency Jamal Bin Huwaireb CEO, MBRF

Arne Carlsen Professor at the Faculty of Education, Psychology and Art, University of Latvia

Dr. Dena Assaf United Nations Resident Coordinator

Khaled Abdel Shafi Director, Regional Hub for Arab States, United Nations Development Programme, Amman

Lana Mamkegh Former Minister of Culture, Jordan

Dr. Hegazi Idris Regional Program Specialist in Basic and Adult Education

Dr. Hany Torky Chief Technical Advisor, Knowledge Project

Samah Shalaby Assistant Programme Specialist at UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning

Mohamed Henna Chairman, Vodafone Egypt Foundation

Hechmi Ardhaoui Acting Director General, ALECSO

Nadine Samra Chief Business Officer - Weyyak by Zee Entertainment

Dr. Zahida Darwiche Jabbour Professor of French and Francophone Literature at the Lebanese University

Dr. Iqbal Samaloty Secretary General of the Arab Network for Literacy and Adult Education

Hechmi Ardhaoui Acting Director General, ALECSO

Dr. Ahmed Ouzzi Professor Emeritus of Psychology & Education, University of Mohamed V, Rabat

Dr. Sami Nassar Professor of Education, School of Graduate Studies of Education, Cairo University

Ahmed Yousif International Media Expert

Siham Saleh Media Syndicate deputy - Egypt

Dr. Ashour Ahmed Amry President of the General Authority for Adult Education

Dr. Najoua Fezzaa Ghriss Professor, Higher Institute of Education and Continuous Training, University of Tunis

Abdessamih Mahmoud Director General, National Agency for the fight against illiteracy (ANLCA), Morocco

Dr. Amaal Al Habdan Consultant at King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center

Dr. Latifa Al Falasi Arabic Language Expert, Ministry of Education, UAE

Shadia Abdullah Founder & Director at Rawafed Development & Learning Centre

Dr. Yahih bin ibrahim Al Mofarreh Director of the General Department for Adult Education, Ministry of Education, Saudi Arabia

Nashat Al-Dehi CEO, TeN TV

Muhamad Hamad Vice President of the 5th Meeting of the Higher Committee for the Arab Decade for Literacy

Dr. Ashraf Ibrahim Director, UNESCO’s Regional Bureau for Adult Education