The Middle East has a long and illustrious tradition of education, but which has not been in evidence in the region since at least the collapse of the Ottoman Empire during the First World War. Now, Salah Khalil, head from the London-based charity the Alexandria Trust, wishes to return a number of that luster to the area your clients\’ needs higher education culture in the Arab region.
As area of the effort, Alexandria Trust is launching a brand new magazine dedicated to covering the issues of higher education in the centre East. Called Al Fanar C which means The Lighthouse in Arabic C the publication will get its official launch on March 3rd in Dubai.
Khalil hopes that the magazine is going to do more than just bring focus on the issue that has been C in his opinion C long overlooked because of other more pressing problems plaguing the location. The chief goal is to get other wealthy people in the area and from abroad to spread out their wallets and themselves become sponsors of efforts to create education to people who need it most.
\”Universities are really one of the fundamental foundations of society, but in many Arab countries, they\’re weak foundations,\” he said in an interview in the trust\’s office.
\”We want Al Fanar to become a place where universities in the region can connect. We want to nurture an era of Arab journalists with a serious interest in writing about education,\” said Mr. Khalil, who graduated from the University of Sc before going back to Egypt to operate his family\’s chemical business.
In his words, Khalil wants Middle East-equivalent of Bill and Melinda Gates. The previous head of Microsoft and also the one-time richest person in the world and his wife has spent greater than a decade putting their cash behind efforts to enhance health and education both in America and abroad.
To run Al Fanar, Khalil recruited David Wheeler, that has more than a quarter-century of expertise in education media sucked from his time at The Chronicle better Education which Al Fanar wishes to emulate.
Basing the Alexandria Foundation in London is one way of protecting Al Fanar from government pressure, he said. But editorial contributions will come from through the 22 member states represented within the Arab League, with a strong preference for on-the-ground reporting. Even though the site will aggregate and summarize articles from both the English- and Arabic-language press, most of the content is going to be original articles that\’ll be published in both English and Arabic.
\”It\’s vital that you underline this is an Arab-founded, Arab-funded project,\” Mr. Wheeler said. \”My boss is an Egyptian, not a well-meaning American.\”