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14 Teachers and 6 Students from Iran Participate at IEARN World Conference

Science and Arts Foundation Newsletter No. 51, May-July 2006


This year, 14 teachers and 6 students from Iran, in addition to the iEARN-Iran coordinator, were among the 425 participants representing 45 countries who attended the 13th International iEARN World Conference ( held in the Netherlands July 3-7, 2006. The Iranian participants shared results of their projects and collaborations with other members of the iEARN community through interesting presentations. Furthermore, the iEARN-Iran Coordinator was invited by the iEARN International Executive Council to take part in Assembly Meetings as an observer in order to explore the possibility of Iran's promotion in the network as a Center. Distinctions for this group included the recognition of two teachers and three students from Farzanegan Zeinab High School for their work in a collaborative project with Dutch teachers called Track Gender Disparity by iEARN-Netherlands and received full scholarships to attend the conference.

Iranian students were actively involved in the Youth Summit programs as well and we are proud to announce that two of the students were among the YS Media team. Moreover, the iEARN International Youth Representative elections were held earlier this April, and Mostafa Nejati from Guilan SchoolNet was elected for a two year term. The Youth Representative is a member of the Assembly and Mostafa's achievement is another example of Iran's fruitful involvement in iEARN programs and activities.

On the 8th of July, Iranian participants left the conference with wonderful memories of knowledge sharing, discussions of mutual barriers, cultural interactions, gift exchanges and lots of productive sessions and workshops. The impact of such experience on both students and their educators through the academic year is immensely promising for years to come. For iEARN projects of Iranian schools please visit:


In May 2006, representatives of the Science and Arts Foundation participated in the Global Knowledge Partnership* International Forum 2006 and Annual Members' Meeting held in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The Forum, entitled "Creating Prosperity through Innovation: ICT at Work in Development", attracted GKP member and non-member representing leading civil society, private, public and international organizations in the field of ICT for Development. Dr. Yahya Tabesh, SAF-Iran board member, was invited to take part in the Forum panel "Redefining Context". He delivered the well received presentation "ICT Relief Program" and discussed SAF's experiences in developing the Bam ICT Center and programs carried out after the tragic 2003 earthquake. To view Dr. Tabesh's presentation and other details from the Forum, you can visit During the Annual Members' Meeting, open to GKP members only, SAF actively contributed to the Middle East North Africa regional cluster's discussions on a workplan which was further developed at a regional workshop in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia this July (see below for details).

The workplan is a series of multistakeholder projects to be undertaken by GKP members and their partners in the time preceding GK3, the GKP's 3rd Global Knowledge Conference. SAF came away from the two Colombo events with a renewed commitment to engaging in the GKP's two pillars of "Sharing Knowledge" and "Building Partnerships".


The Global Knowledge Partnership conducted a special workshop from 10 to 11 July 2006 at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Workshop participants included members of the MENA and Africa regional clusters alongside the regional coordinators in order "to help both regional networks to streamline and harmonize their proposed Regional Workplans to meet their regional goals and to qualify for GKP Seed Funding." SAF representatives enthusiastically engaged in dialogue with workshop participants to finalize the GKP MENA workplan and to advance partnerships in the fields of education, youth entrepreneurship and Free and Open Source Software (FOSS). At present, SAF is in the process of completing project proposals in the above fields to be presented to the GKP. SAF aims to work with national partners in order further engage them in GKP activities. To learn more about the GKP, please visit

* "GKP is the leading international multi-stakeholder network committed to harnessing the potential of information and communication technologies (ICT) for sustainable and equitable development. Ranging from grassroot practitioners to policy-makers, GKP members and partners are innovators in the practical use of ICT for development"

( SAF has been a member of the GKP since 2004.

If you would like to support SAF promote education programs such as the one above, please visit:


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