UNESCO Education UIL

Arab League’s Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (ALECSO), Tunisia

Department of Documentation and Information

ALECSO, the Arab League’s Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization, was founded in 1975. Its Documentation and Information Department provides information on all aspects of education including adult education, culture and science in and on Arab countries. Expansion of the documentation services through use of Internet is being planned in order to deepen international contacts and co–operation. The Department of Documentation and Information maintains cooperation and coordination with the Arab countries in the domain of information processing and exchange, in order to guarantee easy flow and high efficiency. This aim also includes the Arabization of information tools consistent with the Arab national ambitions that stress the upgrading of economic and social plans in the Arab region; thus reaching an optimum enrichment of development.

Areas of Specialization:

Adult education, Culture, Education

User Profile:

Professionals and students from universities; National Commissions; libraries; documentation centres; statistical centres

Contact Information


Mohamed V Avenue
P O Box 1120
1000 Tunis RP

(+216–1) 71784 466
(+216–1) 7178 496
Contact person:
Ahmed El Sheik, Director

Basic Institutional Data:

Founded in:
Parent Organisation:
Arab League
Dr. Mongi Bou Snina (Director General)
Countries Served:
Arab countries
Working Languages:
Arabic, English, French


Books and Documents:
Periodicals recieved p.a.:
Annual growth of Collection:

Methods of Data Management

Cataloging Rules
Classification System
Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC)
Methods of Data Processing
Indexing Tool
UNESCO Thesaurus
Database Software

Services and Special Activities

Information Services Provided

Collection and dissemination of information in the fields of education (including adult education, culture and science)

Names, Projects and Programmes:

  1. The Arab Conference on the Information Society;
  2. The Annual Report and the United Report about Arab Human Resources in the Fields of Education, Culture, Science and Literacy;
  3. Development of Human Resources in the Field of Libraries and Information Science;
  4. Publications Guide in the Arab Countries;
  5. The Statistical Yearbook in the Arab Countries;
  6. Communication Networking Programmes between ALECSO Headquarters, its external Bodies and the Arab Countries;
  7. Activation of ALECSO Web Site on the Internet;
  8. The Development of the Arab Network Infrastructure and the Information Technology in ALECSO and the Arab Countries;
  9. The Acquisitions Development of ALECSO Central Library and the Indexing Process of its Documents;
  10. Participation in Arab and International Activities.

Other material

Challenges and Obstacles in Carrying out the Work

Financial and co–ordination difficulties; shortage of highly–trained staff

Strategies and Perspectives to Improve Services

Training of users; CD–ROM and DVD production; extension of documentation services through Internet facilities

Role envisaged within the Network of Networks

Services of specialized information on education (including adult education), culture and science in the Arab Region.