The Sultan Qaboos Cultural Centre
The SQCC was set up to promote the understanding of the culture and heritage of Oman. It was established in 2005 to provide educational resources and outreach programmes that build a greater public understanding and awareness about Oman and other nations of the gulf region. Thanks to the continued support of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos’ government, through the Sultan Qaboos Cultural Centre in Washington, as well as the MBI Al-Jaber Foundation in London, we are able to continue running this program for a number of years to come, including three programs over the winter months of 2013/14.
MBI Al Jaber Foundation
The MBI Al Jaber Foundation focuses on educational and cultural projects and forging partnerships to promote better understanding between the peoples of the Middle East and the wider world. Through its many activities including a long-standing scholarship programme, the Foundation strives to bring people together to create respect and awareness of one another’s cultures. The MBI Al Jaber Foundation has supported Connecting Cultures since 2005. Again, it is only thanks to the continuing support of organisations such as MBI Al Jaber Foundation that has allowed us to continue to undertake expeditions, such as the 3 that will take place over the Winter of 2013/14.
Oman National Commission to UNESCO
Mohammed Al Yaqoubi and Amna Al Balushi and their hard working staff at the Oman National Commission for Education, Culture and Science are an integral and key part of the Connecting Cultures team. They liaise with UNESCO, ISESCO, ALECSO and other National Commissions in Europe and the Arab states, and help identify and select the young participants, in addition to arranging visas to make the arrival as smooth as possible for the young people. Quite simply, this is a real partnership without which Connecting Cultures could not function.
Among UNESCO’s chief missions is to ensure space for and freedom of expression to all the world’s cultures. While each culture draws from its own roots, it must not fail to blossom when crossing other cultures. Therefore, it isn't a matter of identifying and safeguarding every culture in isolation, but rather of revitalizing them in order to avoid segregation and cultural entrenchment and prevent conflict. Connecting Cultures works in close partnership with the UNESCO Oman National Commission in Muscat. The Commission team of Mohammed Al Yaqoubi and Amna Al Balushi actively supports the administration of Connecting Cultures, liaising with local schools, the Ministry of Education, UNESCO, ISESCO and ALECSO.
The United Nations Alliance of Civilization (UNAOC) was established in 2005, at the initiative of the Governments of Spain and Turkey, under the auspices of the United Nations. A High-level Group of experts was formed by former Secretary-General Kofi Annan to explore the roots of polarization between societies and cultures today, and to recommend a practical programme of action to address this issue. The Report of the High-level Group provided analysis and put forward practical recommendations that form the basis for the implementation plan of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations.
Ministry of Education
The Ministry of Education (MOE) is the governmental body in the Sultanate of Oman responsible for the educational system preceding university education (which is supervised by the Ministry of Higher Education). The MOE has been instrumental in supporting Connecting Cultures in Oman, by providing the channels through which to communicate with Omani schools.
Outward Bound Oman
Outward Bound Oman/Tahaddi works in close partnership with the Connecting Cultures programme. Courses are delivered and facilitated by Outward Bound Oman staff. Outward Bound Oman is the first Outward Bound school in the Arab world, and has been set up to use the outdoors to challenge and develop the skills of young people throughout Oman, and beyond.
Anglo Omani Society
The Anglo-Omani Society was formed in January 1976. His Majesty The Sultan of Oman is the Society’s patron, and the President is His Excellency the Ambassador of the Sultanate of Oman in London. His Majesty The Sultan has most generously made a donation to the Society, and this has been used to fund events and make grants that meet the charitable objects of the Society. The Society arranges a regular programme of events, mostly talks and lectures given by well-known and experienced speakers, specialists in their own fields. The New Generation Group is the younger part of the Anglo-Omani Society, and aims to maintain the close friendship between the UK and Oman into the next generation. With a separate programme of events bringing together Omani and British members, guests and friends, NGG spans a wide area of interests and topics.