MUSCAT : The celebration of this day, which coincides with the accession of the Sultanate of Oman to UNESCO on February 10, 1972, aims to introduce influential Omani personalities at the local and international levels, and shed light on their knowledge and scientific legacy.
According to H.E. Dr. Madiha bint Ahmed Al Shaibaniyah, Minister of Education and Chairwoman of the ONCECS, the designation of an annual day for Omani personalities included in the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is to commemorate the fiftieth or centenary celebrations of important historical events and personalities of global importance.
She added that some researchers at the regional and international levels had dealt with – in their dissertations – Omani personalities who had a global impact through research and study; she also listed libraries around the world that had Omani manuscripts, as well as the interest of research centers and contemporary universities in dealing with these personalities and their scientific impact.
She further stressed that in the midst of scientific additions and technological innovations the world is witnessing today, preserving the nation’s scientific heritage remains a lofty goal, as it constitutes a beacon of science and a reflection of the eternal Omani cultural identity.
H.E. Sayyid Saeed bin Sultan Al Busaidi, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Youth for Culture, stressed that dedicating this day is evidence of the extent of interest in the cultural and intellectual achievement, and an appreciation for the role played by Omanis throughout the ages. Sultanate of Oman’s celebration of this program comes in support of UNESCO’s endeavors to preserve the cultural and intellectual creations of humanity and the sustainability of its achievements and their transmission through generations, he added.
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