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National Commissions: UNESCO
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Oman National Commission for Education, Culture and Science
General Information
English NameOman National Commission for Education, Culture and Science
French NameCommission nationale du Sultanat d'Oman pour l'Úducation, la culture et la science

Ministry of Education
P.O. Box 3 - Code 112

Mail AddressPermanent Delegation of Oman to UNESCO
1 rue Miollis
75732 PARIS Cedex 15

(All correspondence should be addressed to the Ambassador, Permanent Delegate of Oman to UNESCO).

Phone0096824254448 (SG)
E-mail malyaqoubi@moe.om ; onc@moe.gov.om
Correspondence LanguageENGLISH
Office Holders
NameDr. Madiha bint Ahmed bin Nasser AL SHAIBANIYA
StartedFebruary 2011
Type of Appointment* ex officio
Government PostMinister of Education

NameMr Mohammed Saleem Al Yaqoubi
StartedSeptember 2012

Date and Method of Creation16 September 1974
StatusGovernmental (1 Ministry)
Legislation DatesThe judicial text was accepted26/12/1988 and last revised
LegislationThe National Commission was created according to the Royal Decree no. 5/74 (1974). The Royal Decreee no. 95/88 of 1988 organizes the National Commission.
Documentation CentreThe Commission runs a modest Documentation Centre, which holds publications of UNESCO and other Organizations such as ISESCO and ALECSO.
Structure of the CommissionThe National Commission consists of the following bodies:
- The General Assembly;
- Four Sub-Committees dealing with Education, Science, Culture and woman affairs
- The Secretariat.
Members/CompositionAs a governmental body, the National Commission is composed of some 20 members representing different Ministries, national organizations and academic institutions specialized in the fields of UNESCO's competence. The Commission meets in Plenary twice a year.
Executive CommitteeNo information provided
General AssemblyMembership of the General Assembly is from ministries and Governmental Organisations which have relations with the aims of UNESCO: Minister of Education (Chairperson); Undersecretary for Ministry of Education (Deputy Chair); representatives of the following Ministries: Foreign Affairs, Social Affairs, Labour & Vocational Training; Agriculture & Fisheries; Regional Municipalities & Environment; Water Resources; Information; National Heritage & Culture; National Economy; representatives from the following National Organisations: Sultan Qaboos University; General Organisation for Youth Sports and Cultural Activities. Their membership lasts for 3 years, liable for renewal.

The Assembly meets twice a year. Exceptional meetings may be held, according to the request of the Chairperson or the Secretary-General.
Committees or Sub-CommitteesAccording to the Royal Decree N░ 95/88, the Chairperson is authorized to form 3 sub-committees from members of the Assembly. These are: Educational, Culturel and Science Committees. Each sub-committee decides its meetings according to the burden of its work.
Committees/Sub-Committees Details
Number of Committees or Sub-Committees4
Sub-committee Topics[X] Education
[X] Science
[X] Culture
[X] Women
Interaction with UNESCO and National Commissions
OverviewThe Oman National Commission collaborates with most National Commissions of Arab States as well as National Commissions of other countries such as Korea, Japan, China, India, Russian Federation, Germany and Netherlands in the fields of UNESCO's competence. It also has a very good working relations with UNESCO Offices in Arab States, particularly with the UNESCO Office in Doha.