Children Celebrate Ibn al-Haytham at the Cairo Book Fair

Published Date: 
27 January 2017

KFAS and 1001 Inventions present the Arabic book on the inspiring life of Ibn al-Haytham

KFAS and 1001 Inventions present the Arabic book on the inspiring life of Ibn al-Haytham

Cairo, 26 January 2017: As part of its 40thanniversary, the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Science (KFAS) and 1001 Inventions launched today “1001 Inventions and the World of Ibn Al-Haytham” show at the Cairo International Book Fair.

In addtition to presenting the Arabic edition of the “Ibn Al-Haytham: The Man Who Discovered How We See” book, published in partnership with National Geographic Kids, the family-oriented educational experience includes hands-on workshops as well as screening the short film “1001 Inventions and the World of Ibn Al-Haytham” starring the late legendary actor Omar Sharif in his final cinematic appearance.

The engaging show is a special tribute to the 11th century pioneering scientific thinker Al-Hasan Ibn al-Haytham considered by many as the ‘Father of Optics’ for his important contributions to the understanding of vision, optics and light.

Dr. Layla Al Musawi, Program Manager, Publicizing and Dissemination of Science and Technology Program, Scientific Culture Directorate at KFAS said:

For 40 years KFAS has been investing in the future, by developing a strong advocacy for science, education and scientific culture. It is our pleasure to engage with young people in Egypt through the fascinating story of the 11th century enlightened Arab scientist at the International Cairo Book Fair. Through the book, film and hands-on workhops, themed on Ibn al-Haytham, we aim to spark young people’s interest in science and showcase the scientific legacy of Muslim Civilisation."

Hanan Dowidar, Head of Strategic Parnterhisps at 1001 Inventions said:

We are delighted to partner with the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Science to present Ibn al-Haytham at the Cairo International Book Fair. Our aim for the educational show is to provide Egyptian children with an exciting learning experience about the inspirational acheivments of the Arab polymath. We are very excited to see children and families enjoying the Ibn Al-Haytham show and motivated to learn more about the great achievments of the ‘Heroes of the Golden Age’ who achieved breakthroughs that that have helped transform our modern world."

1001 Inventions led tribute events for Ibn al-Haytham at the United Nations in New York, at UNESCO HQ in Paris, the Royal Society in London with Prince Andrew Duke of York and in more than 10 other cities around the world. The Ibn Al-Haytham events are part of a global educational campaign launched by 1001 Inventions in partnership with UNESCO in 2015 in celebration of the United Nations proclaimed International Year of Light that continues to reach out to audiences around the world.

The Ibn Al-Haytham show welcomes visitors at the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Science stand at Cairo Fair Grounds (Hall 19) from January 26 until February 10.

About KFAS

The Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS) is a private non-profit organization with over 40 years history of supporting the advancement of science and technology in Kuwait. KFAS operations are overseen by a Board of Directors chaired by His Highness, the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah. It is financially supported by Kuwaiti private shareholding companies through their generous contributions that currently amount to 1% of their annual net profit.  

KFAS mission is to stimulate, support, and invest in initiatives and human resources that contribute to building a strong science, technology, and innovation culture and to fostering an enabling environment. The initiatives include improving public understanding of science; strengthening innovation and research capacity and enhancing an enabling environment; supporting the gifted and talented; translating knowledge into innovation; and nurturing a solid foundation for a national knowledge-based economy by developing the private sector’s scientific, technological.

About 1001 Inventions

1001 Inventions is an award-winning, British based organization that creates international educational campaigns and engaging transmedia productions aiming to raise awareness of the contributions to science, technology and culture from the Golden Age of Muslim Civilisation.

1001 Inventions has engaged with over 250 million people across the globe working with a network of international partners, including UNESCO, National Geographic and leading academics to produce interactive exhibitsshort films, live shows, books and classroom learning materials that are being used by hundreds of thousands of educators around the world.