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28th International Arab Children Congress Opens
14th July 2008
Her Majesty Queen Noor and guest of honor Majed Al Muhandes greet IACC participants
Amman, Jordan (14 July 2008) – Her Majesty Queen Noor this evening patronized the opening ceremony of the 28th annual International Arab Children's Congress (IACC).


Organized annually by the King Hussein Foundation's National Center for Culture and Performing Arts, this year's congress is held under the theme, “Quality Education is Key”.


At the opening ceremony, Senator Laila Sharaf delivered an address in which she urged young people to embrace educational opportunities available to them, adding that quality education for all is a basic human right that countries must now start making a reality.


The ceremony also featured performances by guests of honor at this year’s congress, Iraqi singer Majed Al Muhandes and former Star Academy contestants Bashar Ghazzawi and Salma Ghazali.


The IACC was initiated by Her Majesty Queen Noor in 1980 following the Arab Summit held in Amman. It brings together young people from around the world for one week of travel and learning designed to promote cross-cultural understanding, tolerance and solidarity. Participants are encouraged to discuss and debate contemporary issues and challenges they face, and to appreciate more fully cultural diversity among nations.
The participants – who come from the Arab world, the US, Italy, France, Pakistan, Russia and Indonesia – will be encouraged through various creative art disciplines in drama, music, visual arts and debate sessions to discuss quality education and propose recommendations that will be announced during the closing ceremony of the congress on 20th July at Cultural Center.
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