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IACC Participants Call for School Curricula to Cover Human Rights Concepts, Diversity
22nd July 2008
Amman, Jordan (22 July 2008) - Participants at the 28th annual International Arab Children’s Congress (IACC) have announced their recommendations which include the establishment of IACC associations in every participating country.

National Centre for Culture and Performing Arts (PAC) Director General Lina Attel said in a ceremony late Sunday that supervisors of previous participating delegations will chair the associations, which will also consist of previous participants.

“The associations will help fund and support social and cultural projects with the aim of enhancing knowledge and experience exchange,” Attel, the conference director, said during the event’s closing ceremony, which was attended by Her Royal Highness Princess Sumaya.

The associations will also help empower IACC youth in the decision-making process in their respective countries and boost communication and networking among them.

Participants from various Arab and Islamic countries, Europe and the US took part in the week-long event, which opened on July 14, and discussed global issues affecting children and ways to promote cross-cultural dialogue.

Organised by the King Hussein Foundation’s PAC, this year’s congress was held under the theme “Quality Education is the Right of Everyone”. Lebanese singer Moeen Charif, who as a youth participated in the 1986 children’s congress, attended the closing ceremony.

Underscoring the annual event’s theme, participants also recommended launching a global awareness campaign calling for the right for quality education for all.

In their list of suggestions to be sent to the UN, UNICEF and the Arab League, the young participants also called for introducing concepts of human rights and cultural diversity to school curricula in order to promote understanding, tolerance and peace.

They also highlighted the need to raise education standards at public schools, make education mandatory and free of charge, provide foreign languages and train teachers on creative teaching methods.

Attel said previously that in many countries, including Jordan, the educational system lacks arts programmes. Therefore, introducing performing arts, such as theatre, dance and music to schools’ curricula was among the young leaders’ recommendations to promote creative thinking and develop cultural awareness.

She noted that the participants also sent a cable to Her Majesty Queen Noor thanking her for inaugurating the event. Queen Noor initiated the congress following the 1980 Arab summit in Amman. In 2004, the congress began to host participants from European and Asian countries, turning the event into an international gathering working to bridge cultural gaps, abolish stereotypes and raise awareness of democratic principles and human rights.
(Story and image courtesy Jordan Times)
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