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28th International Arab Children Congress to Focus on Education
17th June 2008
Amman, Jordan (17 June 2008) - Under the patronage of Her Majesty Queen Noor, the 28th International Arab Children Congress (IAAC) will take place from the 14 - 20 July under the theme "Quality Education is Key".
150 teenagers from around 20 different countries will convene in Amman next month to discuss access to quality education as every child’s right.

 During creative workshops held throughout the week, participants will share thoughts and experiences related to the congress's theme, including gender equality, cultural diversity, human rights and the knowledge economy.

Organized annually by the National Center for Culture and Performing Arts, the IACC targets issues that directly impact children, regardless of their culture and background. This year’s event will focus on a basic human right, which is education, PAC Director Lina Attel told reporters at a press conference to announce the event on Monday.

“ Jordan is remarkably advanced in terms of access to education, but focus now needs to shift to its quality, especially in public schools,” Attel said yesterday. She added that in many countries, including Jordan, the educational system lacks arts programs, a factor the six-day conference will focus on this year.

Her Majesty Queen Noor initiated the congress following the 1980 Arab summit in Amman. In 2004, the congress started to host participants from European and Asian countries, thus becoming an international event that helps bridge cultures, abolish stereotypes and raise awareness on democratic principles and human rights.

Delegations from the US, Italy, France, Pakistan, Russia and Indonesia will participate in this year’s event, along with their Arab peers.

The IAAC will open on 14 July at the Palace of Culture at 8.30pm. This years' guest of honor is Iraqi singer, Majed Al Muhandes. For more information please visit

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