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Jubilee School Students and their Peers Demonstrate Leadership at 2nd Arab Summit
2nd November 2011

Student delegates attend 2nd Arab Summit at Jubilee School October 29, 2011

Eighty high school students from six private schools in Jordan voted to amend and approve resolutions addressing the issues of democracy, education, and human rights in the Arab region following Saturday's 2nd Arab Summit held by the King Hussein Foundation's Jubilee School.

Student teams representing the heads of state and ministers from 22 Arab countries debated the resolutions during a "mock summit" at the Jubilee School on October 29, 2011.

Approved resolutions included higher teacher salaries, two-year term limits for presidents, and granting Arab women the right to vote and run for political and economic leadership positions and political participation in unions and civil societies on par with men.  

Students from the Jubilee School joined with their peers from the Ahlia School for Girls, the Retal International Academy, the Sands National Academy, the Al-Redwan School, and the Islamic Scientific College in amending and voting on the resolutions written by the faculty of the Jubilee's School's humanities department with input from student organizers.

The "delegates" had to form their arguments based on the viewpoint of the leadership of the country they represented, requiring the students to research their role before arriving at the summit.

Student "delegates" with the flags of the countries they represented October 29, 2011
Jubilee School Director Suha Jouaneh says the summit was organized as part of the leadership program offered at the Jubilee School where 11th graders are asked to organize events in order to practice their leadership skills. 

"The main thing here is that we want to raise their awareness regarding the challenges that Arab countries are facing," remarked Jouaneh, "we must start working with students at the high school level in order to raise their awareness regarding the issues of democracy, education, and human rights in the region."

The first Arab Summit was organized by the Jubilee School in 2008.

This year's event was held under the patronage of HE Musa Maaytah, the former Minister of Political Development who remarked that he was impressed by the effort of the young participants:

"I believe it's a new generation all over the Arabic world with the internet," said Maaytah, "we should not be surprised anymore regarding their ability to learn more and to understand more."

The event includes a homework assignment; In addition to the research required by each "delegate", Jubilee School students have to submit a report to their teacher following Saturday's summit.

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