Arab Gulf Program for Development ink pact to finance project for Arab children

Arab Council for Childhood and Development formulates new plans to support Arab children. (SPA)
Updated 10 March 2019

Arab Gulf Program for Development ink pact to finance project for Arab children

CAIRO: Prince Abdul Aziz bin Talal, chairman of the Arab Council for Childhood and Development (ACCD), oversaw the signing of two agreements funded by the Arab Gulf Program for Development (AGFUND) in Cairo on Sunday, on the sidelines of the 15th meeting of the council’s board of trustees.
The first agreement supports the council’s new upbringing model, which focuses on areas including early childhood, the rehabilitation of street children and their integration into society, children with special needs, and promotion of children’s rights in Arab countries.
The second agreement backs the council’s strategic approach toward “empowering Arab children in the age of the forth industrial revolution,” which will be implemented in six Arab countries.
Earlier, Prince Abdul Aziz praised the role of the council in monitoring and dealing with child labor in Arab countries, while warning plenty more still needed to be done.
He said that the ACCD had implemented developmental projects to preserve the rights and dignity of Arab children, and stop their economic exploitation, since the 1990s.
The Cairo-based organization was founded in 1987. Its policy stems from basic principles and concepts that guarantee development, protection, participation and social integration to ensure the welfare of Arab children and provide a safe humanitarian educational environment through which future generations would absorb values of love, cooperation, work and living with, and accepting others. SPA Cairo


Madinah museum showcases over 2,000 rare artifacts

Updated 23 August 2019

Madinah museum showcases over 2,000 rare artifacts

  • The museum has issued more than 44 books and publications on Madinah’s architecture

MADINAH: Dar Al-Madinah Museum offers visitors the opportunity to view historical pieces associated with the Prophet’s life. It features artifacts that capture the history, heritage, social life and culture of Madinah.

The museum’s executive director, Hassan Taher, said that it aims to promote the noble values of the Prophet Muhammad, encourage a sense of belonging and capture the history, culture and heritage of Madinah. The exhibits start with the Prophet’s life and end with the Saudi era.

Taher said: “The museum carries out specialized research in Madinah’s architectural heritage. It contains a library of relevant books, research and magazines, all of which are accessible to researchers.”

He said that the museum has issued more than 44 books and publications on Madinah’s architecture.

Taher explained that when preparing the museum’s narrative, it was necessary to reconcile temporal and spatial contexts so they created an added moral and intellectual value for the visitor.

He added: “There are around 2,000 artifacts in the museum’s exhibition halls. These include antiquities, extremely accurate models, handicrafts, manuscripts, documents, correspondence, old publications, postage stamps, photographs and artworks.”

One of the museum’s most valuable exhibits is a large collection of rare pieces associated with important moments in the Prophet’s life and the history of Madinah. 

These include various parts of the Kaaba, rare coins used in Madinah during different eras, ancient pottery, Islamic manuscripts, jewelry and collectibles from the pre-Islamic era.

Taher said that the museum has a professional team of guides who speak several languages, including English, Turkish, Urdu and Malay.