One of the latest contributions to the International year of the Child has come from Jordan -- with a sporting festival in Amman on Thursday (31 May).
SV INTERIOR Queen Nour of Jordan talking to teachers in United Nations Refugee Welfare Agency School exhibition in Amman and looking at exhibits. (3 SHOTS)
CU PULL BACK TO SV Student weaving small piece of cloth by plaiting yarn.
SV Queen Nour talking to student weaving.
SCU Arts and crafts sign on wall.
SV Queen Nour walking past students and looking at photographs in exhibition.
SV Queen Nour and officials looking at paintings on exhibition and SV paintings. (3 SHOTS)
SCU United Nations flag flying on football PAN TO Jordanian flag flying from other post.
GV Teachers and students from school taking part in sponsored run and running around track. (4 SHOTS)
GV Crowd watch as contestants run past.
GV Mr. Turner running past - eventually completed fifty circuits in sponsored run.
GV Sponsored run, participants run past.
SV Mr. Turner being congratulated.
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Background: One of the latest contributions to the International year of the Child has come from Jordan -- with a sporting festival in Amman on Thursday (31 May).
SYNOPSIS: The festival was sponsored by American-born Queen Nour - the former Lisa Halaby who married King Hussein just a year ago.
The venue for the event was the Amman training centre of the United Nations Refugee Welfare Agency (UNRWA) and hundreds of employees and students from UNRWA schools took part. The festival included an exhibition of arts and crafts.
Queen Nour -- herself an architecture graduate from Princeton University in the United States - took an interest in the students' design work. UNRWA was set up in 1950 to provide relief, health and education services for Palestinian refugees in Lebanon, Syria, east Jordan, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. Last year more than 300,000 children attended the 616 schools operated by UNRWA - and more than 27,000 refugees have passed through the organisation's eight vocational centres.
The high point of the festival was an open sprint to raise funds for the refugee work. Fifty people took part, competing in five sections, depending on age. Each participant was sponsored to earn a fixed sum for each circuit made on the sports track -- the proceeds all going towards UNRWA's activities.
Among the runners was the resident UnRWa representative in Amman, Mr. Turner, who successfully completed 50 circuits - or ten kilometres - despite his 55 -0 years of age.
All participants received special certificates showing their achievements and the amount they had contributed towards the International Year of the Child.