Iraqs Prime Minister to Announce Bold New Initiative to Bring Iraqs Education System Into 21st Century

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Prime Minister to Sign Agreement With AED July 25 in DC

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WASHINGTON, July 22 /-USNewswire/ -- The following is being released by the Academy for Educational Development:

Who: Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and Dr. Zuhair Humadi, executive director of the program.

When: Saturday, July 25, 8:45 a.m. EDT

Where: AED, Academy Hall, 1825 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, DC.

Why: In an effort to enable Iraq to rebuild its country expeditiously, Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki will announce a new education initiative on Saturday, July 25 at AED. Among the Iraq Education Initiative's goals is to send up to 10,000 Iraqi students per year over the next five years to the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia to complete their higher education studies, beginning with a pilot program of 500 students for the 2009-2010 school year.

Twenty-two universities are founding members of the American Universities Iraq Consortium which are welcoming these students. Consortium details will be announced at the news conference.

AED: Founded in 1961, AED is a preeminent, nonprofit social change organization working globally to improve education, health, social and economic development--the backbone of thriving societies. Focusing on the underserved, AED's worldwide staff of 2000 implements more than 300 programs serving people in all 50 U.S. states and more than 150 countries. For details visit www.aed.org.

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