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With the success of Reading for All, which has made many precious books available at low prices for the past 13 years, the Egyptian experience is to lease life into the Arab cultural scene with a similar larger plan, a cultural official said recently
Flipping through the program on the first day of this three-day event that characterises the mandate of the Supreme Council for Culture, it was impossible not to be struck by how many references there were to religious discourse.
Egypt's First Lady Suzanne Mubarak announced that the cultural building of individuals is one of Egypt's most important national projects.
This week the Egyptian Museum launched a programme to teach Egyptians about their ancient history - the idea of the Minister for Culture Farouk Hosni, in emulation of a similar school at the Louvre in Paris.
For decades now, Cairo's famed Egyptian Museum has needed redefining and modernising. Those who run it say the revolution has begun.
Ancient works of art are the latest of Africa's antiquities to be returned to their rightful owners.