NCCA coordinates a rich variety of activities and educational programs. Annually, NCCA hosts the International Arab Children's Congress (IACC). The IACC was initiated by Her Majesty Queen Noor after the 1980 Arab Summit Conference was held in Amman. It brings together young people from around the world for one week of travel and learning designed to promote cross-cultural understanding, tolerance and solidarity.
Participants are encouraged to discuss and debate contemporary issues and challenges they face, and to appreciate more fully cultural diversity among nations. Guests of honor have included Angelina Jolie, Ricky Martin and Syrian artist Assala Nassri.
Theatre-in-Education in Jordan raises awareness and understanding of the performing arts in the educational process and effectively promotes social change. Established in 1989, NCCA's National Theater-in-Education Troupe produces interactive plays that promote entrepreneurship, healthy lifestyles, human rights, conflict resolution, democracy, peace and improved quality of life.
The Theater Arts School for Young People adopted the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts curriculum and is accredited by the Jordanian Ministry of Education. The school provides professional training for children and youth in acting, directing, improvisation, creative writing, mime, creative movement, voice and speech, puppetry, and theater design. NCCA also offers training programs for teachers, educators, and performing artists from Jordan and the region on the use of Theater-in-Education, the Art of Public Speaking, Creative Movement, and Communication Skills.
In 2006, NCCA and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts produced a groundbreaking production, entitled "Walking the Winds: Arabian Tales" that premiered at the John F. Kennedy Center’s Family Theater in Washington. The production's aim was to promote cross-cultural understanding and awareness of Arab heritage and traditions, and foster understanding and mutual respect between the two cultures.
In 2007, NCCA participated in the Okinawa International Festival for Young Audiences. It was the first time that an Arab organization was represented at the Japanese festival. Under the patronage of Her Royal Highness Princess Raiyah, Jordanian artists performed on stage and took part in two international symposiums held within the Okinawa Festival.
Accredited by the Royal Academy of Dance, the Dance Department offers training in classical ballet. Students take the Royal Academy of Dance examinations annually, in addition to receiving training in contemporary dance based on the Limon technique.
NCCA is also developing unique and original interpretations of Jordanian folkloric dance; integrating traditional and contemporary dance with traditional and classical Arabic music.
NCCA produces television programs and documentaries for local and international organizations, in addition to short television documentaries and television spots for awareness campaigns. Examples of past work include a social comedy on human rights and democracy, a play on road safety and drama documentaries about family planning and women's participation in elections.
NCCA regularly produces Arabic language activity books and guidebooks for teachers. These publications facilitate learning activities on social and human issues. In cooperation with the Ministry of Education, NCCA published the first guide book on the use of drama in education at the elementary level, as well as a Culture of Peace activity book in cooperation with UNESCO. Ten thousand copies were distributed to schools in Jordan.
Culture of Peace Program
In 1996, NCCA pioneered the Culture of Peace program to promote non-violent conflict resolution skills among children and youth in Jordan through theater, puppetry, songs, printed materials and television programs.The Culture of Peace program was supported by Fundación Codespa and the European Union.
In 2001, NCCA received additional funding to expand the Culture of Peace program to Lebanon and Palestine. Through several radio programs, television series, guide books for teachers and an activity book for children, the program promoted human rights and democracy. This was supported by the MEDA Programme and the European Initiative for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR).