Tehran, Sept 23, IRNA - The new academic year in Iran began Sunday morning with President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad ringing the bell at a girl's guidance school in southwestern Tehran.
Later, President Ahmadinejad addressed students and teaching staff of 'Hejab' girl's school on the occasion.
Several cultural and scientific dignitaries, including Minister of Education, Mahmoud Farshidi, attended the ceremony.
Addressing the students, the president said school is the most valuable foundation, after the family, which is at the service of construction, development, culture and morals.
Following the ceremony, President Ahmadinejad proceeded to Mehrabad International Airport to leave for New York where he is to attend the 62nd session of the UN General Assembly.
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