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23 Aug
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Under “Children’s Gate to the Future Project,” Nawa for Culture and Arts Association Organizes” Creative Writing” for the Children in Deir El Balah

Under “Children’s Gate to the Future Project,” Nawa for Culture and Arts Association Organizes” Creative Writing” for the Children in Deir El Balah

Nawa for Culture and Arts Association (NAWA) has recently organized a training course in “Creative Writing” for approximately (20) children in Deir El Balah Area. The course was held as a part of the ” Children’s Gate to the Future Project ”  at NAWA’s main office in Deir El Balah Area. The training was conducted by Ms. Rana Murtaja.

The course lasts for (15) sessions every Saturday and Tuesday where every session lasts for two hours from 9 am till 11 am. The twenty four-hour- course started on Saturday July 01st, and it will last till Tuesday August 15th. The course aims at helping the children in developing their skills in creative writing, and story-telling and narration as well as their abilities in critical and creative thinking. In addition, the course looks forward at improving the children’s reading abilities as the children participate in reading literary texts.

The course targeted about (20) children who are aging between (13) and (15) years, and who are interested in sharpening their skills in creative writing.

At the beginning of the course, Ms. Amal Al Rass, the project coordinator, welcomed the participating children, and Ms. Murtaja displayed for them a simple explanation about the course and its nature.

Amal Al Rass, the project coordinator, stated that this is the first time that NAWA holds this course which comes based on a need assessment for the children. She also added, “The various activities that NAWA organizes aim at exploring the literary and cognitive talents of the children. These activities seek at making reading and writing as daily activities in the lives of the adults and children.”

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30 Jul
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Nawa for Culture and Arts Association Organizes ” An Idea & Image” Course for the Children in Deir El Balah

Nawa for Culture and Arts Association Organizes ” Idea & Image” Course for the Children in Deir El Balah

Nawa for Culture and Arts Association (NAWA) has recently organized a training course in photography entitled: “An Idea & Image” for approximately (10) children in Deir El Balah Area at the training hall at Al Hekayat Kindergarten in Deir El Balah Area. The course was held as a part of the ” Psycho-social Photography Program in Gaza,” and it  is supported by Pressure Cooker Arts . The course was conducted by Ms. Rehaf Al Batniji and Mr. Ahmed Salamah who were trained by Rich Wales, an international photographer who came to Gaza in 2016.

The course lasts for (14) sessions, and is held every Sunday and Wednesday where every session lasts for three hours from 9 am till 11 am. The sixty-hour- course includes the most important topics and theories in photography such as:  the law of thirds, the distribution of elements, the photo strengths and weaknesses, and the portrait and its types.

At the beginning of the course, Ms. Rehaf Al Batniji welcomed the participating children, and she displayed for them a simple explanation about the course and its nature.

Amal Al Rass, the project coordinator, stated that this is the second time that NAWA holds such course, and it comes after the recurrent request of the children.

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30 Jul
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Nawa for Culture and Arts Association Organizes “The Eid’s Carnival” for Children in Deir El Balah

Nawa for Culture and Arts Association Organizes “The Eid’s Carnival” for Children in Deir El Balah

Nawa for Culture and Arts Association (NAWA) has recently organized a recreational festival for the children on the occasion of  Eid al-Fitr entitled “The Eid’s Carnival.” It was held on Tuesday June 27th, 2017 at NAWA’s playgrounds of Al-Bayyara and Al-Hakoora.

More than (200) children living in Deir El-Balah area have participated in the recreational event which began at 6:00 pm. The carnival included many activities like: the clown show, face painting, storytelling, singing folklore traditional songs, and holding cultural contests.

Mr. Salem Ghannam, the coordinator of Al Bayyara Playground, said that the main goal of this recreational day is creating an atmosphere filled with happiness and joy. He also thanked the playgrounds’ team for their tremendous efforts exerted for the success of this activity.

It is worth mentioning that the carnival comes as an integral part of a series of recreational activities implemented at Al Bayyara and Al Hakoora Playgrounds. Children along with their parents were overwhelmed with joy especially after joining most of the free playing activities. NAWA puts the children as a key priority in its activities to help them overcome all the mental traumas they went through.

 

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30 Jul
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Under “Children’s Gate to the Future,” Nawa for Culture and Arts Association Organizes “Arabic Calligraphy” Course for the Children in Deir El Balah

Under “Children’s Gate to the Future,” Nawa for Culture and Arts Association Organizes “Arabic Calligraphy” Course for the Children in Deir El Balah

Nawa for Culture and Arts Association (NAWA) has recently organized a training course entitled: “The Arabic Calligraphy” course for (25) children in Deir El Balah Area. The course was held as a part of the ” Children’s Gate to the Future Project ” at NAWA’s main office in Deir El Balah Area. The training was conducted by Mr. Hany Sarsour, a lecturer at Fine Arts Faculty at Al Aqsa University.
The course lasts for (12) sessions every Saturday and Tuesday where every session lasts for two hours from 9 am till 11 am. The twenty four-hour- course started on Saturday July 01st, and it will last till Tuesday August 15th. The course aims at helping the children in developing their writing in Arabic and developing indirectly their abilities in creative thinking.
The course included the basic rules of Ruqʿah and Naskh scripts in addition some specific calligraphic styles for writing in the Arabic alphabets.
At the beginning of the course, Mr. Hany Sarsour welcomed the participating children, and he displayed for them a simple explanation about the course and its nature.
Amal Al Ras, the project coordinator, stated that this is the second time that NAWA holds this course which comes based on a need assessment for the children.

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30 Jul
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Nawa for Culture and Arts Association Starts (2017) Summer Activities

Nawa for Culture and Arts Association Starts (2017) Summer Activities

Nawa for Culture and Arts Association (NAWA) has started the summer activities 2017 on Saturday July 1st. The summer activities come under “Kherna fi Deerna” activities.  They took place at NAWA’s different facilities in Deir Al Balah Area including:  NAWA’s main office, Al-Khidr Library for Children, and Al-Bayyara and Al-Hakoora Playgrounds.

The summer activities last for one month and a half, and they include a group of cultural, artistic, and recreational activities as well as courses that help children in gaining new experiences and acquiring new skills. There are also special meetings for mothers that cover educational and artistic topics and aim at strengthening the relationships between the children and their parents.

Amal Al Ras, a field coordinator, welcomed the children, and expressed her happiness towards the start of a new round of NAWA’s unique activities. NAWA also wishes that the children and their parents especially those who live in Deir Al Balah’s marginalized neighborhoods will enjoy such activities.

You can learn more about NAWA’s summer activities in the following link: https://www.facebook.com/Nawa.association/

 

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30 Jul
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Nawa for Culture and Arts Association Finalizes (2017) Ramadan Activities

Nawa for Culture and Arts Association Finalizes (2017) Ramadan Activities

Nawa for Culture and Arts Association (NAWA) finalized the activities of the holy month of Ramadan on Thursday June, 22nd. The Ramadan month’s activities are entitled: “Ramadan Contributions: Itqan” and they come under “Kherna fi Deerna” activities.  They took place at NAWA’s different facilities in Deir Al Balah Area including:  NAWA’s main office, Al-Khidr Library for Children, and Al-Bayyara and Al-Hakoora Playgrounds.

Throughout these activities, children took part in NAWA’s activities as follows: “Sanabel” activities” for children under (6) years, “My Toy Out of My Story”, “Arts Carts” and “Ones & Tens” for children (7-9 years old), “Alphabets from Wools I” and “Numbers from Wools” for children (10-12 years old), and “Weave My Tale” and “Alphabets from Wools” courses.

The activities aimed at empowering the vulnerable children in Deir Al Balah Area through the non-formal education and increasing their access to cultural, recreational, and artistic activities. They also aimed at promoting their values and community-based morals during the holy month of Ramadan through creating educational tools for children and giving them to the children of Al-Hekayat Kindergarten and Al-Khidr Library for Children.

It is worth mentioning that Al Hakoora and Al Bayyara playgrounds had their own courses like: “Numbers & Alphabets”, “Creating Cuneiform Plates,” “Holding Ramdan’s Nights,” and “Narrating Prophets Tales.”

NAWA’s animators received positive feedback from the children as well as their parents. Amal Al-Ras, a field coordinator, stated, “We had a dramatic increase in the number of the participating children especially after distributing “Kherna fi Deerna” Calendar 2017.

There were big numbers of children from Deir Al Balah Area who came and visited NAWA’s facilities for the first time and decided doggedly to take part in its activities. Many children expressed their happiness and content towards NAWA’s various and rich activities.

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12 Jun
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Nawa for Culture and Arts Association Starts its Summer Vacation Activities (2017)

Nawa for Culture and Arts Association Starts its Summer Vacation Activities (2017)

Nawa for Culture and Arts Association (NAWA) starts its (2017) summer vacation activities on Saturday June,3rd. The activities are entitled: “Kherna fi Deerna,” and take place at NAWA’s different facilities in Deir Al Balah Area including:  NAWA’s main office, Al-Khidr Library for Children, and Al-Bayyara and Al-Hakoora Playgrounds.

The activities aim at empowering the vulnerable children in Deir Al Balah Area through the non-formal education and increasing their access to cultural and artistic activities. They also aim at promoting their values and community-based morals especially during the holy month of Ramadan through the community contribution called “Itqan,” which aims at creating educational tools for children and giving them to the children of Al-Hekayat Kindergarten and Al-Khidr Library for Children.

The activities include: “Sanabel” activities” and “My Story,” for children under (6) years, “My Toy Out of My Story”, “Arts Carts” and “Ones & Tens” for children (7-9 years old), “Alphabets from Wools I” and “Numbers from Wools” for children (10-12 years old), and “Weave My Tale” and “Alphabets from Wools” courses.

It is worth mentioning that Al Hakoora and Al Bayyara playgrounds have their own courses like: “Numbers & Alphabets”, “Creating Cuneiform Plates,” “Holding Ramdan’s Nights,” and “Narrating Prophets Tales.”

There were big numbers of children from Deir Al Balah Area who participate in the activities in addition to their parents. They all expressed their happiness and content towards NAWA’s various and rich activities.

You can learn more about the current activities this link:

http://nawaculture.org/nawa-for-culture-and-arts-association-releases-its-calendar-for-summer-activities-2017/

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12 Jun
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Al Bayyara & Al Hakoora Playgrounds Continue its Activities During April

Al Bayyara & Al Hakoora Playgrounds Continue its Activities During April

Al Bayyara and Al Hakoora playgrounds continue its activities during April which had witnessed a significant flow of children and their families from all the Gaza Strip areas. The activities varied between playing, arts, reading; in addition to, holding the open days, implementing voluntary environmental initiatives, and receiving a regular school’s and KGs’ visits.

Three open days were implemented where the children enjoyed watching the theatre, clowns, and parkour performances. The playgrounds’ teams also participated in events that took place outside Al Hakoora and Al Bayyara playgrounds like: celebrating the World Health Day at Al Nusseirat UNRWA Clinic and Al-Khidr First Festival for Culture and Arts at Al-Khidr Cultural Library.

Furthermore, Al Bayyara and Al Hakoora playgrounds welcomed children from a number of primary and prep schools as well as kindergartens. The children have enjoyed the storytelling, folklore songs, and other recycling activities.

Groups of volunteers who know about the playgrounds from the social media, websites and the social relationships have visited the playgrounds. Such groups are “Turning Trash into Treasure Team” from Amideast and another (25) volunteers from the Faculty of Commerce and Office Management at UNRWA Gaza Training College. The volunteers contributed in using the recycled waste materials in preparing and painting the cars’ tires. They also expressed their happiness towards the activities.

Regarding the coordination and liaison between the playground and the local institutions, Al Bayyara playground welcomed Jom’at Farah Initiative on April 27th under the sponsorship of Palestine Trauma Centre. They conducted face painting activities, clown shows, theatre performances, and competitions.  Moreover, the Palestinian Centre for Democracy and Conflict Resolutions agreed with NAWA to conduct (10) meetings to implement a workshop for making puppets with the children of Wajd Program for children orphaned in 2014 assault on Gaza.

It is worth mentioning that there are multiple activities that will be held in the coming months especially with the coming of the summer vacation activities.

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04 Jun
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Nawa for Culture and Arts Association (NAWA) Organizes Al-Khidr First Festival for Culture and Arts

 

Nawa for Culture and Arts Association (NAWA) Organizes Al-Khidr First Festival for Culture and Arts

On its third anniversary, Nawa for Culture and Arts Association (NAWA) has organized Al-Khidr First Festival for Culture and Arts on April, 20th, 2017. The festival was held in the presence of  children, their parents, and educators in  Deir Al Balah Area.

The festival was a cultural event for the children and their parents through the festival’s various corners such as: the free reading, storytelling, painting on glass, theatre performances, Arabic calligraphy, and handcrafts.

The children expressed their happiness towards the festival; they kept coming to the library repeatedly several days after and asking for more days of the one-day festival.

At the same time, the festival comes to celebrate NAWA’s accomplishments in its third anniversary which include: the restoration of Al-Khidr Monastery and its rehabilitation as a library for the children, construction of the Cultural Building in Deir Al Balah Area which includes: Al Hekayat Kindergarten and NAWA’s Cultural Gallery, the operation of Al-Hakoora and Al-Bayyara Playgrounds, and the operation of Evry Play Library in Khanyonis Area.

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04 Jun
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Nawa for Culture and Arts Association (NAWA) Organizes a Graduation Ceremony for the Children of Al-Hekayat Kindergarten

Nawa for Culture and Arts Association (NAWA) Organizes a Graduation Ceremony for the Children of Al-Hekayat Kindergarten

Nawa for Culture and Arts Association (NAWA) has recently organized a graduation ceremony for Al-Hekayat Kindergarten’s children. The ceremony held—as usual—at the end of the academic year 2016/2017, and it took place at Al- Hakoora Playground. Among the attendees were Ms. Reem Abu Jaber, NAWA’s Executive Director, Ms. Tahani Dalool, NAWA’s Chairwoman, and Ms. Samah Abu Rebee’, the Director of the kindergarten, and tens of children’s parents.

At the beginning of the ceremony, Ms. Abu Rebee’ welcomed the attendants expressing her pleasure with the graduation of the sixth generation of the children appreciating the close follow up and very positive role played by the children’s parents in the educational process at the kindergarten.

The ceremony included several theatrical shows, performed by the children. Such shows include: The Palestinian anthem, “The Lost Cake Show,” Traditional story\“Hedaydoon Storytelling, “and Dabkah traditional dance.

The parents expressed their happiness towards their children’s enrollment at Al Hekayat Kindergarten especially with the early childhood programs and various cultural and artistic activities offered by NAWA.

At the end, the kindergarten staff distributed the certificates and gifts for the children wishing them a joyful vacation.

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