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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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31 May
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Nawa for Culture and Arts Association Releases its Calendar for Summer Activities (2017)

 

Nawa for Culture and Arts Association Releases its Calendar for Summer Activities (2017)

Nawa for Culture and Arts Association (NAWA) releases its calendar for summer activities (2017) entitled: “Kherna fi Deerna.” The activities will 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 increasing the children’s access to cultural and artistic activities, and developing their imaginations as well as social and cognitive skills. They also aim at promoting their values and community-based morals especially during the holy month of Ramadan. There will be two main rounds of activities. The first round of the summer activities lasts from June 3rd till June 21st, while the second round will continue from July 1st till August 16th.
During the first round, NAWA’s main office will host the “Sanabel” activities for children under (6) years. The children will have the space to participate in the movement, artistic, and storytelling activities. Furthermore, NAWA will conduct “My Toy Out of My Story” and “Arts Carts” activities where children (7-9 years old) can learn how to create their favorite stories’ characters through reusing the available waste materials. “Alphabets from Wools I” and “Numbers from Wools” are two courses that will be held particularly for children (10-12 years old). They will allow the children to weave alphabets and numbers in different shapes from wools. Concerning children aging between (13-15 years old), “Weave My Tale” and “Alphabets from Wools” courses are going to demonstrate their skills in Arabic and English writing through using the wools. In the second round, the activities aim at developing the children’s skills in arts and writing in an innovative learning environment. Under six children can join the distinctive “Folklore” traditional dances where they can unleash their energy and widen their respect to the Palestinian heritage. However, children between (7-9 years old), can join the following courses: “Ceramics,” “Wool and Cartoon,” “Theatre Days,” and “Chorus I.” In regards to children between (10-12 years old), NAWA designed for them the following courses: “Rotoosh I,” “Dabkah,” “Graphic Designing,” and “Chorus.” Matching the needs of the children aging between (13-15 years old), NAWA will conduct the following activities: “Rotoosh II,” “Creative Writing,” and “Arabic Caligraphy.”
In addition, Al Khidr Library for Children will be conducting (4) activities entitled: “My Story,” “Ones & Tens,” “Cloth & Thread,” and “Creating Guiding Signs.” Such activities will promote the children’s understanding towards preserving the environment. In the meantime, Al Khidr Library for Children sets different activities that suit the children’s different needs and various interests. Firstly, under six children can join “Making my Toy I” course while children between (7-9 years old) can enroll in any of the following course: “The Planets Secrets” and “Creating My Own Planet.” Such activities will develop the children’s sense of belonging towards our planet as well as environment. Furthermore, “Our Home is Our Country” and “My Home Country’s Map” are two activities that will be held specifically for children between (10-12 years old) while children between (13-15 years old) can join “Making my Toy II.”
Meanwhile, Al-Bayyara and Al-Hakoora playgrounds will have its own activities such as: “Numbers & Alphabets,” “Creating Cuneiform Plates,” “Holding Ramdan’s Nights,” and “Narrating Prophets Tales.” The activities’ purpose is to reflect the positive environmental concepts in regards to preserving the environment and keeping it clean. During the second round, both playgrounds will be holding (8) traditional weeks where children will celebrate and enjoy the Palestinian heritage and culture. In addition, (7) open days will be held at both playgrounds every Thursday which includes theatre and clownery performances.
Moreover, NAWA will implement open days, educational, and recreational events. NAWA will also accompany the children to educational and recreational trips that aim at entertaining the children. Likewise, they will be escorted into visits to the archeological sites.
NAWA also has special parents’ clubs that will be held on weekly basis every Monday. The main goal is strengthening the relationship between the children and parents besides broadening their knowledge about children growth and development. Such meetings will be held at all NAWA’s facilities.
At the end, NAWA wishes that such activities will be bring the happiness and joy to the children of Deir Al Balah area as well as their parents.
You can learn more about the activities in the following link:https://www.facebook.com/Nawa.association/

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08 Nov
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Photography Course

Within the Psychological Support  Through Photography program, NAWA in cooperation with Pressure Cooker Arts is organizing a “Photography Course” for children (10-16) in Deir Al-Balah. Children will learn about photography techniques and theories, autobiographical storytelling and making storyboards.
The training course will continue during the summer months and the exact dates of the training will be announced later.
Registration starts from July 9th-7th, 2016 in NAWA on a first-come first-served basis.

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04 Aug
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The Final event of “We Love Reading” Project

The final event  of  the “We Love Reading” project  took place on a beautiful evening at Al-Bayyara garden on July 21st., 2016.
The children, who had spent many hours in rehearsals, performed several shows for their parents and visitors from Al-Bayyara neighborhood.  More than 400 people,  children and families, attended the performance.
The final event included a lyrical show entitled “Moon, Please Wash Your Face” which was performed by children under 6 years old, followed by a performance of a popular story called (Hdidon and Ogress) out to song,  a lyrical performance of a group of traditional folk songs  and finally the children performed a shadow light theater of  The Pear Girl .
At the end of the final event, the children presented a range of handicraft gifts to the attendees in order to spread the message of the project which is to encourage the habit of reading in society to the largest possible number of people.

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16 Jul
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Opening Ceremony of Al-Bayyara Park in Al-Zawayda and Deir Al-Balah

Nawa for Culture and Arts Association  opened the recreational park “Al-Bayyara” on Thursday 14th of July, 2016 in Al-Zawayda and Deir Al-Balah.
“Al-Bayyara” project is one of the most important national projects funded by the Welfare Association together with a group of supporters, including Bank of Palestine, WAY and Mona & Bassem Hishmeh, seeking to build recreational and educational facilities for children and families  in various areas of Palestine in governorates, villages and the countryside, including Gaza Strip and West Bank.
The opening ceremony included speeches by NAWA’s Executive Director, Ms. Reem Abu Jaber, Mr. Fadi Hindi of the Welfare Association and Mr. Badr Zimmu of the Bank of Palestine.
The opening ceremony also included rich and varied displays of Palestinian heritage such as Palestinian embroidery, recycled palm fronds, baking of  local unleavened bread, in addition to a number of fine artists who showcased their skills and talents.
The children of Al-Zawayda and Deir Al-Balah welcomed the guests in their own way by performing a wonderful singing chorus of Palestinian traditional folk songs.
“Al- Bayyara” garden in Al-Zawayda and Deir Al-Balah is the first of its kind and reflects positive environmental concepts and practices: all games and recreational corners for children are made from natural wood and materials sourced from the local environment. “Al- Bayyara” garden offers a variety of cultural and recreational activities for children and their mothers including free play, storytelling, reading, fine arts, and activities which involve recycling and reusing local materials. .

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11 Jul
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Small-Scale Activities in Al-Khidr and Monastery Restoration

The animators continue to implement small-scale cultural and artistic activities on a daily basis with children under 12 years old,  such as  storytelling, free reading a and fine arts at Al Khadir Street in Deir Al-Balah. Also animators are working on beautifying the walls of Al Khadir Street with mosaics in preparation for its opening as a library for children at the end of summer.

NAWA invited all interested people, such as Al Khadir neighborhood  residents and youth groups , to participate in voluntary work of beautifying and cleaning Al Khadir Street. The children of Deir Al-Balah city, who helped in cleaning the Al-Khidr monastery area as a part of the community self-help program, were also among the volunteers. These activities took place together with the restoration of Al Khadir Monastery which is expected to be completed by RIWAQ and IWAN Center for Architectural Heritage by the beginning of 2017 , when it will be used as children’s library by Nawa for Culture and Arts. The project is supported by the Swedish Government through UNESCO, Institut du Patrimoine Wallon (IPW), and Wallonie-Bruxelles International (WBI).

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10 Jul
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“We Love Reading” Evenings in June, 2016

On two balmy evenings in June, 2016, children presented a singing theater performance called “Rumbling Rooster” and “Happy Bunny House” as well as performing lyrical songs called “Big Dream” and “Abu Leila Moon” in Al Bayyara Park in Deir Al- Balah. Both children and parents enjoyed the singing theater performances  which were part of  the”We Love Reading” project. “We Love Reading” project is funded by MECA.

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