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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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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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