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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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09 Jul
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“Psychosocial Photography Programme in Gaza” Project

Within the “Psychosocial Photography Programme in Gaza” Project, NAWA in cooperation with Pressure Cooker Arts is organizing Photography Workshops for children (10-16) in Deir Al-Balah. Children will learn how to weave original, personal stories into their photography, express their own perspectives of everyday life in their communities,  as well as their dreams, aspirations and concerns while at the same time learning about photography techniques and theories.
Training course will continue during the summer months. The exact dates of the training will be announced later.
Registration starts from July 9th-12th, 2016 in NAWA on a first-come-first-served basis.

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09 Jul
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Community Contribution in Summer Vacation 2016 “Green Living”

Children participated in a community self help program of cleaning up Tarrazi Street and planting 200 olive trees in Deir Al-Balah during the holy month of Ramadan. This community activity was carried out by eager children, animators and youth groups as part of the community contributions of summer vacation 2016 called “Green Living”. 

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03 Jul
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Open Days Summer 2016

Open Days provide quality cultural and entertainment activities for children every Saturday from 12:00 p.m. till 1:30 p.m. NAWA Open days in summer 2016 include: beautifying NAWA’s external wall, a traditional story festival, trips, planting 200 olive trees Al Tarazi Street in Deir Al-Balah , educational field trips to archaeological sites and many celebratory events.

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03 Jul
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Parents Club 2016

Parents Club 2016 includes a variety of cultural and artistic activities such as recycling, doll making and cultural contests.
Parents Club 2016 focuses on joint activities that bring together parents (both mothers and/or fathers) and their children.
Parents Club 2016 aims to strengthen the role of parents as a child’s first teachers and also raise awareness and educate parents on topics of child development and growth.
Parents Club 2016 is held every Saturday at 10 a.m. at NAWA.  We welcome  all interested parents as we are all partners in bringing up healthy and educated children.

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