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20 Jan
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NAWA Finalizes A Training Course Entitled “Dantil”

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Nawa for Culture and Arts Association (NAWA) finalized today implementing a training course for children entitled “Dantil” as part of “Vulnerable Children Empowerment through Culture and Arts Activities in Nature” project.

The 10-day course which includes 20 training hours on several topics aimed at developing children’s imagination by trying to reuse the environment in designing new works of art and promoting friendly practices.

In her turn, Ghadir Abu Musabeh, a member of the Nawa Society for Culture and Arts, welcomed the children and gave a brief description of the establishment of the playgrounds, their activities,  and services provided to the Palestinian community in the Deir Al-Balah area, stressing the importance of the course.

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Salem Ghannam, coordinator of NAWA Playgrounds, expressed the importance of expressed the importance of such activities in the preservation of the environment and society. He believes that these activities help to transform things around us that are worthless into useful designs, thus creating real value added. He added that children learn how to exploit non-usable materials, which many consider useless to produce wonderful art products.

It is worth mentioning that the project is implemented in cooperation with the French Consulate in Jerusalem and seeks to improve the well-being of thousands of Palestinian children and their families by offering a wide range of non-formal education and cultural programs.

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20 Jan
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NAWA Implements a Training Course Entitled “Book Club”

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Nawa for Culture and Arts Association (NAWA) finalized today implementing a training course entitled “Book Club” for (20) children living in Deir Al-Balah Area. The course comes under “Vulnerable Children Empowerment through Culture and Arts Activities in Nature” project, implemented at NAWA Playgrounds, and funded by French Consulate in Jerusalem.

The sixteen hour course, which will take place between 06 January and 20 January 2019, aims at equipping the children with the skills to analyze and discuss the poetry of the renown Palestinian poet, Mahmoud Darwich.

“Books usually exercise children’s brains and provide enjoyable and easy ways for your children to develop many literacy skills,” said Aisha Al Zari, an animator at NAWA Playgrounds.

It is worth mentioning that the “Book Club”  comes as a part of the “Winter Season Activities 2019”, which is entitled “I am a Human”, after the first   book in human rights for the children in Arabic. As well, all the activities of this calendar came to promote human rights in general and children’s rights in particular.

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08 Jan
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NAWA Opens Training Course for Children Entitled “The Little Librarian “

Nawa for Culture and Art Association (NAWA) opens a training course entitled: “The Little Librarian” course for (16) children living at Deir Al Al-Balah   Area. The course comes under ” Children’s Gate to the Future (2): Empowering Vulnerable Children through Non-Formal Education ” project, implemented at NAWA Cultural Center, and is funded by Bread for the World and MADRE Association.

The twelve -hour-course, which takes place between 06 January and 20 January 2019, aims at teaching children about Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC), a proprietary library classification system approved and internally used for classifying the library collections inside NAWA libraries.

Amal Al Shorafa, the course animator and the course trained has explained that this course has come after the need of the children for such courses for they are always wondering about how books inside libraries are classified. Lotfiyya Al Buhisi, 11, said “I loved the course very much, I love classifying books, and library collections.”

It is worth mentioning that the project activities seek to empower the community of Deir Al-Balah where the creative potentials of the children are unfolded to solve the challenges within the community out of their own strengths through targeting (1500) children in three years.

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08 Jan
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NAWA Implements A Training Course Entitled “Scientific Research & Information Literacy”

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Nawa for Culture and Arts Association (NAWA) continues in implementing “Scientific Research & Information Literacy” course at Al Khidr Library for Children as part of “Vulnerable Children Empowerment Through Non-Formal Education ” project.

The one-week course which includes 10 training hours on several topics aimed at equipping the children with new skills related to information skills.

In her turn, Hasan Abu Mizyed, an animator at Al Khidr Library, welcomed the children and gave a brief description of the course stressing the importance of the course. He added, “Information literacy is important for today’s learners, it promotes problem solving approaches and thinking skills.”

It is worth mentioning that the project is implemented in cooperation with Drosos Foundation and seeks to empower the vulnerable children and their parents in Deir al-Balah city and camp (middle of the Gaza Strip), through non-formal education.

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07 Jan
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NAWA Opens Training Course for Children Entitled “Paper Textile”

Nawa for Culture and Art Association (NAWA) opens a training course for (15) children living at Deir Al Al-Balah   Area. The course comes under ” Children’s Gate to the Future (2): Empowering Vulnerable Children through Non-Formal Education ” project, implemented at NAWA Cultural Center, and is funded by Bread for the World and MADRE Association.

The ten-hour-course, which takes place between 06 January and 20 January 2019, aimed at teaching children how to design paper paints from colorful papers using the textures and papers.

The project activities seek to empower the community of Deir Al-Balah where the creative potentials of the children are unfolded to solve the challenges within the community out of their own strengths through targeting (1500) children in three years.

Salem Awad, a senior animator and art trainer, stated that visual arts and using the papers specifically help the children in using their hands in creating useful products .

In addition, the children expressed their happiness about their enrollment in this course. For example, Yosuf Al Azayza, 8, said, “I started to design simple houses and shapes from papers.”

The “Paper Textile” course comes as a part of the “Winter Season Activities 2019”, which is entitled “I am a Human”, named after the first   book in human rights for the children in Arabic. As well, all the activities of this calendar came to promote human rights in general and children’s rights in particular.

The project includes several activities, including cultural activities such as storytelling, free reading, art activities and activities, recreational activities, and capacity building activities for parents and educators to enable them to respond to the needs of the children.

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07 Jan
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Al Khidr Library for Children Continues in Implementing Winter Season Activities 2019

Al Khidr Library for Children continues in implementing winter season activities and events for 2019 which bears the name of “I am Human.” The library activities targets the children aging between  4 and 12 years. These activities aim at promoting the human rights based approach which is one of NAWA strategic cross-cutting issues adapted by NAWA in its activities and programs.

The activities the library implements include: cultural activities that increase the access of the children to the information,   art activities that promote the children education and practice for visual and non-visual arts, and recreational activities.The cultural activities include storytelling session and information literacy and scientific research, book club course, and Calligraphy Course. Meanwhile, the library implemented a group of art courses including: free painting activities.

Al Khidr Library for Children activities come under: “Vulnerable Children Empowerment  through Non-Formal Education” which is implemented in partnership with Drosos Foundation.

In their roles, the children expressed their happiness towards the implemented activities and courses. Lojain Al Azayza, 11, said, “I was very fascinated for the vacation to come where I took part in the book club, for I love storytelling very much, and I love to take part in the theatric shows.”

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06 Jan
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NAWA Opens A Training Course Entitled “House of Theater and Tales”

 

Nawa for Culture and Arts Association (NAWA) opened  today a training course entitled “House of Theater and Tales” for(20) children living in Deir Al-Balah Area. The course comes under ” Children’s Gate to the Future (2) :Empowering Vulnerable Children through Non-Formal  Education ” project, implemented at NAWA Cultural Center, and  funded by Bread for the World.

The ten hour course, which will take place between 06 January and 20 January 2019, aims at teaching children role playing and acting on stage. The course looks forwards to training the children how to perform a theatrical work of the story “Black Ear and Blonde Ear.”

“The drama stimulates children’s creativity, develops a spirit of cooperation, and fosters their self-confidence, and a sense of security, belonging to society and hope for the future,” said Amal Al-Shorfa, a senior animator and Drama trainer at  Nawa  for Culture and Arts Association.

In addition, the children expressed their happiness about the activities of the winter season 2019 activities. For example, Alia Youssef, 10, said she was eager to end the exams so that she could join drama and acting courses.

The “House of Theater and Tales” comes as a part of the “Winter Season Activities 2019”, which is entitled “I am a Human”, after the first   book in human rights for the children in Arabic. As well, all the activities of this calendar came to promote human rights in general and children’s rights in particular.

The project seeks to empower the community of Deir Al-Balah where the creative potentials of the children are unfolded to solve the challenges within the community out of their own strengths through targeting (1500) children in three years. The project includes several activities, including cultural activities such as storytelling, free reading, art activities and activities, recreational activities, and capacity building activities for parents and educators to enable them to respond to the needs of the children.

 

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06 Jan
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NAWA Launches Winter Season Activities Entitled: “I am Human”

 

Nawa for Culture and Arts Association (NAWA) has launched a group of cultural, artistic, recreational courses and activities for the children, youths, their parents as well as the children under six year old. This new activities calendar bear the name of “I am a Human” where the name has come from the first Arabic book of children in the human rights. The winter season activities for 2019 come to promote human rights in general and children’s rights in particular, and to enhance the human rights based approach which is one of NAWA strategic cross-cutting issues .

In addition, the activities aim at widening the children the children’s cultural, cognitive and intellectual horizons, entertaining them, and investing their winter vacations in a useful and enjoyable ways. Among the most important courses and cultural activities carried out at NAWA Cultural Center: the “House of Theater and Tales”, the “Little Librarian”, while the artistic activities and courses include: “Watercolors”, “3 Colors”, and “Texture” courses.

In regards Al Khidr Library for Children, it carried out the following cultural courses: “Information Literacy and Information Science” and “Book Club” while NAWA Playgrounds implements the following course “Environmental Flashes” which aim at raising the children awareness on various environmental topics.

In addition to the above, NAWA Gallery carries out a number of scientific courses and activities in which children discover some of the scientific topics through experimentation and application. These courses include: “Look and Explore” and “Let’s Try.” The winter season activities lasted for two weeks in the period between 06 January 2019 and 20 January 2019.

NAWA six centers witnessed notable response in the courses and activities in the winter season activities. Dana Al Ashaal, 9, said, “I registered my child in ” House of Theater and Tales” at NAWA Cultural Center. She has selected this activity herself, and I feel reassured to participate in the activities of NAWA which develops her skills and helps me to discover their interests.

“I like the drama sessions that take place at the NAWA Center because they made me love acting and playing roles,” said 10-year-old Alia Yusuf. Aya Khalaf, 12, said, “I have been eagerly awaiting the start of the winter activities to participate in the activities of the Children’s Library, where I have heard about them through my classmates and friends at school.”

The winter season activities are carried out in the following centers: NAWA Cultural Center, Al Khidr Library for Children, NAWA Playgrounds, NAWA Gallery, and the Evry Play Library in cooperation with Bread for the World Foundation, Drosos Foundation, the  General French Consulate in Jerusalem and the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development,  Evry Palestine Foundation and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation. Winter activities and activities contribute at NAWA strategic which aimed at empowering the community of Deir Al Balah to increase their access to knowledge and information.

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31 Dec
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NAWA Opens NAWA’s Gallery “Eye &Sight”

NAWA has opened a science gallery called: “Eye & Sight”. The first of its kind in the Gaza Strip, the gallery is a mobile scientific and interactive exhibit which includes a group of scientific models and holds some interactive scientific shows. The gallery aims at promoting the effective use of non-formal education tools in science fields.

The gallery has three main corners: eight-scientific models- corner, the scientific video corners, and the scientific mentorship corner. The exhibits corners aim at providing learning opportunities and more  constructive and oriented learning experiences giving the children responsibility for their own learning. It also promotes children’s senses of discovery. In a cooperation with Al Nayzak Organization in Ramallah, NAWA managed in obtaining the scientific models for the gallery. The gallery is now offering cultural, artistic, and non-formal educational services for the children and youths in Deir Al Balah.

 

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31 Dec
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NAWA Finalizes its Development for Three Organizational Manuals and (13) Policies

Nawa for Culture and Arts Association (NAWA) finalized the development of three organizational manuals and (13) policies. These recent developments came under the ” Cultural Empowerment of Children, Youth, Parents and Educators in Deir Al Balah Area” project which is supported by Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and implemented by NAWA. The project aims at contributing to NAWA first and second strategic objectives which are to empower Deir Al Balah community culturally, artistically, educationally, and psychologically, and to improve NAWA’s financial sustainability and institutional efficiency.

The  outputs include (3) manuals which are: Administrative Manual, Child Protection Manual, and Good Governance Manual. In addition, it includes (13) policies such as Gender Policy Mainstreaming, Public Relations and Media Policy, Transparency And Accountability Policy &Advocacy and Lobbying Policy. These guides were prepared and endorsed as the reference document for ensuring the sustainability and the success of the association through the effective and efficient utilization and safeguard of its resources and assets.

All NAWA team has received training on the content of these policies given y Al Athar Company consultants who assisted in the development. NAWA team agreed to attend an ongoing refresher training course on the content of these manuals and policies, and to hold progressive training for new staff as part of their induction into the association and its policies and commitments.

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