Last Sunday, in Khan al Ahmar we held the first storytelling workshop with the School of Tyre kids. It was an amazing experience for both children and teachers. Maria Luisa, our project manager in Palestine tells us more about this experience.
Khan al Ahmar, West Bank
On Sunday 11th,17 students and 5 teachers worked together with Denes Assad, storytelling expert of Tamer Institute playing as actors, learning how to use their voices and moving their arms and legs in basic games of improvisation.
Storytelling is a unique form of self expression and public speaking and for Denes Assad is also a form of empowerment. “Everyone could become a storyteller. Doesn’t matter if he/she is an actor or no, if is an adult or a child, a man or woman. The only important thing is to have a story inside, to feel it and have the willing to share it with the others”. This is her philosophy.
It is just the very beginning of Vento di Terra project on the valorization of Bedouin oral tradition, funded by the European Union, and in partnership with Tamer Institute and the Palestinian National Theater.
In the following months children, youths and the entire Jahalin Bedouin communities of Anata, Khan Al Ahmar and Wadi Abu Hindi will be involved in a process to discover their own legends, stories and games. All these ‘treausures’ will become part of a children book, a multimedia documentary and a photographic project on their own roots and oral traditions.
A way to keep alive the memories and history of a community under permanent threat of displacement and relocation by the Israeli government and the opportunity for many Bedouin children and youth to deal at the same time with new technologies and traditions, present and past, becoming writers, photographers and video makers of themselves and their own families and communities.
visit the photogallery:
Oral Bedouin Tradition – 1st Workshop, photo of M.R..