“Good children’s literature gives the child a place in the world and the world a place in the child.” (Astrid Lindgren)
Khan Al Ahmar has finally its own library!
Since the last Sunday the Tires school and its community the home for an entire section of fairy tales, stories and children’s literature with more than 140 books available. This is the result of the commitment and cooperation between the Tamer Institute of Ramallah and Vento di Terra NGO and it is part of the Palestinian National Reading Week.
Every year Tamer Institute level involves children, school and youth to promote reading, attract children to books, teach them how to read stories and express what they have read through different artistic tools.
The opening of the library has been a cheerful moment for the whole school.
Denes Assad, storyteller, has entrained the children in interactive readings with the new books and in a funny theater performance.
The actors were the same children that in these months are involved in the workshop on reading techniques, as a part of the Vento di Terra project on the valorization of Bedouin oral tradition, funded by the European Union.
The aim is to give birth to a children book, were all of them will be the authors, collecting the traditional Jahalin folk tales that are still read within the Bedouin communities.
It is an opportunity for the communities to keep alive their own traditions and stories and for children, to develop their fantasy and imagination, to better face the daily life in Area C under the Israeli threat and military occupation.
As Frederick Douglass stated:
“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free”
and here in Palestine and among the children of the Bedouin communities this sounds even more powerful.
M.R. Vento di Terra Project Manager in West Bank (Palestine).
Opening of Tire School Library, un set su Flickr.