Madaa Creative Center- Silwan organized a cultural day for children in its three branches: “Main Branch Wadi Hilweh, Ein Al Loza Branch, and Batn Al Hawa branch” with the participation of more than 100 children.
“The Cultural Day” included several activities, in the main branch, coordinator Hanadi Abbasi said: “We started the day with a film about Palestine and its villages, the history of the occupation of Palestine and the Palestinian cause. Then there was a discussion between the staff and the children about the Nakba of 1948, the Balfour Declaration and the plot to divide the Arab world.”
Abbasi added: “We also talked about the town of Silwan in terms of its location, population and archaeological and religious landmarks and the violations against it. After the discussion ended, Dandara Group sang “We Came from Jerusalem”, then the children collaborated on drawing a large painting, and we ended the day by a collective singing of the Palestinian national anthem.”
In Ein Al Loza branch, coordinator Abeer Abbasi said: “on cultural day we talked to the children about the displaced Palestinian villages, and we displayed two films for them to watch, the first one talked about the history of the Palestinian cause, and the second one was general information about the town of Silwan to provide information in a simplified way for children. The children drew murals of Jerusalem; they also did watercolor paintings on boards and drew the map of Palestine using legumes.
At Batn Al Hawa Branch, coordinator Nemati Sanad said: “On cultural day, we presented a series of movies for children, including a film about the beginning of the Nakba, a film about the displaced villages, a film about the village of Silwan recounting the history of the Canaanite village, in addition to a film about the Palestinian folk clothes; women used to wear dresses called “Thwab”, men used to wear kambaz and pants as well as headwear called “Hatta and A’qal”. After viewing the films, we discussed each topic individually with the children.”
As for the objectives of the cultural day, the social researcher Hanan Salim said: “The aim of organizing a cultural day for children is to introduce children to the cause of Palestine, to provide them with information about the Nakba and the Naksa and the Balfour Declaration, as well as helping them unwind by drawing murals and coloring paintings of their feelings. An additional objective today was to introduce children to the history of our ancestors and the displaced villages.