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Summer Camp June 2010


The summer camp at the Turathuna Center of Bethlehem University Library, organized from 11 June to 25th June 2010, was a project to see how the center could relate to local school children intensively over a period of two weeks. Until now Turathuna Center had worked with children only for one-time meetings, like class visits to the library by schools, an organized painting contest last year with Palestinian heritage as its theme.

The summer camp had the following objectives:

** To teach Palestinian school girls aged 10-15 about their Palestinian heritage.

** To provide forms of support for active learning not regularly utilized in the Palestinian school education, much less in the classroom setting.

** To give Palestinian children meaningful activities, like Palestinian embroidery and to make wise use of their time during the long summer holiday.

The photos depicting the activities speak for themselves.
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More concretely, the students had the following activities:

The girls learned how to do embroidery and how to make crosses; they were able to visit holy and cultural places such as the Nativity church, the Milk Grotto in Bethlehem, the Ibrahimi Mosque, the Glass factory in Hebron, Mar Saba's Monastery, the Shepherds' field, and the museum of the Arab Women featuring Palestinian art craft and other local scenarios in Bethlehem.


Sources: Photos taken by Library Staff

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