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
** 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
** 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
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More concretely, the students had the following
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.