A group of Children performed the skills they learned in the creative workshops (puppet show, photography, drawings and storytelling), within ASSABIL’s project “Public Libraries against Xenophobia”, funded by Anna Lindh Foundation Euro-Mediterranean Foundation for Dialogue between Cultures (ALF). The children of different backgrounds had a chance to work together on a common project, under the theme of “Dialogue and Tolerance”.
During the closing event at the Municipal Public Library of Bachoura, President of ASSABIL said that this project covers an essential need now in Lebanon. The speech of Anna Lindh was presented by the representative of the Lebanese National Commission for UNESCO.
This project is a targeted action that seeks to ease tension and promote harmony among Lebanese, Syrian and Palestinian children and to promote public libraries as spaces of inclusion and integration. Alongside with the creative workshops, it included training for 9 librarians and partners from ASSABIL’s network to develop methodologies to work with mixed groups of children.
The cooperating partners for this project include: Lebanese National Commission for UNESCO (Head of National Network), Cooperative Association for Arts and Education – KHAYAL, Dihzahyners, Asala Publishers and Lebanese Board on Books for Young People – LBBY. The children participated from Ya’boud UNRWA School, Soheil Assabagh Public Library in Burj Shemaly, Tahaddi Educational Center, Tariq Jdideh Public High School, and Mtein Public Library. The puppet show workshop was monitored by Walid Dakroub, wall painting workshop by Joubran Elias, story writing workshop by Antoine Shartouni, storey telling workshop by Sinan Hallak and finally the photography workshop by Ahmad Dahwish.