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The Jenin Creative & Cultural Centre
The Jenin Creative & Cultural Centre in the West Bank aims to use art to foster peace
and justice in the Palestinian occupied territories, although it is much more than
that and has initiated a broad range of projects.
The Centre prides itself on being open for all people and the Centre is not affiliated
to any political party or movement and this independence is essential for the Centre
to offer cultural activities to the local community.
The Centre relies on grants and donations from outside of the West Bank to pay for
often short term projects. Project funding makes it hard to generate money for basic
core costs let alone equipment such as laptops, projectors, or digital cameras, which
would enable them to develop their arts base much further than they are currently
There are a number of strands to their work, which include:
Activities such as teaching languages, computer skills, and theatre and dance projects,
most of which go on out of the centre.
Training for women on food production, embroidery and making goods from hay.
Training in conflict resolution and nonviolence to the local universities and take
these activities to villages around Jenin.
Musical shows for elderly peoples homes and puppet shows at the schools and with
A football team for women aged 14-20, which will be the first women's team in Jenin,
and they are hoping to be successful enough to represent Palestine. They have funding
for a coach and equipment for the team.
The Centre's dance group visited Sweden in 2007 and in 2009 the theatre group participated
in festivals of theatre in both Venice and Berlin.
Establishing international links where young people and others can participate in
The Centre is proud and honoured to join the many other groups across the region
that recognise the work of Children of Peace and its important network: The Coalition
The Israel Youth Award The Israel Youth Award is part of the successful UK-based Duke
of Edinburgh's International Award programme which provides the young people of Israel
with the opportunity to strengthen their self-confidence and leadership skills, as
well as their civic responsibility and community involvement. Youth from various
social, economic, and religious backgrounds become exemplary participants in civil
society as Israel Youth Award members, ensuring a bright and promising future for
themselves and a more peaceful future for Israel.
The Israel Youth Award is one of the forefront organisations in Israel promoting
links between youth from all over the country, bringing together native-born and
immigrant, secular and religious youth for hiking trips, service days, and national
Meetings between Bedouin, Druze, Circassian, Christian, Jewish and Muslim youth in
Israel enable learning and growing together through joint initiatives both as neighbours
and friends, providing unique opportunities that are often otherwise unavailable.
Past projects have included service projects like cleaning beaches, hosting one another
in their home cities and shared outdoor expeditions.
The Israel Youth Award is an extracurricular programme available to young people
ages 14 to 25, with no application or selection process, working in conjunction with
schools and community centres. The programme was founded on the belief that young
people require a balanced development of all human elements in terms of body, mind,
and soul, a need often left unfulfilled by regular educational systems. Thus, the
Israel Youth Award Programme inspires and supports youth in leading healthy, active
lifestyles revolving around the four themes of Community Service, Outdoor Journeys
and Expeditions, Physical Recreation and Skills/Hobbies.
This emphasis on a holistic approach to a young person's well-being sets the Israel
Youth Award apart from many other youth programmes.
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