EU Funded Summer Camp for School Children in Southern Hebron Hills Promotes Peace Education

HEBRON, June 2014 – Operation Dove, the Nonviolent Peace Corps of the “Comunità Papa Giovanni XXIII” Association launched on Wednesday the twelfth annual ten-day Summer Camp for children living in the South Hebron Hills villages, Tuesday said a press release by Operation Dove.

From today, June 10th, to 20th about 150 children from one of the most marginalized areas of the West Bank will have the chance to forget the burden of everyday life and experience positive creative outlet through games and several educational and artistic activities. These will promote peace education within communities and enhance conflict transformation skills through the philosophy of knowing ‘the other’ better by means of dialogue, said the release.

Organized in collaboration with the South Hebron Hills Popular Committee, the summer camp will keep its itinerant feature holding in the following villages in Masafer Yatta area: At Tuwani, Al Mufaqarah, Susiya, Umm Al Kheer, Tuba and Maghayir Al Abeed. A trip to Nablus and Tulkarm is planned on June 19th, the only opportunity for many children to leave their villages for a pleasant outside visit.

“Like every year, the event is eagerly expected, not only by children but by all communities of the area,” said Hafez Huraini, leader of the South Hebron Hills Popular Committee.

“When children don’t go to school often help their parents with the flocks or working the land. This camp is a special time for our children. They can play and feel free from the pressure of the occupation, like most of the children in the rest of the world. They need to grow up with more and more awareness of nonviolence and peace,” he added..

“The camp is also an important occasion to bring solidarity to all the villages and an opportunity even for the parents to meet each other and talk about the education of their children”.

The summer camp will end on June 21st with the Festival of Nonviolent Popular Resistance in At Tuwani, a celebration which pays tribute to the people of the South Hebron Hills who have chosen to act in nonviolent ways in response to the daily human rights violation.

Source: WAFA