In the West Bank city of Nablus, the Palestine Writing Workshop brought books into high schools, read and discussed them with the students, created a small library, brought writers to visit, and formed ongoing book clubs. For younger children, interactive storytelling and puppet shows at schools and community centers in Nablus honed their listening skills and gave them a sense of how much fun reading can be.
We Love Reading!
For students in Nablus and throughout Palestine there is a shortage of books at home and school. Overcrowded classrooms make learning difficult for many children and creative activities nearly impossible. Children have very few opportunities to discuss and write about what they are reading. School libraries have small collections, mostly consisting of religious books. Poverty and the daily grind of life under occupation leave parents little time or energy to read or discuss books with their children.
Nablus is a city in the northern West Bank, with a population of 126,132. The city has been a major cultural center, with a large university, traditional olive oil soap factories, and its famous kanafeh dessert, The larger Nablus District includes 348,000 people living in three refugee camps, eight towns and 43 villages. More than a dozen illegal Israeli settlements and multiple Israeli military checkpoints surround the area, making daily life very hard and economic development almost impossible. The impact of the Israel occupation includes increased poverty, unemployment, infrastructure deterioration, water shortages, overcrowded and crumbling schools, and limited areas for children to play or communities to gather.
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