Gaza, 23 August 2016 – Hundreds of adolescents participated in the closing ceremony of the school beautification project, implemented by the General Union of Cultural Centres (GUCC) and the Ministry of Education and Higher Education in cooperation with UNICEF. Funded by Qatar Development Fund through Al Fakhoora Project, this project enhances creativity, communication, and cooperation of 1,450 adolescents through the use of paint murals techniques.
‘The school beautification project is unique. It brings together professional artists and teachers in an educational and creative way to develop the talents and skills of students’, says Tania McBride, Chief, UNICEF Gaza Field Office. ‘Thanks to the generous contribution of Qatar Development Fund who made this project possible, where not only do the students benefit, but also does the physical environment of the school and community, which are enhanced by the murals’, adds McBride.
The school beautification project involved 145 art teachers trained on murals painting techniques, who worked with 1,450 grade 11 and 12 adolescents involving 145 public secondary schools across Gaza Strip. Initially, more than 290 mural design sketches were developed. Following the initial design, adolescents led the initiative and painted three murals in each participating school, resulting in435 murals.
At the end of the closing ceremony, 16-year old Suleiman Shahin,one of the adolescent beneficiaries, performed a live art show, during which he painted a portrait of the late Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish.
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