unnamedThis past Saturday, 50 children in the CRP community spent the afternoon listening to Syrian storytellers share folk tales and traditional stories from Syrian refugees in Lebanon. The storytellers wore traditional Syrian and Lebanese clothing and told their stories with such animation–they really brought them to life! Children were miming horseback riders, princesses, and warriors!

Listening to stories encourages children of all ages and abilities to use their imagination and immerse themselves completely in another world, whether it’s funny, exciting, or a little bit scary! It’s also a great way to learn important values and morals that they can apply to every day life.  At the end of the day, each child received a book of 21 folk tales in both English and Arabic to read at home with their families. We hope to have another day of storytelling soon!

This project is a joint cooperation between Cultural Heritage Without Borders from Sweden, and the Hakaya Network represented by the Arab Education Forum and Al Balad Theatre. Read more about our children’s programs here!