Taloom Project 2019
Title: Rehabilitation of the Palestinian Child Club Garden / Jalazoun
Jalazoun camp – Ramallah
Al-Jalazoun camp was established in 1949 on the lands of Jaffna village, with an area of 240 Acers. The camp is located to the north of Ramallah and to the west from the main road linking Ramallah and Nablus. It is bordered to the north by Jaffna villages, Ain Sinaia and Birzeit, from the east by Dura Al-Qara and from the west by Surda and Abu Qash, the camp's residents come from 36 of the displaced Palestinian villages as a result of the 1948 catastrophe, including the villages of Beit Nabala, Al-Abbasiya, Al-Dawayima, Kafr Ana, Amwas, Umm Al-Zainat and Sarafand. The camp population, according to the statistics of the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics for 2018, is about 16,000. The camp people suffer from high unemployment, overcrowding and the lack of large areas for construction, in addition to the repeated occupation raids, the camp residents also suffer from the lack of green spaces, public parks or entertaining sites.
Within the framework of a project implemented by Teacher Creativity Center and the Right to Play "Taloom" which extends over three years, aimed at contributing to improving the positive and participatory learning environment and enhancing the learning methodology through child-centered play. It also contributes to strengthening the civil society partnership to improve education outcomes for children and youth. TCC and Right to Play has enabled 8 grassroots organizations, enabling them to implement community-based initiatives that enhance the right of Palestinian children in marginalized areas to quality education, through a play-based learning methodology.
In the context of this project, the Child Club in Jalazoun Camp - one of the eight grassroots institutions that was targeted in the project - launched a community initiative aimed at rehabilitating the Jalazoun Child Club Park, to benefit nearly 4,000 children, this initiative was funded by the local community, Teacher Creativity Center, and the Right to Play (Taloom Project). The goal of engaging the local community in financing this initiative is to sustain the park, knowing that it is the only space in the camp and to reduce violence among children, it has a positive impact on the residents in alleviating the suffering situation that they live.
As Rafeeq Muhammad Issa mentioned, one of the camp residents “the park is the only space in the camp where children play and relax.
Siham Al-Gamzawy, one of the parents in the camp, stated that it saves them the financial burden of going to Ramallah to play in the gardens especially that this garden is free of charge, as well it reduces the violence of her children when returning home.
Child Fares Zaki stated that there is no place in the camp other than the club and the park in order to play and practice my hobbies
Rafif Firas stated that she loves to play with swings and sand and there is no other place in the camp for the sake of playing.
This story undoubtedly clarifies that the promotion of the right to education can only be done by promoting other rights for the child, such as the right to play, participation and expression, in line with the principle of the indivisibility of human rights, and it also explains the importance of integrating society and its members as well as the private sector in projects aimed at promoting children's rights in general, and their right to quality education in particular, as well the community’s involvement would contribute to promoting social outcomes for education such as equality, citizenship, participation and equal opportunities. The Center has adopted this development approach since its foundation in 1995, and will continue to develop it in line with the needs of Palestinian children under the prevailing social and economic conditions as the center was able to reverse the methodology of work in Taloom project.