Around 1200 children from around the Ramallah and Bireh Municipality participated in the open day carnival as part of the GCE Action Week implemented by the Palestinian Coalition for a Safe Learning and Teaching Environment taking place in Isad El-Tfooleh Center (part of the Bireh Municipality Park). The park enjoyed a festive atmosphere incorporating both educational and recreational activities. The carnival was divided into various corners, the face painting corner, clay molding, reading corner and the recreational corner composed of songs and theatrical displays. Nine year old Ala Khaled expressed her joy and her friends’ joy for participating in the carnival reaffirming her hope that such activities are replicated more often. Rashika Raed, 10 years of age, chose a butterfly to be painted on her face and stated as well as enjoying herself on the day she wished for the campaign’s demands to be met in order for Palestinian kids to truly enjoy and cherish their playful moments and rights that they are deprived of.
Each of the coalition organizations developed a corner related to their field of operation. Tamer Institute for Education provided a reading corner for the children and subsidized book prices on the day by charging a symbolic fee for its purchase. Books were also provided as gifts with the aim of enabling the children to read the books they liked since many of the families came from low socio-economic backgrounds. Teacher Creativity Center offered a play-do molding corner as well as face painting with the aim of lifting the spirit of children especially for those children living in marginalized communities and in light of the Palestinian context. The Hydrology Center presented an environmental quiz game and offered prizes for students. The Palestinian Medical Relief Society exhibited a theatrical play; whilst Hurriyat center brought 3 clowns to entertain the children. The Palestinian Red Crescent provided the day with volunteers to help in organising the activities and allocated face painting corners. The Animator Fadi Al-Ghoul presented a musical and dramatically interactive show for the children. The event mobilised a huge crowd and had been covered by the Wattan TV.