Non-for profit organisation Tamer Institute for Community Education celebrates it´s 25 anniversary this year, and we send our warmest congratulations. Founded in Ramallah1989, the aim was to give children access to books and alternative learning as children’s and young people’s schooling, leisure time and lives suffered from the troubles in the area. Today, the Tamer Institute is the hub of a network that works with writing workshops, storytelling, drama and literary discussion for children and young people. They supply libraries with children’s books and they train librarians and parents. The anniversary is celebrated throughout 2014:
During April, Tamer launched the National Reading Campaign in the Palestinian Society under the slogan “Reading: A Rite and A Print”. The campaign included activities at various locations where the Palestinian society is based. The Campaign reiterated the wide partnership with and participation of at least 350 Palestinian local organizations, community centers, libraries and youth clubs.
Two Reading promotion postage stamps was adopted by the Palestine Ministry of Telecommunications and Information Technology . Through Tamer’s continuous and serious initiatives to reach decision- makers to work and promote reading in the Palestinian society, The Palestine Ministry of Telecommunications, has adopted the production of two Palestinian official postage stamps that are taken from Tamer’s posters and visual material related to reading.
Participation in the Palestine International book-Fair 2014 which was conducted in April. Daily activities for children, young adults, families, illustrators, writers and publishers were organized. Musical shows, books launch, and galleries for Tamer’s books illustrations took place, thus making the fair an opportunity to highlight that reading is FUN, through connecting the different shows with Tamer’s books.
The launch of the Novell Gaza Book. The book is a collection of short stories written by a group of Palestinian youth, and it serves as a free platform for imprisoned and besieged people to unleash their sadness, happiness and dreams full with imagination and fantasy about homeland and future. It proves that there is life in Gaza as there is death; there is happiness as there is sadness, there are people who are able to dream and there is passion to live. This book is important because it is directed to the international community through presenting ten ambitious English texts written by youth. It bridges the cultural gabs between Gaza and the rest of the world.
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The Tamer Institute was presented to the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award in 2009.