DREAM Centre in the Old City of Jerusalem
The DREAM Centre project has been implemented in the Old City of Jerusalem from July 2007 to February 2008, in cooperation with the Burj al Luqluq Social Centre Association.
The project worked to networking and building a relationship with other organizations active in the Old City, namely, The African Community Centre and The Old City Youth Association (OCYA) and all the necessary equipment was procured to three Centres.
The DREAM Centre project aimed to boost the role of youths in marginalized areas of the Old City of Jerusalem through the establishment of extra-curricular Centres for 400 youths aged between 6 and 18 years old. These DREAM Centres, situated in a child-safe location, provided its members with a variety of recreational activities falling under the following categories: music, arts, drama and educational programmes.
One of the main objectives of the DREAM Centres was to develop and promote innovative, non-formal education programmes with and for young people; working with them to develop their potentials. The Centres also provided awareness lectures, focusing on youth problems such as drugs, domestic violence and other relevant issues.
Many success stories resulted from this project, among which: the drum class students played a piece of music at the Open Day to their peers and decided to create a musical band; the drama course students made up of mentally impaired youths performed their drama show at the Palestinian National Theatre (Al Hakawati); the Palestinian folklore dance students have put on several shows at different opportunities.