Children's parliaments are a step to enhance their self-confidence and encourage dialogue and responsibility

Damascus, (ST) - Children's parliaments work to train young children to take responsibility and acquaint them with their rights and duties, and to develop the culture of discussion and dialogue with them and raise their problems and aspirations in front of other people older than them to which will result in a lot of positive points in the formation of their childhood personalities.

The atmosphere of children's parliaments was recently embodied during an interactive session within a meeting of young parliamentarians from the Vanguard of the Ba'ath Organization with members of the Damascus City Council, who asked them questions and inquiries and received from them immediate answers to all their proposals concerning their lives with their families and within the community and the rights of the child and everything related to his personality.

Joy accompanies the children in World Children Day

Smiles .. Joy and dreams were achieved for the first time, that's how the celebration was in The World Children Day.

Two days of activities were implemented by The Child Protection Department within Humanitration Support Project in the Syrian Arab Red Crescent Lattakia branch supported by UNHCR_Syria , and (103) children were targeted in Tishreen Hospital and the Children's Public Library Association.

The event included viewing an entertainment film for children, pottery coloring activity, a short story about children's rights which was told to them in an exciting way, in addition to distributing gifts to the children by the team at the end of the event.

Creative handmade works at a charity Bazaar

The annual Charity bazaar, held by the “New Generation for Culture and Arts”association in Damascus with the participation of women from five civil society associations that are interested in handicrafts, showcased  a variety of handicrafts, clothes, candles, soap, cosmetics, food, sweets, Christmas decorations  and other hand-made products.

The "voice of the Heart" Initiative for Blind students

The Blind Association in Lattakia, in cooperation with a group of volunteers, provides a curriculum for the blind students in Syria as part of the "Voice of the Heart" initiative, which aims to provide the curriculum textbook for the  basic and secondary education stages as an audio book through which the blind student can do  his homework and obtain education and knowledge at any time without any help from the others.

To find out more about this initiative, the Syria Times e-newspaper met Mr. Nizar Farhat, vice president of the association  and the creator of this initiative, who said: "In light of the current crisis in the country and the unjust economic siege imposed on us in addition to the high prices of papers used for writing in Braille, we found that there was an urgent need for blind students to keep up with students in the other schools and to be at the same educational level".

Day for Tolerance and Reconciliation in Syria

Dr. Siham Youssef is a writer, researcher and novelist, she told Syria Times newspaper about the religious tolerance in Syria, which the dirty war will not be able to undermine.

In the context of the escalating political pressures on Syria in particular, and on the countries of the Middle East in general, believed to be one aspect of the clash of civilizations, Islamic and Christian feelings of the Syrian people merged in one mold to realize one aim and target. Thoughts united to protect the country from the repercussions of these pressures, sanctions and siege. In order to maintain this unity of destiny we, in Syria, are capable of religiously coexisting in harmony, unity and peace, of living together and sacrificing the most valuable things we have. This is not a privilege of the present, rather, our history is full of glorious examples that confirm this fact Dr. Siham Youssef said

* Did not the Syriac Jerusalemites call the Moslem leader Omar Ibn al Khattab, al Farouk, “the just saviorò because he saved them from the Byzantines?

Diplomatic Club of Syria holds international charity bazaar to help orphans and children with disabilities

DAMASCUS, (ST)-The International Charity Bazaar, held by the Diplomatic Club of Syria at the Sheraton hotel in Damascus, showcased handicrafts, food products, cosmetics and paintings and different art works depicting the heritage of the 12 participating countries.  The proceeds of the event will go to civil society associations that care for orphans and children with disabilities in Syria.

The event marks the resumption of the Club's activities after a seven- year stop because of the crisis in the country. The Club used to hold an annual multicultural gathering and international charity bazaar by women diplomats from foreign countries in Syria.

Obituary ... Syrian playwright and filmmaker Dr. Mohammad Qaresly passes away

Syrian playwright and filmmaker Dr. Mohammad Qaresly passed away last Tuesday leaving behind a rich legacy of cinematic and theatrical works in Syria and abroad. Born in Damascus in 1950, he showed an early tendency towards art as he was brought up in an artistic atmosphere. His mother, Iqbal Qaresly, one of the pioneer artists in Syria influenced him and encouraged him to choose the field of art and culture. He travelled to Moscow where he obtained a Ph.D. in cinematic direction.

In 1990, he started an eventful career and his first theatrical performance won four awards. His success in Syria pushed him to travel to several Arab countries including Lebanon, Egypt and Morocco where he was highly acclaimed as an important theatre and cinema director who employed various theatrical and cinematic techniques successfully. In Libya, Dr. Qaresly founded a directing department in the visual arts faculty from which scores of actors and directors graduated. Throughout his long career, Dr. Qaresly directed 96 short and feature films and twelve theatrical performances. His nine minute film "Tomorrow" won the prize of the best film in Asia.