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As part of Europe Day celebrations, the European Union is partnering with the Princess Basma Youth Resource Centres (PBYRC) in Amman, Jerash, Irbid and Kerak this month to encourage a better understanding about Europe through fun, interactive, learning sessions. At least 160 students between 7 and 10 years old, and their parents, will be introduced to the culture, history, landscape and traditions of the 28 Member States of the European Union.
Following the learning sessions, the Jordanian artist Hazem Nimrawi, will guide the students to capture their impressions of Europe in clay through a series of workshops. The resulting clay pieces will be collated into large-scale outdoor mosaic artworks and permanently installed at each PBYRC centre. Events launching the artworks will be taking place in July.
The Head of the European Union Delegation to Jordan, Ambassador Andrea Matteo Fontana said: “Combining educational activities with creativity is the best way to ensure that young people develop a love of learning, and in this case the results of that creativity will be permanently displayed in Irbid, Kerak, Jerash and Amman for all the public to enjoy and be proud of.”
To ensure the sustainability of these actions beyond the lifetime of the project, the European Union has provided training for the facilitators of the Princess Basma Youth Resource Centres so they can manage similar events in the future.
This project forms part of a broader programme of cultural events and activities in Jordan which is funded by the European Union and implemented by the EU National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC) in Jordan whose members are: the British Council, the Austrian Embassy, Instituto Cervantes, Institut Français, Goethe-Institut, Embassy of Greece, Embassy of Romania and the Società Dante Alighieri.