The Education Program was developed in 1998, focusing primarily on youth from Jerusalem, by providing them with opportunities to engage in creative acitivites which are otherwise neglected in the school systems. 

Specifically, by developing participants' aesthetic awareness and appreciation of their surroundings, the youth workshops seek to enable participants to express themselves more effectively and to challenge issues, whether social, political, or environmental,  that affect them, their peers and their wider community. Through creative, stimulating and challenging workshops, participants learn new modes of expression. 

Organised in partnership with community centers, youth clubs and educational institutions, the workshops are led by artists both from the local community and visitng artists from all over the world who participate in the Artist-in-Residence program. As such, the program is part of an ongoing effort to connect and collaborate with different institutions and individuals at local, regional and international levels.

The Children of the Sun

Deneth Wedarachchige

The Children of the Sun is an 8 day workshop hosted by Sri Lankan visual artist Deneth Wedaarachchige for youth between 12-17 years old at the African Community Center in Jerusalem. The program helps youth express themselves, expand their imagination, and go beyond the two dimensions of a drawing book to create three-dimensional art installation pieces through which they can express themselves. The process of creating art pieces is playful and focuses on positive aspects, as well as developing critical thinking and how to associate imagination with objects through collaboration. 

Participants: Abdalla Balallawi, Gibreen Balallawi, Mohammed Balallawi, Ali Balallawi, Masar Nokad, Fayek Habash, Mohammad Shaheen, Shaden Qous, Ibrahim Qadi, Ashraf Shaheen, and Mohammad Qous.