A report at Arabian Business.Com outlines the purpose of the Watani [Arabic for ‘My Homeland’] social development program:
“As part of its ongoing initiatives aimed at helping the young ones understand their rich history and heritage and discover their country's renowned sights, Watani, the social development program launched a new series of children camps that kicked of during the school holidays. Watani Spring Camps dedicated to the children aged 8 to 14 years old consist of a variety of educational workshops and entertaining activities as well as informative trips to heritage areas to relive the different aspects of the UAE traditional life.”
“The first of this series of camps was organized recently on 23 until 27 December 2007 at Mushref park-Dubai. Children enjoyed the various activities focusing on traditional arts and crafts such as drawing with charcoal, Arabic calligraphy and ceramic craft. They also enjoyed a series of entertainment activities, competitions, the water games and cruises where they discovered the different types of ships, species of fish and the traditional tools of fishing. They learned the basics of the First Aid.”
To read more of Watani’s work, the camp coming up in Fujairah and to get an application form see this article:
‘New Adventures for Children with Watani’, Arabian Business.Com, 3 January 2008.
Another article is posted on UAE Interact.
Image: photo from an earlier Watani camp with children learning craft skills.