The aim of the programme
To bring motivation and connection to Syrian refugees
To practice and demonstrate traditional Syrian craft skills
To enable cultural identity to be celebrated and continued
To make objects of cultural resonance
To enable young generations to have the opportunity to adopt traditional skills
Once the war is over these skills can be employed in rebuilding the country and providing sustainable employment.
Craft, history and heritage can be used to create transformative 'portable' skills that allow stability of culture and continuity to the lives of the refugees.
In the large camps where the focus for the communities is on the changes they are experiencing the implementation of traditional craft activities can bring language and culture that focuses identity and continuity. The Culture Through Making programme has the ability to bring cultures of sharing, making and rewards in the short term. In the long term it can bring the safeguarding of Syrian cultures of making and skills.
The vision of this project is to use pilot schemes in Syria, neighbouring countries and the UK to provide continuity and long-term benefits to Syrians affected by the crisis. Culture Through Making would create a series of workshops with a continued focus towards the development of skills and education.
One week programme
Small workshops for traditional making skills. Each workshop will have materials, tools and visiting instructor. The program will implement three basic skills and leave behind the tools the materials and the skills for the participants to continue making. This is a portable workshop that can be moved and adapted.
One month programme
The one month programme for making traditional skills. For this period of time a workshop area will be set aside on the camp or school. The workshop will have materials, tools and visiting instructor for this period of time. The aims of this workshop would be to find committed participants who would adopt the skills and become mentors to others in the camps.
The continuous programme for making traditional skills. This programme would enable a workshop area to be set aside on the camp or school as a continuous part of its programme of refugee support. The workshop will have materials, tools and permanent instructor for the site. The aims of this workshop would be to provide long term and short drop in workshops for participants who would adopt the skills and become mentors to others in the camps. In this workshop it is viable to consider production and trade.