On the 23 June 2020 we held our Welcome to the Arab World event for pupils, and the recordings are now available.

There are four sessions each lasting approximately 20 minutes.

1.An introduction to Arabic language and cultures by Tony Calderbank from the Qatar Foundation International (QFI).  

2 A traditional Arab story told by Elias Mattar. Elias is a Palestinian play specialist, story teller drama therapist, performer and founder of the El Bayet Centre for Performing Arts and Drama Therapy.

3. Stereotypes of the Arab world by Hana Mohamed who works for Caabu (The Council for Arab British Understanding). This session looks at the stereotypes of the Arab world by exploring the influence of film and media stories. It will also highlight the value of looking beyond stereotypes and generalisations and explore the need for mutual respect and understanding

4  A live performance and conversation from by Syrian American hip-hop artist Omar Offendum. Born in Saudi Arabia and now living in Los Angeles, California. Omar is also a designer, poet and peace activist whose work blends Arabic and English words and rhythms.

Here's some of the feedback we got about the event:

'Thoroughly enjoyable event with lots of variety. Pupils fully engaged, particularly with the hip-hop performance . I certainly expanded my knowledge too. Many thanks for organising.'

'All presentations were really great, an eye opener to the Arab world especially for the non Arab students.'

'Thank you very much for such a fantastic event, bringing cultures together in such a powerful manner. Omar's contribution was poignant, engaging, inspirational and utterly memorable. Thank you to all the contributors.. Well done to all, truly! Shukran jazzelan.'