Syriac Cultural Directorate Celebrates International Children’s Day for Third Consecutive Year

On the evening of Saturday 1 June 2024, the Kurdistan Regional Government’s General Directorate of Syriac Culture and Arts celebrated World Children’s Day for the third year in a row, with a ceremony it organised under the title “Children’s Day,” within the activities of Ankawa Festival and in cooperation with civil society organisations, at the Social Academic Center’s gardens in Erbil Governorate’s Ankawa district.

The ceremony began its activities with a speech from the General Directorate of Syriac Culture and Arts, delivered by Master of Ceremonies Lina Oghanna, in which “the necessity of paying attention to this segment, which is at the core of our concerns, and which must be at the core of the concerns of the rest of official and societal institutions” was stressed, noting that “our various festivals and activities provide a good space for children to develop their talents and intellectual abilities, as well as various programs that benefit thousands of our dear students.”

The General Directorate of Syriac Culture and Arts called on departments in areas where our people are present and official institutions to pay greater attention to this segment, by developing cities and providing green spaces as well as facilities that care for children and give them full space, in parallel with the development of tourist and commercial facilities.

The ceremony included various shows with games, cartoon characters and dolls, as well as playing and dancing performances, through which the children attending interacted with passion and skill. In addition, competitions and activities were held among the participating children.

It is worth noting that “Children’s Day” was organised by the General Directorate of Syriac Culture and Arts within the activities of the Ankawa Festival, in cooperation and coordination with the Shimsha Ensemble, Ankawa’s Social Academic Center, and the Women and Children Association.

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