GBK ex­pands kid’s work­shops pro­gram with Al Sadu So­ci­ety

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Build­ing on the suc­cess achieved last year, Gulf Bank is pleased to be ex­pand­ing its part­ner­ship with Al Sadu So­ci­ety to run a va­ri­ety of tex­tile and art work­shops for chil­dren be­tween 6 and 12 years of age, with a key ob­jec­tive of help­ing kids to learn and de­velop their cre­ative skills and ex­pose them to our coun­try’s tra­di­tions of Sadu. The sea­son kicked off with its first work­shop, held on Satur­day, 10 Fe­bru­ary at Sadu House, and with 12 chil­dren par­tic­i­pat­ing in the small group work­shops.

This year’s pro­gram will in­clude 12 work­shops, con­ducted twice a month, led by two in­struc­tors and with space for 12 par­tic­i­pants, plus a three-month long School of Tex­tiles, where a to­tal of 12 chil­dren will be able to fur­ther ex­plore the art of tex­tiles and be in­tro­duced to more com­plex weav­ing, stitch­ing and print­ing tech­niques. At the end of the school the stu­dents will have their works show­cased in an ex­hi­bi­tion.

Laila Al-Qatami, As­sis­tant Gen­eral Man­ager for Cor­po­rate Com­mu­ni­ca­tions at Gulf Bank, said: “With an ob­jec­tive of shed­ding the light on the im­por­tance of hand­work and an aim to pre­serve the her­itage of our beloved coun­try, Gulf Bank is very happy to be ex­pand­ing its part­ner­ships with Al Sadu So­ci­ety. To­gether we will be con­duct­ing a se­ries of work­shops en­ti­tled ‘Fun with Tex­tiles’, an ini­tia­tive which wit­nessed huge suc­cess last year, and a longer more in­depth pro­gram called ‘School of Tex­tiles’. We en­cour­age par­ents to sign their chil­dren up early, the work­shops fill up fast.”

In 2017, the pro­gram wit­nessed more 140 chil­dren par­tic­i­pat­ing in 12 work­shops, held be­tween March and De­cem­ber. Work­shops were led by ex­pe­ri­enced in­struc­tors who vol­un­teered to teach chil­dren how to make their dream­catch­ers, wal­lets, printed bags, pom­poms, broches, head bands, coast­ers and yarn kites. Dur­ing these work­shops, chil­dren will un­der­take dif­fer­ent projects, learned new skills and used new tools, chil­dren will be given a guided choice of col­ors, de­signs and tech­niques, through which they will be able to de­velop their cre­ative skills while hav­ing fun. In­struc­tors will be present in each ses­sion to en­cour­age chil­dren and guide them in their cre­ations.

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