The Palestine Information Network was privileged to be invited to offer interactive educational activities at the Deen Team SA quarterly youth camp which took place in the south of Johannesburg for 3 days at the end of June and onset of July 2019.

Participants who were youth of ages 13-18 showed keen interest in educational presentations which included introductory talks on places, names and issues in Palestine, virtual tours of Palestine and Masjid al-Aqsa, snapshots of the region’s history, a screening of the 100 Balfour Road docu-drama, insights into education and the challenges facing youth in Palestine and the impact of Israel’s violent assaults on the Palestinian participants of the Great March of Return.

There were spot prizes galore and participants were afforded the chance to put their newfound knowledge to test in a spontaneous ‘Advocate for Palestine’ session.

The camp ended with a team-building exercise where participants traced together a giant ground map of Palestine. By working together to string the map, a symbolism was engendered of the participants’ responsibility towards coming together to envision a ‘new’ and peaceful Palestine void of the ills of oppression, prejudice and apartheid.

Two participants who excelled in their advocacy presentations were also awarded coveted badges and enlisted into PIN’s Guardian of al-Aqsa programme.

PIN is highly grateful to the Deen Team for this outreach opportunity and looks forward to replicate similar programmes to other youthful audiences across South Africa in the near future.