Our Kindergarten Playkit is an ambitious new resource for kindergarten teachers, offering them songs, games, and immersive stories directly linked to the kindergarten curriculum. In 2017, after conducting a thorough needs analysis, Seenaryo developed the resource as a book and piloted it via teacher trainings with the International Rescue Committee, Caritas Lebanon and Ana Aqra.
Seenaryo are now in the process of developing a mobile app or website with WonderEight that will hold all of the songs, games and stories in Arabic, English and French. This will allow the resource to be accessible to teachers across the Arab region and enable us to keep adding new material for teachers. Across 2018-19, the app or website (with accompanying training) will be rolled out across Lebanon & Jordan in emergency refugee schools as well as public schools.
I taught early childhood education for eight years before becoming an Officer, and I have never seen anything quite like this training
Seenaryo trains young adults in how to lead a theatre process with children. Trainees first go through their own devising process and develop a show to understand what it means to be a participant; they then learn practical tools in applied arts, leadership, and broader pedagogy. Young facilitators eventually tour their devised show and lead their own post-show workshops supported by Seenaryo staff.
In 2017 this programme was funded by Asfari Foundation and delivered in partnership with Women Now. In early 2018, this programme was funded by Team Archie, and led by Theatre Director Chrystele Khodr and Trainer Hadi Deaibess. The 2018 group toured their performance of Shajarat Al Durr to the Bekaa Valley, Saida, and Shatila in Beirut; and chose to form their own theatre company, Nabad (meaning ‘pulse’). In Autumn 2018, with support from the second edition of Create Syria (a programme by Ettijahat-Independent Culture in partnership with the British Council), as well as further funding from Team Archie, Seenaryo and Nabad will develop Shajarat Al Durr to extend it’s reach to new communities in Lebanon and further develop the trainees’ skills as facilitators.
I’ve learnt to work towards learning objectives through activities and games
Young Artists is Seenaryo’s artist mentorship programme led by the Lebanese research and performance collective, Dictaphone Group. To date we have worked with eleven artists and supported them in developing twelve artistic projects in the mediums of film, photography, sound, and painting – alongside mentorship in research, project proposal writing, and budgeting. The artists were also given the opportunity to visit and attend workshops with several arts organisations including Beirut Art Center, Ashkal Alwan, Mansion, Arab Puppet Theatre, Sursock Museum, Zoukak, Marfa Gallery, Dar El Nimer, Dar El Mussawir, Studio Damj and Dawawine.
In February 2017, six artists exhibited their projects in a showcase called The Scene From The Bekaa at Mansion, Beirut. In July 2017 The Scene From The Bekaa was then exhibited in the UK as part of Kent Refugee Help’s I Live Here exhibition. Canterbury audiences responded overwhelmingly positively to the work: many photographs and paintings were sold, with proceeds going directly to refugee families. In April 2018, six artists exhibited their projects in a showcase called Chtaura-Hammana-Beirut: A Discovery Journey. Seenaryo is currently looking for further opportunities to exhibit the twelve art works, both in Lebanon and abroad, as part of our Advocacy strand.
In 2016-17 Young Artists was funded by Ettijahat-Independent Culture within the framework of Create Syria. In 2018 it was funded by the Arthur & Holly Magill Foundation. Young Artists is delivered in partnership with Dictaphone Group and Women Now, with thanks to Mansion, Hammana Artist House and Saveur Plus Catering.
I've gained confidence in being an artist, expanded my experience in filming, and have a wider idea about art from the trips we took
Creative Toolkit is a one-off workshop for an entire school’s staff, introducing them to theatre games and exercises in a classroom context. In two and a half hours, we take teachers through a whirlwind of activities that can be adapted to fit their curriculum needs. In 2017 Seenaryo delivered the training to seven schools via the NGOs Sawa for Development & Aid, Kayany Foundation, Gharsah, and Jusoor. This was funded by the Asfari Foundation and delivered in partnership with Women Now.
My class made a story, and acted it out using your tableaux exercise. I made this story the basis of their creative writing exercise. Their writing was so much better than normal, and it generated so many more ideas! Children who normally only write a few lines wrote an entire page.
Applying Theatre is a six-week programme that trains schoolteachers in theatre devising. It culminates in teachers creating their own performance with their class. Seenaryo supports teachers in creating original music for the show, with lyrics written by the children themselves. In 2017 Seenaryo delivered this programme to ten schools via the NGOs Sawa for Development & Aid, Kayany Foundation, Jusoor, Jesuit Refugee Service and Dammeh. This was funded by the Asfari Foundation and delivered in partnership with Women Now.
Seenaryo taught me how to differentiate for students of all abilities with these activities
Our Creative English workshops (for children and adults) allow participants to develop confidence in speaking within an enjoyable and relaxed environment. Participants improve vocabulary, listening and speaking skills in real-life and role-play situations. Creative English celebrates English as a language for enjoyment and practical use, whilst still allowing participants to benefit from lesson-based practice.
Seenaryo previously ran these workshops in partnership with Women Now as part of our Participation strand. Having seen their impact, we are taking a break from delivering the work directly and are in the early stages of developing a digital resource and training programme so that other schools and NGOs can benefit from the practice.
It has made a huge difference in my life coming here. The teaching quality is different to anywhere else.