Peace and Art Center
The Refugee Support Center, which has been working on refugees, immigrants, asylum seekers, and victims of human trafficking and stateless people, has started its operations in Gaziantep in August 2015 through the Peace and Art Center.
Peace and Art project aims to provide a healthy environment to beneficiaries through art, especially to ensure the realization of activities for women and children to gain self-confidence and social integration. Peace and Art Center offers language classes, art-related activities, music courses and library with exclusive sources in Arabic, English and Turkish languages. The services within the Center provides a pleasant opportunity to spend time for our guests through socialization.
The concrete objective of the Peace and Art is to minimize the risks associated with the creation of a "lost generation" and increase public awareness on refugee issues. In this regard, through arranging theater shows, exhibitions, entertainment and sports activities, as outdoor extracurricular activities, it aims to keep the youth away from extremist thoughts, makes them discover their talents and find the possibility of self-realization.
Peace and Art Center project is supported by Welthungerhilfe with the private donations of the Bauer Media Group (BMG) in Germany.
There is a large demand for Turkish language courses in Gaziantep, which hosts a large number of asylum seekers. To meet this demand, Turkish language courses are offered at the centre. In addition to Turkish language courses, opportunities of English education for all age groups and Arabic education for children are provided.
Art has a positive impact on people's lives. Based on the idea that art removes all obstacles on the road to peace, our community centre, painting and mosaic courses are organized for women, children and youth to offer them the opportunity to perform and express themselves.
The Peace and Art Centre also hosts a library with an extra-ordinary design, featuring selected books in Arabic, Turkish and English. Our library offers a pleasant environment for reading and studying, as well as for group work. Our visitors also have the ability to borrow books on classical and modern Arabic literature, the World Classics, Entertainment-Humor, Culture, Family and sources in the field of Science and Technology. Our library is open to visitors of all age groups and to the host community.
Courses are held in classes equipped with instruments like the guitar, baglama, oud, violin, piano and percussion. Our Peace and Art Choir’s aim is to bring together children to perform in concerts organized by themselves so that they can find the possibility of increasing their visibility and self-confidence.