The smiles on hundreds of faces at Amman New Camp Elementary Girls’ School - of children, parents, officials, staff members and others from local community – could only mean one thing: Joy Day.
School Head Teacher Safiyyeh Mitwalli explained: “South Amman Area every year organizes a Joy Day, which includes activities performed by students. The event aims at giving the students sometime to express their happiness and to change their daily life routine.”
“It is a great opportunity for children and staff members to share these moments with one another. It is a day which is full of joy, freedom, happiness, dancing and singing”, said Abdul Aziz Abu Alfa, Coordinator of School Activities in South Amman Area.
In its third year, Joy Day brought together 3,000 children from ten UNRWA schools. This year’s day was even more special, though. Eighth-grader Narmin Alaa said: “The celebration is different this year as it includes Syrian students and children with special needs. All of us are so happy to participate in the activities today.”
The gathered participants sent hundreds of balloons rose up to the sky, each carrying a message of human rights: no for violence, yes for joy, yes for gender equality, right of learning, right of participation and other messages.
The event also included Palestinian folklore dances and songs and face-painting. It celebrated Palestinian heritage and gave the children a chance to express themselves in a unique, special environment.
Rahaf Salameh, in seventh grade, explained how important Joy Day is, saying: “We wait for this day impatiently as we consider it the most beautiful day in our life because we play, sing and dance.”