31st October 2018

Tamer Institute for Community Education wins the Etisalat Award  for Arabic Children’s Literature. “The Oil’s Secret Tale” by Waleed Daqqa

The novel‭ ‬“The Oil’s Secret Tale”‭ ‬by the Palestinian prisoner and author Waleed Daqqa‭, ‬was announced today 31/10‭/ ‬2018‭ ‬at the Sharjah International Book Fair-UAE‭ ‬as the winner of the Etisalat Award for children’s book for 2018‭, ‬under the youth’s book of the year category‭. ‬The award was organized by the Emirati council for youth’s books‭, ‬which is considered one of the most prestigious awards for children’s and youth’s literature in the Arab world‭. ‬

The‭ ‬“Oil’s Secret Tale”‭ ‬is a novel for young adolescents‭, ‬and one of the first works presenting prison’s literature to this age group‭. ‬The story was Illustrated by Fuad Al Yamani‭, ‬and is placed in 96‭ ‬pages in middle-sized pieces‭, ‬and published by Tamer Institute for Community Education this year‭. ‬The novel narrates the story of a boy named Jud and his animal friends‭, ‬who undergo a journey full of adventures‭; ‬to allow Jude to visit his father in prison‭. ‬A journey full of surprises‭, ‬discoveries and combines all possibilities‭, ‬Jud‭, ‬his animal friends and Em Rumi‭; ‬the olive tree who gives him the Oil’s secret‭. ‬A novel that breaks the obstacles imposed and made by the occupation‭. ‬This Novel is a victory for childhood‭, ‬for knowledge and for imagination‭. ‬

In this occasion‭, ‬Tamer Institute congratulates its readers‭, ‬partners and the Palestinian community for winning the award‭, ‬and expresses its gratitude for the efforts put in the creation of this work‭. ‬The Institution also congratulates the author Waleed Daqqa for this achievement‭, ‬hoping that the book will be the source for his liberation and all the other Palestinian prisoners‭, ‬and for all the humans around the world‭. ‬

Tamer Institute for Community Education‭, ‬is a non-profit organization‭, ‬established in Jerusalem in 1989‭. ‬Tamer works across the‭ ‬West Bank and Gaza Strip‭, ‬primarily targeting children and young adults to encourage and deepen opportunities of learning among‭ ‬them‭. ‬The Institution owns a publication unit for children’s and young adult books‭, ‬and translates international literary works that enhance imagination‭, ‬and expose children and young adults to questions‭. ‬Tamer Institute received the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Swedish Award in 2009‭, ‬which is considered to be the most important award for children’s literature in the world‭. ‬In addition to‭, ‬other awards such as the Italian MedChild Award in 2005‭. ‬