Schoolchildren design Rabat's heritage gardens to defend the climate

The Foundation for the Safeguarding of the Cultural Heritage of Rabat, chaired by Lalla Hasnaa organized, on Tuesday, the award ceremony of the program “I draw my heritage” to 60 children representing 20 primary schools of the academy of Rabat-Salé- Kenitra.

Initiated in partnership with the Ministry of National Education, Preschool and Sports and the Moroccan Committee of the International Council of Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS – Morocco), the program “I draw my heritage” is deployed in the wake of the celebration of the International Day of Monuments and Sites, with the aim of raising children’s awareness of Rabat’s landscape cultural heritage through research and plastic and artistic creation.

Thus, 600 schoolchildren from 20 schools were led to contemplate the manifestation of responsible awareness towards the environment in the cultural heritage of Rabat, by discovering the historic gardens in the city and respect for the environment in the old buildings (Jardins interiors in traditional houses).

The children first carried out, between March and April, research work in class on the cultural heritage of Rabat followed by guided visits to the historical gardens of the city under the guidance of curators of historical sites and monuments, during which they learned to identify and understand the city’s landscape heritage.

Three children were then selected from each of the Academy’s twenty schools to take part in a regional artistic workshop at the Botanical Test Garden on Tuesday 26 April. Supervised by inspectors and visual arts teachers, they drew the heritage they had studied upstream in class.

Photo Mounir Mehimdate

And to respond to the theme of the year, “Heritage and climate”, the schoolchildren worked on the landscape heritage of Rabat: Nouzhat Hassan, the Botanical Essay Garden, the Chellah Garden, and the Andalusian Gardens of the Qasba des Oudaias. For all their drawings, the children were asked to describe in five lines the link between this one, the garden represented, and the climate.

For each of the 20 schools, three drawings made during the April 26 workshop were selected for the awards ceremony.

Photo Mounir Mehimdate

The 60 children who painted during the workshop were given a complete artist’s drawing kit, and the children’s drawings will be exhibited online on the website of the Foundation for the Safeguarding of Cultural Heritage in Rabat.


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