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Rabeea Al-Naser: Under the magic of storytelling

Rabeea Al-Naser: Under the magic of storytelling

From a teacher to a librarian to a storyteller for children, Rabeea Najm AL-Din Al-Naser has been following her passion for literature and spreading it around.

Ever since a child, Rabeea Najm Al-Din Al-Naser has been enchanted by stories; in their lines, Al-Naser found magical life lessons that led her to dedicate her life for storytelling, focusing her efforts on vulnerable children.

“Stories have their own magic. Since a child I have been charmed by this magic and I’ve been transferring this magic to my students, children and now grandchildren,” Rabeea Al-Naser said passionately. “Telling and reading stories are no luxury; it’s a joyful activity that is full of chances for learning new skills, in addition to being a means for boosting learning skills, such as reading, writing, dialogue and self-expression.”

Believing in the role stories can play in developing children’s skills and opening them a space for creativity, Al-Naser dreamed of having a place where she can tell stories especially for children. She brought her dream true with the House of Tales and Music.

The House of Tales and Music, founded three years ago, uses storytelling, music, singing, painting and handcrafts to support vulnerable kids and youth. It has organised and delivered workshops for more than 3,000 children from local refugee camps, and have trained over 50 librarians working in 3 refugee camps in Irbid and Amman, Jordan.

In appreciation of her work on supporting children affected by conflict, poverty and deprivation, Al-Naser, the founder and manager of House of Tales and Music, was elected to be the winner of the EuroMed Dialogue Award 2013. The theme of the Award was “Migrants as Ambassadors for Mutual Understanding”.

“I learnt that storytelling is one special way to communicate, especially with children. A story opens the doors for children’s minds for more imagination and creativity and can free him/her from their hard times,” said Al-Naser, who was a teacher and a librarian before being a children’s storyteller. “Telling one story can substitute lectures and it sticks in minds; it can also clarify big ideas like acceptance, tolerance, respect. Arts reach children faster and it touches their souls freely and leave them happier and enable them to have their own voices.”