On the occasion of September 29, the National Day of Heritage, CHwBAlbania, in collaboration with the Municipality of Berat and the Regional Directorate of National Culture, organized a Heritage Atelier at “Edward Lear” Gallery. 15 children of secondary schools of the museum city, learned about the Albanian houses and costumes, from the most powerful manifestations of our national culture.
The activity lasted for 90 minutes and the children, divided into two groups, had a great time working on Babameto House paper model and Xhubleta booklet. Their enthusiasm was obvious during the successful building of the paper model, but also during the discussions about the traditional costumes.
For Eleni, 8 years old, the activity was amazing, but she had a request. “I enjoyed very much the activity, but can I have a Xhubleta booklet to work with my little sister at home?” The parents also were satisfied with their children’s participation at this educational activity. They also showed interest in other CHwB activities as well.
In another heritage city protected by UNESCO, Gjirokastra, CHwB Albania in collaboration with the Regional Directorate of Education and “Urani Rumbo” school, organized the “Little Craftsmen Day”. The activity took place in the sites of the 31st Regional Restoration Camps, at Babaramo House garden and Toro house, where the children with helmets, gloves and goggles worked together with camp participants.
Little Dea was fascinated by the activity. “I enjoyed it very much, but I wish it lasted more and that it was held on other days as well”. Whereas Sandri, as soon as he arrived at school, told his teacher: “Hey teacher, we were part of a super activity. We prepared plaster with lime and goat hair”.
The activity was based on theoretical explanations and practical works, where Gjirokastra Regional Restoration Camp participants explained their work, the traditional materials being used for the Babaramo house façade and Toro door. After that, as true little craftsmen, the children made some small works. This interactive way of teaching makes it possible for the children, not only to know better the cultural heritage, but also to get to know the practical aspect of the work in the historical houses.