Open minds to infinite possibilities, through curiosity and creative exploration
Nurture the cultured individuals of tomorrow.
Al Jalila Cultural Centre for Children was established in 2014 under the guidance of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. Her Royal Highness Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein chairs its Board of Trustees which includes a constellation of UAE’s intellectuals.
Al Jalila Cultural Centre for Children is a non-profit center, founded on the belief that culture is essential to understand both ourselves and the world in which we live today. The overall aim is to enrich the cultural lives of children, to create awareness of their surroundings, and to embrace their creativity and future aspirations, to prepare them to welcome their future. The Centre offers a safe, joyous and creative environment that welcomes children from 4 to 16 from different nationalities, an environment inspired by the UAE’s culture, along with the realities of the present and relying on the creativity, the vision and the experiences of the artists and specialists. The center includes a number of specialized technical departments in both visual and performing arts that includes: Drawing and painting, pottery and sculpture, nutrition and educational kitchen, basic life skills, theater, music, print making and silk printing, fashion design and library. The Pearl FM radio station also broadcasts from the center as the first child-oriented radio in the region.
Simply… The child is the future…. “When somebody is interested in the beginning of the story, it can change its whole,” says Raffi Cavoukian, the world’s children’s creator and founder of the International Center for Childhood Honor. What we need to generalize the idea of honoring children everywhere in this world, and preserving the native qualities that are the first raw material of creativity, from the love of exploration, curiosity and knowledge! Attention to directing the energies of the child and discovering his creative abilities and directing them in the right direction, a national duty and educational value no less important than other duties of normal education and health care and implanting sound moral concepts and deepening identity and belonging. The child’s creative potential is one of the nation’s most precious resources. If the right environment and guidance are found, national cadres will be able to deal intelligently with obstacles and devise technical solutions to problems that they may face in the future. Since its inception, the United Arab Emirates has taken care of the childhood sector in terms of generous education. It has supported the issuance of laws that protect the rights of children and guarantee the child the right to live in a secure, stable and constant environment. We are launching it to a wider perspective through NGOs and specialized centers that have to devise their own ways of dealing with the most expensive raw material in this existence (the child’s mind) and the most precious treasure inside it (his talent). In our journey towards dedicating art and culture to children, we remember Picasso’s saying: “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist when you grow up.” We always act as if the Al Jalila cultural center is one of the most successful answers to this question!
Mattar Bin Lahej