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Haifa Celebrates Women with the Mixed Event “Change Begins with a Step”

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To celebrate and commemorate women and mothers as part of international women’s day, The Social Development Committee organized an annual mixed activity event in late March of 2019 for a third year in a row, this time celebrating women’s health, ambition, and self-love. The attendees gathered by the beach side and were given shirts sporting the event’s motto “Change Begins with a Step”, afterwards the 70 Arab women from the ages of 20 to 70 walked as group for five kilometers along the shore. 

After the stroll commenced, the attendees had breakfast in union at “Mazat” Restaurant where speeches were given by members of the SDC and then by a member of the city hall of Haifa.

The speeches were followed by a beautiful musical performance that garnered the amazement of those present. The event was finalized by a lecture from a female Arab athlete “Alfat Heidar” from Haifa, in which she talked about her tough yet empowering journey through the field of athletics.

It is important to note that this event’s purpose was to highlight a woman’s importance in creating change and that a woman must know her worth to herself, her family and to society in order to create a better future.         

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Students from Haifa Shine in a Speech Giving Contest

The Social Development Committee organized a speech-giving contest “The Little Orator” in the Arabic language between the students of Haifa for a second year in a row in April of 2019. The Arabic language in Israel has a very low status and has been heavily marginalized by the government despite the fact that it is, besides Hebrew, widely spoken throughout the country and it is considered to be an official language. 

The contest’s purpose is to celebrate the Arabic language in its poetic and artistic form by having student’s ranging from different ages throughout the schools of Haifa give speeches in an abundance of topics such as the power of words, cyberbullying, preservation of the environment and wild habitats, the effect of advertisements on the public viewer and much more. The contestants were tested on their skill of speech writing (as it had to be in formal Arabic), their utilization of time (they were given four minutes only to present their speech) and last but not least their presence on stage as to whether they can maintain the audience’s attention and get their message to be understood.      

The contest had 19 participants form seven different schools. Ages ranged from 5th grade until 10th grade, and the participants were presented in three different levels; elementary, middle, and high school. After the final speech was given the emcee expressed gratitude to the participating schools and their Arabic teachers, as well as the four judges. A beautiful musical performance ensued while the judges chose the winners of the first, second and third place of the three different levels. Afterwards the awards were given to students who gave amazing speeches in a plethora of interesting topics and dozens of pictures were taken, people called it a night, and thus the Arabic language reigned victorious.