Yaqatha is a show about empowering young people and guiding them toward realizing their rights. The word Yaqatha is an Arabic word that means wakefulness. Resembling awakening and wakefulness of mind.
The show uses graphics narrated as informative videos to discuss important things we don’t learn about at school. Such as our own wellbeing, the principles of good psychological health, our body image, our dignity and human rights, and even perhaps the basics of our legal and political entities, discussing things like what is democracy?.
The show is adaptive in the sense that it’s build upon listening to young people and giving them space to guide the overall outcome, guaranteeing that others like it and benefit from it. The show is also directed toward daily life, using terms people use and relate to, addressing things as we live and experience them, so as to empower us in our daily lives, especially during the Covid-19 crisis.
The basic idea:
The idea here is to have a novel and an anime, very much like Harry Potter or any other novel/show, except that this one advocates child rights, and is written with children. Going even further, the heroes of the novel/show can be refugees or marginalized children.
Children creating, children learning:
This project is special not only because of the final product, being a novel or a show, but because while children write and produce it, they can learn a lot. So while children co-create a product for other children, they learn about their child rights, develop their communications skills and have fun creating.
The story line:
We can add a basic story line just to inspire the creative process. Children can take it from there or reinvent. So perhaps the heroes can be two refugee children, who experience many adventures on their journey of growth and independence. By having the heroes as two refugee children we can support refugees, build tolerance, while introducing other human rights.
Our initial hope is that this could be an actual novel and anime that people from all around the world can enjoy. A story like Harry Potter or Death Note or many others. This story does not have to be only in Arabic and it does not speak to Arabs only. It actually bypasses all that. It can even be sold and make money. And even if it fails to make money, at least the project would be a learning exercise about human rights for children who engage in writing the novel. A connection between our child rights projects and children’s creative spirits. Not only for readers.
To reduce uncertainty, we wanted to go to a relevant environment and write first. To discuss with children and do a co-writing exercise with them. Just as Harry Potter was first a novel. Then, after producing a novel and some drawings, we can move beyond. What supports this project further is that there is already a creative children online group formed for children who like to draw/write. The group was formed as part of the follow-up to the summer project with ARMA and we can begin drawing/writing/creating.
The collective adventure is a collectively written story about the adventures of two refugee children. Somewhat like a Harry Potter story where the heroes are two refugee children. The story which can be developed into an animation later advocates child rights through the adventures of the two refugee children.
The collective story empowers child rights in two ways: By introducing children who collectively write to human rights, and by introducing children who engage in the show produced child rights.