Children of Tunis in search of their lost roots

Two days to rediscover monuments, craft workshops, fish markets ...

Published on 26 April 2012

Author(s): Euromed Heritage/Abdellatif Taboubi

Type:  Project

They will walk and stop at the tangible and intangible traces of history, from Carthage of old times to the Tunis of today. For two days, on April 8th and 9th, 30 students aged between 13 and 14 years are going to rediscover their own heritage and roots. The workshop is organized in Tunis by the Mare Nostrum project under the Euromed Heritage 4 programme - supported by DELARPA TUNISIA, an NGO for heritage and tourism development.

Guided by their teachers, they will rediscover the ancient monuments (aged from all periods: Punic, Roman, Byzantine, Arabic, French and contemporary) in the northern suburbs of Tunis. The children will have fun trying to reproduce with photos, drawings and observation notes, objects, ancient ruins and also the actual components of the environment, where this rich cultural territory on the coast of Carthage evolves and survives.

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Tanger, workshop with kids: photo I. Conti

Today, on the lagoons of the ancient harbours of Carthage, the actions of fishermen that seem trivial at first glance, do not fail to call the attention of these young people, and teach them fishing techniques and ancestral dexterity gestures, transmitted from father to son. The fish market of La Goulette, not far from Carthage, will provide students with lively images from fish vendors boasting aloud the merits and qualities of their goods, under the eyes of mothers and other clients looking to buy the fruits of the sea, which will possibly be used for an ancestral dinner.

The craft workshops of the Medina of Tunis, nestled in traditional neighbourhoods, remind us of the distributions of trades in the topography of the city, over 500 years ago, and crystallize the memories of knowledge of master craftsmen and specialists. The workshops that retain a thousand and one products from the heritage, will welcome the young people to witness the birth of these utilities and masterpieces whether under the form of a traditional fabric, leather, steel or olive wood .

Always following the instructions of the educational kit developed by Mare Nostrum, students will meet during the second day, and admire the old photographs and topographic maps of the city, intended to accentuate them with curiosity to learn more about their heritage. Students will eventually see a short film that traces the documented testimony in connection with current daily life, a way of helping them take ownership of their heritage and ensuring its transmission.

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