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Sara, a sixth-grader at one of Zaatari Refugee Camp schools, loves drawing and wants to be an artist when she grows up. On the day of the 1001 Meals event at her school, she was excited to finally meet Ibn al-Haytham.

We learned about Ibn al-Haytham’s’s light discoveries in Arabic class last year. I even drew a poster of him, do you want to see it?”

Sara, the young artist, with her two drawings, (left) poster hung at the school library entrance and her poster of Ibn Al Haytham (right)

Sara’s class began the 1001 Meals activities learning about the importance of eating healthy while enjoying the nutritious daily meal prepared by women in WFP’s Healthy Kitchens. Then, Sara and her peers sat comfortably on the colorful mats in the classroom-turned theater to watch the 1001 Inventions short film about Ibn al-Haytham’s journey to discovering how we see. The students then enjoyed the film coming to life by the science demonstrations conducted by the 1001 Meals team. The activities included looking through a camera obscura to learn about how our eyes work and laser beam experiments that help demonstrate the characteristics of light. Sara says:

My favorite part was seeing how light reflects off a mirror!” 

At the end of  the session Sara together her classmates got to meet and high five Ibn al-Haytham fully excited about a fun day of learning! Sara’s teacher received copies of the Ibn al-Haytham book so the students can continue learning about the fascinating pioneer’s story.

1001 Meals activities offer physical, emotional and intellectual support to children. It aims to inspire hope in a better future and encourage positive self-expression. To support the initiative, download the ShareTheMeal app on your smartphone (select to join the “#1001Meals” Team) and with just a tap you can donate US$0.50 to “share the meal” with a child in need.

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About United Nations World Food Programme

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), the largest humanitarian organization saving lives and changing lives worldwide, provide food assistance to more than 90 million people in 84 countries annually by delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. In addition to their efforts in relief and rehabilitation, development aid and special operations.

Since 1964, WFP has been present in Jordan working with the Jordanian government, as well as international and local organizations, to create economic and livelihood opportunities for food insecure and vulnerable communities.

WFP’s operations have also supported the government in providing food assistance for half a million Syrian refugees in camps and in the host community.  WFP has also been offering vocational training opportunities and on-the-job training to develop human capacities and improve employability for targeted vulnerable Jordanians and allow the opportunity for the current influx of Syrians to be self-sufficient.


About 1001 Inventions

1001 Inventions is an award-winning, British based organization that creates international educational campaigns and engaging transmedia productions aiming to raise awareness of the contributions to innovation, technology and culture from the golden age of science in Muslim Civilisation.

1001 Inventions has engaged with over 450 million people across the globe working with a network of international partners, including UNESCO, National Geographic and leading academics to produce interactive exhibits, short films, live shows, books and classroom learning materials that are being used by hundreds of thousands of educators around the world.


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