Educational equity for girls and young women

Creating a Climate to Help Girls Find Their Own Voices

In a region where political turmoil and economic distress are part of the daily landscape, families often choose to educate their sons but pull their daughters from school. Without an education, women are encouraged to marry early and, if they do enter the workforce, their employment options are limited. With the help of AFEDJ donors, schools owned by the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem offer opportunities for female students to excel and become leaders in their communities.

Educational equality for girls and young women
Junior girls between classes at Saviour's School in Zarqa, Jordan.

A photo of teachers at Ahliyah School, Amman, Jordan

Ahliyyah School, Amman, Jordan

Ahliyah School for Girls in Amman is a highly-regarded K-12 school for girls with a fully accredited International Baccalaureate (IB) program. The school’s administration and faculty strive to provide a quality education that helps girls and young women grow into empowered human beings who work on realizing their potentials through being active lifelong learners; reflective and critical thinkers who maintain a high degree of emotional intelligence and adopt a strong humane set of values; knowledge creators; initiators of change; responsible and productive citizens, aware of their cultural heritage, open to diversity and capable of creating a future of their own choice. 

A photo of students in a classroom at Christ Episcopal School in Nazareth

Christ Episcopal School, Nazareth, Israel

With a student population of 1,200 across grades K-12, Christ Episcopal School in Nazareth is the largest school owned and operated by the Diocese of Jerusalem. Founded in 1851 by the Church Mission Society, it has long served Palestinian Christian and Muslim students who are...
A photo of teenage male students in a classroom at Holy Land Institute for the Deaf in Jordan.

Holy Land Institute for the Deaf, Salt, Jordan

A safe haven of peace for 150 children and young people ages four to 25, the Holy Land Institute for the Deaf offers a full range of therapeutic services for hearing-impaired, deaf, and deaf-blind students, a K-12 academic boarding program and a wide range of...
Dua’a Bisharat, Director of Saviour's School with students

Saviour’s Episcopal School, Zarqa, Jordan

Saviour’s School is a progressive co-ed K-12 school serving more than 300 students in the industrial city of Zarqa. It also offers one of the city’s only program for low-vision and blind students. Because the overcrowded public schools offer little to no programing for children...
A photo of young students in a classroom at St. John's Episcopal School in Haifa, Israel

St. John’s Episcopal School, Haifa, Israel

Founded in 1868, St. John’s Episcopal School in Haifa offers students a caring, academically challenging environment where deep mutual respect and love of learning lie at the heart the educational experience. With about 500 students from Kindergarten through eighth grade, St. John’s is a pathway...