Theodor Schneller School, Marka, Jordan
Founded in 1959 by Hermann Schneller and graduates of the Schneller Orphanage in Jerusalem, which was established in 1860 as the “Syrian Orphanage,” the Theodor Schneller School in Marka, serves 270 impoverished children, including a boarding program for 90 students, in grades K-10. The boarding students are orphans, children from broken homes and refugee children. All of the day students reside in the Marka Palestinian refugee camp, which borders the school’s campus. All of these vulnerable children are welcomed, cared for, and offered an education.
Vocational education for upper school students is critically important for these young people whose economic options for the future are very limited. Schneller currently offers co-ed vocational programs in carpentry, auto body repair, culinary arts, hotel management, metalworking, and cosmetology.