Peace begins at a school desk — by developing educated citizens who can sustain peace when it comes. The 16 Diocesan schools in Israel, Palestine, and Jordan educate more than 6,400 students each year
Many of these schools are top-ranking academic institutions in the region, educating the next generation of leaders. Every Diocesan school accepts students from all backgrounds — a core value. Education also includes high-quality vocational training to give youth the real-life skills needed to secure stable employment. All schools engage students in cross-cultural communication, respect for differences, critical thinking, and the fundamentals needed to build a future.
With your generous support, AFEDJ has:
Funded new programs, provided thousands of academic scholarships, enabling struggling families to keep children in school in Israel, Palestine and Jordan
- Replaced countless chairs and desks
- Provided books and desperately needed school supplies
- Built new computer labs in three schools with modern equipment and technology
- Supplied funds for new plumbing and other infrastructure needs
School Profile: Schneller School, Amman, Jordan
Just north of Amman, on the border of a large refugee camp, The Schneller School provides academic and vocational training to boys and girls, many of whom come from troubled homes or are orphans. Schneller School accepts Syrian refugees, and offers scholarships to many of these vulnerable children.
Many students attending Schneller School are penniless. Some have physical disabilities or learning challenges. They receive love and guidance from dedicated teachers who are skilled at nurturing and teaching them. The faculty and staff prepare them with a strong academic foundation and they train 11th and 12th graders in a variety of trades – woodworking, automobile repair, metal working – so they are ready for steady employment when they graduate.
Schneller serves both boarding and day students. A full-year scholarship for a boarding student is just $1,800. Your gift of hope will directly provide a stable learning and living environment for a child who deserves a chance to live up to his or her potential.
Institution Profile: Saviour’s School in Zarka, Jordan
At Saviour’s School, blind and low-vision students are mainstreamed with sighted students in grades K-12. The 350-student school is the only one to address the needs of the high number of sight-impaired children in this gritty industrial city. All students receive high-quality academic instruction and important lessons in embracing differences.
Zarka is the third largest city in Jordan, with more than 500,000 residents and 50% of the factories in the country. Founded in the early 20th century because of its strategic northern location between Amman and Syria, it has seen a large influx of refugees. As a result, the economic situation has deteriorated. Families cannot afford to keep all their children in school and are choosing to remove their girls. A scholarship will give a bright student a future.
Institution Profile: Christ School in Nazareth, Israel
In the multifaith city of Nazareth, Christ School is dedicated to providing excellent education for all children, regardless of religious affiliation. Christ School provides K-12 education to roughly 1,300 students each year. The academic standards are among the highest in the Diocese of Jerusalem, with virtually every student going on to university or technical school. These students are the future leaders of this region.
The local economy has been extremely difficult for Palestinians and many families that were previously financially secure are now facing unemployment and extreme hardship. Palestinian families in Israel live under a number of restrictions that limit their employment opportunities and their travel to seek employment. The result is that many families can no longer pay tuition and the school is now struggling under substantial debt. Once admitted, the school will not dismiss a student for inability to pay.
Giving the gift of education today will directly enable a child to receive quality education and hope for a future as a skilled, educated individual. Annual tuition ranges from $1,200 to $1,800.
Institution Profile: St. George’s School in East Jerusalem
Located adjacent to St. George’s Cathedral Close, St. George’s School has educated Palestinian boys since 1899. Today, more than 870 students are enrolled both in primary and secondary classes. Recently the school has started admitting girls and expects to be fully co-educational in three years. Academic standards are rigorous; the school seeks to prepare students for higher education and, ultimately, to assume leadership roles in Palestinian society. Your gift of $100 will help keep standards high by supporting teacher training.