Binational School for Jewish and Palestinian kids

by American Friends of Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam
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Binational School for Jewish and Palestinian kids
Binational School for Jewish and Palestinian kids
Binational School for Jewish and Palestinian kids
Binational School for Jewish and Palestinian kids
Binational School for Jewish and Palestinian kids
Binational School for Jewish and Palestinian kids
Binational School for Jewish and Palestinian kids
Binational School for Jewish and Palestinian kids
Binational School for Jewish and Palestinian kids
Binational School for Jewish and Palestinian kids
Binational School for Jewish and Palestinian kids
Binational School for Jewish and Palestinian kids
Binational School for Jewish and Palestinian kids
Binational School for Jewish and Palestinian kids
Binational School for Jewish and Palestinian kids
Binational School for Jewish and Palestinian kids
Binational School for Jewish and Palestinian kids
Binational School for Jewish and Palestinian kids
Binational School for Jewish and Palestinian kids
Binational School for Jewish and Palestinian kids
Binational School for Jewish and Palestinian kids
Binational School for Jewish and Palestinian kids
Binational School for Jewish and Palestinian kids
Binational School for Jewish and Palestinian kids
Binational School for Jewish and Palestinian kids
Binational School for Jewish and Palestinian kids
Binational School for Jewish and Palestinian kids
Binational School for Jewish and Palestinian kids
Binational School for Jewish and Palestinian kids
Binational School for Jewish and Palestinian kids
Binational School for Jewish and Palestinian kids
Binational School for Jewish and Palestinian kids
Binational School for Jewish and Palestinian kids
Binational School for Jewish and Palestinian kids
Binational School for Jewish and Palestinian kids
Binational School for Jewish and Palestinian kids
Binational School for Jewish and Palestinian kids
Binational School for Jewish and Palestinian kids
Binational School for Jewish and Palestinian kids
Binational School for Jewish and Palestinian kids
Binational School for Jewish and Palestinian kids
Binational School for Jewish and Palestinian kids
Binational School for Jewish and Palestinian kids
Binational School for Jewish and Palestinian kids
Binational School for Jewish and Palestinian kids
Binational School for Jewish and Palestinian kids
Binational School for Jewish and Palestinian kids
Binational School for Jewish and Palestinian kids
Binational School for Jewish and Palestinian kids
Binational School for Jewish and Palestinian kids
Binational School for Jewish and Palestinian kids
Binational School for Jewish and Palestinian kids
Binational School for Jewish and Palestinian kids
Binational School for Jewish and Palestinian kids
Binational School for Jewish and Palestinian kids
Binational School for Jewish and Palestinian kids
Binational School for Jewish and Palestinian kids
Binational School for Jewish and Palestinian kids
Binational School for Jewish and Palestinian kids
Binational School for Jewish and Palestinian kids
Binational School for Jewish and Palestinian kids
Binational School for Jewish and Palestinian kids
Binational School for Jewish and Palestinian kids
Binational School for Jewish and Palestinian kids
Binational School for Jewish and Palestinian kids
Binational School for Jewish and Palestinian kids
Binational School for Jewish and Palestinian kids
Binational School for Jewish and Palestinian kids
Binational School for Jewish and Palestinian kids

This year is the Primary School’s biggest yet! Fifty-four new students have joined the school, bringing the total number of children enrolled up to 314. This is the largest that the school has
ever been. The Primary School’s growth represents both increasing interest in bilingual and multicultural education and the Primary School’s stellar academic record. To accommodate the school’s
expanding student body, seven new teachers have been hired.

As the Primary School grows and becomes more diverse, funding needs for the school have increased. The Education Ministry recently cut the amount of tuition that the Primary School was allowed to ask for, producing a $130,000 deficit last year and significantly decreasing the amount of subsidy that the Primary School was able to provide for student transportation and supply costs. Friends organizations from around the world are doing what they can to help the Primary School continue to be accessible and affordable for years to come.

As teachers and administrators at the Primary School prepared for their new students, they were also hard at work launching a project that has been in the works for the past three years. The Primary School’s groundbreaking multicultural and bilingual curricula have been collected and developed into a program that can be adapted for
use in schools throughout the country and the world.

The Primary School, with help from Israel's Center for Educational Technology, has created an educational resource with the potential to revolutionize education for thousands of students. The Primary School will be translating the material into English over the next few months and increasing their digital presence, including a website on which the curricula will be available for schools and all others interested in learning more about bilingual and multicultural education.

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The Primary School is gearing up for a new school year!. Over the past five years, the Primary School has become larger and more diverse. Enrollment rates are up by twenty percent and the students come from more villages than ever. In times of instability and crisis, growing interest in the Primary School is a sign of hope for the future. This year’s incoming class, which comes from twenty-four villages and many backgrounds, is set to be our largest yet! From the moment they step on the school bus, these children become part of a brighter future. They take in the evidence that a society built on equality and justice is possible— listening to Arabic and Hebrew, seeing families of all faiths living together— and develop that reality in their villages and communities. These children truly are the future. 

We at AFNSWAS have been hard at work supporting these children. The Adopt-a-Class fundraiser, an annual donation drive, supports incoming students and their families as they learn, grow, and become advocates for peace. 

You already think that bilingual, multicultural education at the Primary School is a good idea. Now make it possible for these 24 children to become the builders of tomorrow’s shared society. Together, we can support a peaceful future! 

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The Primary School- bilingual, multicultural and always stretching any boundaries of learning- is a finalist for the Ministry of Education’s Prize for Excellency! The 5th grade class designed and built robots for the national competition in Robotics, Mathematics and Cybertech, making it to the finals! A steady stream of visitors watch Arabic and Hebrew-speaking teachers transform children’s differences in language, culture and history into dependable problem-solving strengths.

The Primary School is being asked to assist other schools in learning the art of teaching language as a subject, while also using both languages while teaching special subjects. The school’s unique approach provides all grades with rich  learning opportunities for  Holocaust Day, the Naqba, Memorial Day, Land Day, Ramadan, Christmas, Passover and always brings all parents together for community celebrations like Purim and Olive Harvest”

The joys of learning together across differences touches the families every day…

A Jewish 3rd grader was speaking with his grandmother about Memorial Day when he suddenly said,

            “ You know, I know about Memorial Day, AND I know it is also the beginning of Ramadan for my friends, but I think that for this year, I won’t fast!”

His grandmother was amazed at her grandson’s sense of solidarity with all of his classmates. After a short time at the Primary School, her grandson was removing barriers, welcoming difference and being true to his own identity.

With your support, one child, one family, one community at a time become healers of nations!

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As Primary School students returned from break, they were delighted to reunite with their friends and excited to continue learning— even if it meant more homework. The children of grade 4, who had begun learning English just last semester, geared up for another semester of studying what is to be their third— or, for some of them, their fourth— language. 
The bilingual school movement is growing! According to a Knesset study, the number of students studying at multicultural and bilingual schools— or joint schools, as the study calls them— has risen 60% over the past five years. As the first and longest-running school of its kind, the Primary School has served as an example to others— and if these latest numbers are any indication, it’s been a successful one!   
The Primary School’s first international conference, the capstone of a series of events designed to bring together the parents and families of students, is well underway. These get-togethers connected families that otherwise may never have interacted with each other, foster the type of community and communication that can thrive long after the Primary School students have gradated. Many parents and guardians will be presenting their experiences at the conference— but participants know that these speakers and presenters represent only a fraction of the parents whose lives have been changed by the Primary School and the connections they’ve made through their children.
Bilingual/multicultural curriculum and parent education cost money. The cost of ignorance is a lot higher. Let’s build a future with the teachers and families of the Primary School— one that we can all celebrate.
 

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Staff at the Primary School have been hard at work creating a new Primary School curriculum in both Hebrew and Arabic! The curriculum—which includes methods, materials, support options, and real-life examples of working with the hard questions—will be made available to Jewish and Arab teachers in mixed, intentionally bilingual, and in separate schools. It’s a curriculum like none other. Getting this curriculum into the hands of teachers at all kinds of schools can change the regional and national conversations about a future with a shared society. The innovative curriculum guide comes with teacher training workshops, reaching out to teachers across the region.

                Parents are great communicators, teachers and change agents! At the Primary School, parents and children have been learning together through frequent meetings and get-togethers. Throughout the year, these parents have been attending a series of meetings with Palestinian and Jewish facilitators and translators. They will be sharing their experiences as a part of the Primary School’s first international conference, slated to take place at the end of 2018-19 school term. The focus will be on the depth and reach of the Primary School’s curriculum and teaching model which includes parent roles. The conference will be supported by a new interactive website enabling national and international outreach and cooperation.

                Bilingual/multicultural curriculum and parent education cost money. The cost of ignorance is a lot higher. Let’s build a future with the teachers and families of the Primary School— one that we can all celebrate.

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