Project #3325

Binational School for Jewish and Palestinian kids

by American Friends of Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam
Sep 3, 2013

A New Year Begins at the Primary School

A sixth grader welcomes a new first grader.
A sixth grader welcomes a new first grader.

The Primary School at Never Shalom/Wahat al-Salam, which first opened its doors in September 1984 as the first binational bilingual school in Israel, has just entered its 30th year. On the first day of school, children from many villages arrived by school bus and were greeted with a welcome ceremony led by Principal Anwar Daoud and attended by the enthusiastic (and worried) parents of the first graders, a representative from the Regional Council and the chairperson of the village association. 

The first day of school also marked a new chapter for the Primary School as it transitions into a partnership with the Ministry of Education. It has been both an exciting and challenging step for the school--while it is becoming a fully recognized school under the Ministry, it must continue to independently support and sustain its bilingual and binational approach, its innovative curriculum and the special projects that prepare the students to grow into bridge-builders and problem-solvers. 

Today, however, on this first day of their first year at the school, everyone’s focus was the arrival of the first graders! Sixth graders welcomed the first graders, escorting them to their places with the rest of the school. As each first grader introduced him/herself, each was greeted with applause from the whole school, and received a personal wish/blessing from a sixth grader:

"May you make many friends.”
“May all your courses be interesting”
“May you always have your homework ready on time."

Send a first grader your own wish along with your donation to the Primary School at NSWAS. Let them know their future matters to you!

First graders enter their new school.
First graders enter their new school.

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American Friends of Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam

Location: Glendale, CA - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Abir Elzowidi
Operations Manager
Glendale, CA United States

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