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How to support binational schooling in NSWAS

Primary School partnership program

Saturday 14 September 2013

By helping the binational Primary School, you effect a change on a new generation—on the future. At Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam, where Jewish and Palestinian children are educated together, you invest in the future of peaceful coexistence in the Middle East. This model will gain strength as the School’s children excel and extend their experiences to their peers and friends. Your donation can give children an opportunity for a bilingual, bicultural education that is unlike any other experience available to Jewish or Arab children.

(Photo courtesy of Art Chimes/Voice of America News)

What is Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam?

Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam is a community of Israeli citizens, both Jews and Arabs, who have chosen to live and educate their children together as equals. This village, located midway between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, features the only elementary school of its kind where Jewish and Arab children learn side by side in integrated and bilingual classrooms. Each class at the Primary School is taught jointly by one Arab and one Jewish teacher, and all children are encouraged to strengthen their individual cultural identities while they learn about the history, culture, and language of the other side.

Why donate funds for children at NSWAS?

Hundreds of children from low to middle income Palestinian-Israeli and Jewish-Israeli families currently attend the Primary School. The costs to sustain a bilingual, bicultural curriculum surpass those of most Israeli schools with smaller class sizes and two teachers per class required to make bilingual education effective. After state funding, tuition fees, and designated foundation grants, the School must still raise additional funds to support the educational system.

You can help us either by helping to purchase items on our wish list (accompanying article) or by becoming a regular donor to the School.

for details on donating to NSWAS, please visit this page.

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