Wednesday, February 21, 2007

West Bank Private Schools


"International Orthodox Christian Charities' (IOCC) plan to renovate and upgrade nine private schools in the West Bank was recently approved for funding by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)...It is the first time that U.S. government funding will go towards faith-based schools in the Holy Land.
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"Public schools are closed in the West Bank because the Palestinian Authority cannot pay the teachers’ salaries and the teachers are on strike. Many Muslim parents go to these private Christian schools asking them to accept their children. They are accepted, but the schools do not have enough classroom space. This new program will upgrade classroom size. St. George’s Orthodox School in Ramallah will be able to accept another 100 children because of the upgrade.
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The Orthodox Secondary School in the village of Taybeh is one of nine private West Bank schools that will receive new USAID funding through IOCC’s infrastructure repair project. Enlarged classrooms, upgraded libraries, and other improvements are being planned for Orthodox and Latin Patriarchate schools in Beit Jala, Jerusalem, Beit Sahour and Ramallah.
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