Rawdat El-Zuhur School

Rawdat El-Zuhur School (www.rawdat.org) is a non-governmental non-profit elementary school (kindergarten through sixth grade). It is supervised by a volunteer women’s organization, Rawdat El-Zuhur, and a paid professional staff. They intend for it to be a “Flower Garden of Education in East Jerusalem.” One of its aims is to raise up “a new generation that is capable of thinking creatively, and analyzing logically and critically, offering and accepting positive criticism, and excelling in performance.” The principal, Salwa Zananiri, is a compassionate, committed Christian educator.

Because Rawdat El-Zuhur serves mainly the lower income community, only about 20% of the cost of their education is covered by the minimal fee. A negative impact resulting from the lack of income makes it extremely difficult for schools, especially Rawdat El-Zuhur, to maintain their educational plant, provide adequate salaries to the staff and teaching supplies which enhance learning skills.

Pal Craftaid funds have been used both for sponsorships and programs which enrich the holistic, character-building curriculum with French, drama, music, art and dancing. These extracurricular activities are particularly important for the students who endure the daily stress of getting to and from school, made difficult and time-consuming by the Wall that divides East Jerusalem from the West Bank and by harassment from Israeli Defense Force soldiers at check points.

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Rawdat El-Zuhur is an elementary school in East Jerusalem with classes ranging from kindergarten through sixth grade. The school has a Christian principal. Pal Craftaid funds are used to enrich the holistic and character-building curriculum with French, drama, music, art and dance classes. Such creativity is particularly important for children who daily endure the stresses of life under occupation, including crossing military check points to get to school.