“My wife and I joined dozens of other Palestinians – from many countries – to witness the canonization of the two Palestinian saints, Sr Miriam Bardawy and Sr Mary Alfonsine, in Rome by Pope St Francis, Sunday May 17.” AEI co-founder and co-president Elias Abu Akleh looks back to his visit to Rome.
Religious Education Conference in Palestine at the Peace Centre/Bethlehem
The Arab Educational Institute – member organization of Pax Christi International in Palestine–organized a conference on the 4th and the 5th of March 2011 at the Peace Centre Hall in Bethlehem under the patronage of Mr. Abdallah Shakarnah – Director of the Ministry of Education office in Bethlehem. The conference title was “How can it inspire moral courage & leadership among Palestinian youths?" During the discussions some international speakers made comparative presentations about Bradford U.K situation. Some religious figures, Christian and Muslim religious education teachers from both government and private schools attended the conference.
AEI was much involved in preparing the Pax Christi Assembly in Bethlehem, held May 13-17. In fact, all our staff took a share in organizational or content-related matters. As international conferences are not AEI’s daily cup of tea it was in fact for all of us a real training ground in dealing with practicalities. But there was to learn much more than that. Here a look-back from our perspective as main partner of Pax Christi in Palestine.
“Only by really listening to each other, it becomes possible to reach a deeper level of understanding and knowledge.” Annelieke Dortant, teacher philosophy (“levensbeschouwing”) at a secondary school in Utrecht in the Netherlands, volunteered this spring to facilitate several group meetings at AEI, using dialogue as method to explore deeper values. Here is her brief impression of a women’s teacher group meeting at the Sumud Story House, at the end of April.