March is the busiest month in our calendar for its many human, religious, social, environmental and national occasions: International Women’s Day, Mother’s Day, Spring’s Day, Al Karameh Day, the Annunciation Feast, Land Day. We have to reflect upon the meanings of these occasions - and also of Lent. which is in the same period. All these occasions are basically about love and connection.
In 1986, I was walking with Fuad [Giacaman] in Paris, and we were brainstorming about what we could do besides our work as school administrators at the Freres School in Bethlehem. I raised the issue: Why not to start up an educational center? We knew there was need for remedial teaching and especially for language learning in our society. Many school students, especially the older ones, were in need of extracurricular support after school hours. That’s how the Arab Educational Institute started.
By Sive O Connor
My decision to travel to the West Bank and get a glimpse of life in Palestine was mainly based on a chance to enhance my own learning experience. Having just begun part time studies in an MA in Anthropology and Development, it seemed like a great chance to see first-hand what it is like to be Palestinian and how this word “occupation” impacts on daily life.