The Sumud Story House in Bethlehem

The Arab concept of Sumud, literally steadfastness or fortitude, inspires women’s work in the Sumud Story House of the Arab Educational Institute (AEI), a Palestinian NGO for community education in the occupied West Bank which is part of the international peace movement Pax Christi. Sumud is sometimes symbolized by a cactus or olive tree: it refers to the resistance of …

AEI Children’s Group Celebrate Christmas

AEI held a celebration with the children’s group on the occasion of the glorious Christmas. The meeting included many activities, such as talking about the meanings, values, and symbols of Christmas. Then, the children colored some drawings that express the symbols of the feast, while others have written some prayers and wishes for Christmas and for the New Year 2022. …

AEI Annual Celebration in Ramallah

The Arab Educational Institute / Bethlehem held its annual celebration on the occasions of Christmas, the Birthday of Prophet Mohammad, the Palestinian Teacher’s Day and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The event was attended by the government and private schools network in Ramallah in the frame of the program entitled, “Citizenship and Diversity: Christian / Muslim Living Together in …

Sumud Story House Women’s Group Celebrate Christmas

In an atmosphere of love and joy, the women’s group gathered on Monday 20/12/2021 to celebrate the glorious Christmas. The meeting included many activities, such as having breakfast together and enjoying the Pingo game. After that, the women decorated the Sumud Story House Christmas tree with Christmas decorations and some meanings and values of Christmas, such as joy, humility, love, …

Self-Awareness Discussed in Women’s Group Meeting

On Monday, 13th of December 2021, the Sumud Story House women’s group met with Mrs. Sandrine Hilal – Director of the “Psychology Today” Institute The women were able to express their skills, traits, strengths, and weaknesses through the meeting entitled “Self-Awareness”. At the end, it was agreed on the importance of self-knowledge, love and continuous development.

Safety and Protection in Catholic Institutions Training

Last week, the Arab Educational Institute – a member organization of Pax Christi International hosted Mr. Rafik Saeed – Protection and Safety Coordinator at the Council of Catholic Churches in the Holy Land – in order to train the AEI staff and some of its members on the subject of “Safety and Protection in Catholic Institutions”. The training was aimed …

Winning back the innocent smile

The people of Palestine used to liveas brothers and sisters like everywhere else.Close to the earth and close to each other.A disaster – the Nakbeh –  was inflicted.The old beautiful housesof which the people were proudwere replaced by ruins, bleeding and pain,by sadness and fear.         So much was broken, the soul was sniffed out.The people lost their innocent smilesthat could change …

Stories of sumud in AEI’s group and advocacy work

In a speech for the last public meeting of the Ecumenical Women’s Group Twente-Bethlehem (9/12/2021, Enschede), AEI staff Toine van Teeffelen gave a bird’s eye view of the history of the Arab Educational Institute using stories of hope and sumud as guiding concepts. Stories humanize. Stories of sumud humanize even more. These phrases inspired the Arab Educational Institute (AEI) from …

Youth and women workshops on trauma

AEI held this year 15 face to face sessions on dealing with trauma for two young women groups and one youth group at the Sumud Story House. Each session involved 10 – 15 persons and took two hours. The sessions were given by the trainerSandrine Hilal, director of the “Psychology Today” Institute in Bethlehem. Most focused on overcoming psychological problems …

Citizenship and Diversity: Christian-Moslem Living Together

During the last school year in total 984 Palestinian Moslem and Christian students were trained in inter-religious education as part of AEI’s long standing program Citizenship and Diversity. Participation came from 27 private and government schools in the Bethlehem and Ramallah regions as well as AEI’s faith group. For us at AEI and in the schools, this is once again …