The Education for All project continues to provide almost free-of-charge classes for students who need support at the local schools of Beit Sahour. There are around 20 students from four schools in Beit Sahour.
Students are given Arabic, English and Mathematics Classes on weekly basis. Each student receives 12 hours of classes per month to help enhance their academic performance at school which in turn contributes to the educational processes and to reduce illiteracy among Palestinian youth.
The project is funded partially by the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church and the Italian Organization A La Calle as part of the Angelo Frammartino Educational Center which was established in PCR in 2008.
In addition to academic education, students are exposed to skill enhancement training such as communication and community service. They visit functional organizations in Beit Sahour, to learn about the community service work and also encouraged to volunteer at some of these organizations in order to become more involved in the community activities.
Students also help PCR in its annual activities, especially the Shepherds Nights Festival which
includes the annual candle procession PCR organizes since 1990. (More detailed report of the Shepherds below)
Feedback reports from all the schools and some of the teachers indicate that the students'
performance has enhanced as a result of their participation in the project. They have encouraged PCR to keep this program for more
Many of these students were unable to take private lessons because they can not afford them. Students have to pay 40 Shekels per hour for a private class, and 30 if they are part of a group. Meanwhile, in PCR students pay 40 per month for 12 hours of classes.
In addition, the teachers in the project do not repeat what the students study in school, they pre-test the students at the beginning of a new semester and build a supporting program based on their test, then make a post-test in order to see progress.
80 percent of the students indicated good progress because their enrollment in the program. PCR is planning to upgrade the project to include more students, as it currently can accommodate students of the Eighth grade only, as recommended by the schools.
However, the new plan includes a follow up with the same students in the ninth grade to make sure they learn new studying habits which will positively reflect on their academic performance.