About the Evangelical Lutheran School in Beit Sahour
The Evangelical Lutheran School in Beit Sahour reflects tradition in excellence as a permanent part of the educational life of Beit Sahour. It was founded to develop students spiritually, psychologically, and academically. As in all the schools of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land (ELCJHL), ELS aims to serve all students equally, regardless of gender, religion, ethnicity, or ability to pay school fees. Above all, ELS seeks to offer students positive models for coexistence between students of different religious backgrounds. Each school day begins with morning devotions in the chapel, which both Christian and Muslim student attend.
The school works diligently to build bridges of communication and understanding with both local and international communities. The Evangelical Lutheran School in Beit Sahour invites relationship with schools abroad, with students and teachers involved in ongoing projects of cooperation with schools in countries including Germany, Finland, and England. These projects offer students an opportunity to broaden their horizons, present their community and country to others, and strengthen their language and computer skills.
The Evangelical Lutheran School in Beit Sahour is dedicated to a holistic approach to development, the creation of self-confidence, the reinforcement of community and cooperation, and the creation of responsible citizens capable of adapting to continuous change. Learn about the ELS Special Education Program which caters to children with special needs.
In all the school’s lessons and activities, teachers and staff strive to instill values into the students. The Core Values of the Evangelical Lutheran School in Beit Sahour are belonging, order, cooperation, morals and ethics, honesty, justice, love, equality, and respect.
The Evangelical Lutheran School in Beit Sahour nurtures students’ creative gifts and pride in their culture through folkloric dance and music, known as “Dabkeh,” scout troops, and many other activities in the holistic school curriculum. The school’s choir and dance group perform both locally and abroad.
Another unique feature of ELS is its vocational education program, in which boys and girls can learn the arts and crafts of Palestinian culture including carpentry, metalwork, ceramics, candle making, painting, drawing, beads, olive wood carving, household management and embroidery. This special emphasis preserves Palestinian heritage and prepares for the community’s future. The Lutheran School also encourages the preservation of traditional music and dance “.
Founded in 1901 through partnership with local church members and German missionaries, the Evangelical Lutheran School (ELS) in Beit Sahour is the second longest-running school in Beit Sahour.
Since its birth, ELS has served both Christian and Muslim students, boys and girls together, reflecting the make-up of the community and modeling positive coexistence between students of different backgrounds.
Gender: 57% boys, 43% girls
Religion: 66% Christian, 34% Muslim
Teachers and Staff: 36
Meet Our Principal
Mrs. Georgette Hazboun Rabadi, Principal of the Evangelical Lutheran School in Beit Sahour, has held her current position since 2016 after working as a Development and Liason Officer for the ELCJHL Educational Ministries. She began her professional life as an administrator at Bethlehem University. Through the varied positions she held, she integrated her skills and experiences in teaching, training, engagement, research, planning, curriculum development, and institutional assessment. She currently has more than 31 years of professional experience in differing areas.
Concurrently, Ms. Georgette focused on continuing her own education by pursuing several different certifications and courses, adhering to her personal philosophy: “As long as you’re alive, you ought to learn.” This dedication to ongoing education encouraged her to be the first female principal of the Evangelical Lutheran School in Beit Sahour.
Her main goals since taking the position of Principal have been developing plans for the future, creating teams, and connecting with the community. She believes in empowering students and families in the region, regardless of economic, religious, or social background. “As each person was born free with dignity, so we must accept each other’s gifts, talents, and weaknesses,” she says of her educational philosophy. Ms. Georgette also believes in educating children and young people about global issues, connecting them with their peers both locally and internationally and inspiring them to make a difference in the world. “Our aim is to foster a generation of global citizens who make positive contributions to society, show tolerance and care towards others, and who are equipped with key life skills.”
Beit Sahour, Palestine
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