Expanding Learning: Bethlehem Museum Education Program

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Expanding Learning: Bethlehem Museum Education Program




Our inspiration comes from educating young people about their living heritage.

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Heritage is the core of civilizations.

Preserving Palestinian heritage has never been more urgent. Rooting young Palestinians in their history empowers them to more readily imagine their roles in the future of Bethlehem and Palestine. At the Bethlehem Museum we seek to articulate the narratives of the Palestinian people.Central to the museum’s raison d’etre is to educate young people about their living heritage so as to inspire and ignite their imaginations, their sense of self-worth, and their investment in the community.

We are asking you to help us develop an interactive tour package for visiting school groups complete with an accompanying curriculum. The tour package will include transportation between the school and the museum, museum admission, a guided tour of the exhibits, lesson plans for the teacher to prepare the students for their museum visit, and a post-tour educational workshop.

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With over 135 schools in the Bethlehem Governorate alone, we have the means to reach a critical mass of students. We plan to provide subsidized educational tour packages to 10-12 local schools over the next academic year. Our educational programming will help students live and experience their history through interactive, student-centered workshops that integrate the Bethlehem Museum’s collection. In doing so, the museum will be closer to achieving its goal of serving the Bethlehem Governorate as the “People’s Museum”—a thriving center for Palestinian culture, history and learning.

 

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Meet the team behind the Bethlehem Museum!

The Bethlehem Museum is the result of the combined efforts of the Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation (HCEF) and the Arab Women’s Union (AWU), which started in 2012.

The Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation (HCEF) is a non-profit, charitable, development organization established in 1998 with the mission of preserving the presence and well being of Palestinian Christians in the Holy Land. Together, with the the Arab Women’s Union (AWU), the two organizations completed the museum project. Now, they are looking to make the museum more accessible to Palestinian youth, of all faiths.
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How can you help?  

Funds requested will be used for to subsidize trips for 10-12 school groups in underprivileged areas. This includes:

  • Roundtrip transportation between their school and Bethlehem Museum
  • Museum admission and guided tour
  • Development of classroom lesson plans to prepare the students for visit
  • Post-tour educational workshop
  • Meal at Al-Karmeh, the museum’s restaurant

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Beyond donating to our campaign, we are also looking for nonfinancial support, and any contributions of skills and/or in-kind resources are always appreciated. Specifically, it would be helpful if anyone can provide support in the following ways:

  • Support the curriculum development or volunteer to run a post-tour educational workshop
  • Provide access to a licensed group transport vehicle
  • Serve as a volunteer chaperone during a group visit

We are excited to make the Bethlehem museum more accessible to students, and will be sure to follow up with all supporters to share the impact of your donation!

 

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