Beit Safafa education center dedicated

Bakehila center offers educational, enrichment activities to neighborhood kids run by Arabic-speaking teachers.

January 8, 2012 04:12
Beit Safafa

Beit Safafa 311. (photo credit: Michael Green)


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Just a day after two vehicles were set ablaze in the Beit Safafa neighborhood of Jerusalem, a unique educational center was opened in the same neighborhood by the Bakehila organization.

The center offers educational and enrichment activities to children from grades 5 to 10 from the neighborhood, all from Arabic-speaking teachers and students.

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Bakehila was established nine years ago by venture capitalist Erel Margalit, and aims at revitalizing Jerusalem by aiding children from underprivileged neighborhoods and developing the skills they need to bridge social and economic gaps.

Muhammed Alian, deputy principal of a Beit Safafa school, said, “The change these students have undergone is indescribable. I see them in school, in the neighborhood, in our mosques, and I notice the profound change wherever I go.”

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