The Evangelical Lutheran School in Beit Sahour (ELS), founded in 1901 by German missionaries, is one of four schools run and financed by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land (ELCJHL). The school has a total of 460 students, most of whom belong to one of the several Christian denominations represented in the region of Bethlehem. About 23% of the students are Moslem.
Although the ELS is one of the oldest institutions in the Bethlehem area, it is a modern school, with all the facilities to make it attractive to the students of Beit Sahour and the surrounding area. Contrary to the great majority of the schools in Palestine, our school belongs to the very few coeducational schools in the country. While keeping excellent academic standards, we believe in the holistic approach. Student activities cover a wide range of themes including music and choir, poetry, sports, dabkeh (a traditional Arab dance), manufacturing of candles and ceramics,wood carving – especially with olive wood –, mosaic designing and recycling paper and glass.
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The Evangelical Lutheran School in Beit Sahour reflects tradition in its existence and permanence. It is founded to develop students spiritually, psychologically, and educationally.
The school’s mission is that of a holistic approach to development, the creation of self-confidence, the reinforcement of community and co-operation, as well as the creation of responsible citizens capable of adapting to the continuous changes of time through an educational system unique in its performance and results.
The school works diligently to build bridges of communication with the local and international communities
Developing wholesome students who are inventive and creative, through a holistic approach.
Living tolerance, peaceful co-existence and love.
To intensify communication and exchange with local and international communities.
To mold the Palestinian National and Christian identity.
Providing a quality education with an innovative approach.
To create a healthy, stimulating and caring school environment.
Integration of students with special needs or disabilities in school and in society.
Promoting the role of women in the Palestinian society