Right after the opening, Johannes, the architect and me started working out an education program to train people from Jenin in Jenin or in Germany, people who worked with us in a wonderful way and with whom we became friends during the last two years. It is quite complex and goes from intensive courses for experienced workers to improve their skills to 3 years apprenticeships for „newcomers“.
We applied at the Chamber of Commerce in Berlin for 2 month courses for our to learn about new technologies. Together with B5 solar, the solar company that donated and fixed the solar equipment on the cinema’s roof (see photo) – we applied at the Ministry of Economy in Brandenburg for a 2-month intensive course at B5 for Ghassan and two of his workers. In Palestine, there is a lot of sunshine – and a lot of electricity cuts, too. It’s just a beginning. Others will get trained to improve their skills and to get to know new sustainable, eco-friendly technologies.
Nocturnal meeting on the cinema's roof
SES (see under: http://www.ses-bonn.de) will start their first programs for Palestine with us in Jenin. Retired seniors, who quit their manager jobs but want to still give their knowledge to others, will come to analyze and help approving structures and workflows of companies. Wael, our great, committed contact person, who studied and worked for years in Germany, will take care of them in Jenin .
We are delighted and honoured that Dr. Gesine Schwan became our patron of the Women’s Empowerment Program. It has been worked out directly by a very motivated group of Jenin women ready to create a base for their own future projects, like for instance an organic bakery.
Women's society in Jenin
Hazar already applied for a 3 years apprenticeship at a very important organic bakery in Berlin, involved in a lot of social projects. She just has been kindly invited for a first test in May. And wonderful coincidence: a former volunteer, Stephan, studying nutriton science, will write his diploma about the bakery project and will actively support its realization in Jenin. And so on and so forth….
One topic of the list I got from the women’s society after their brainstorming is Yoga! Palestine is the country of the biggest epidemic of diabetes worldwide, due to permanent stress and unhealthy, fat, and sweet food. So yoga could definitely be of big help. Yana, our yoga teacher, just finished her first yoga classes with the women. She will tell you more about her amazing experience in her blog entry.
Yana introducing yoga
We also went to the head of the local schools in and around Jenin and got the green light for a cooperation. We will show documentaries about school relevant subjects for school classes at the cinema in the morning, followed by Q & A with specialists.
Currently we are brainstorming about an environmental program together with friends in Jenin, who already have great ideas of how to raise awarness and realize projects.
Well, these are some examples of our „kick-off program“, starting directly with the people who have been involved in the project. But hopefully from this first phase it will expand and develop new branches, organized directly by the people of Jenin – and supported by us and – you?
If you would like to know more about the Education Program or contribute in any way, please contact us: