The Bedouins are part of the Palestinian society and in many cases, they are the first to be affected by the Israeli settlements. Most of them are nomad, therefore, they need large spaces to move and herd the cattle looking for food.
When I was visiting Bethlehem I met Ann who is involved in several projects in Palestine. One day she was about going to visit a Bedouin school and nursery school in a place between Bethlehem and Jerico and luckily I could join her. First, we met Agnesse and Aziza sisters, Ann’s friends, who drive us to the location.
It was a long trip with arid landscapes and hills covered by houses. Houses that seem to run away from the desert threatening some meters below.
The school is close to a motorway at Khan al Ahmar and it was built with recycled tyres some years ago.
Today the school has more than 150 students from different grades and more than 15 female teachers. It’s a sort of oasis of education in the middle of nowhere.
The school works. The commitment from the teachers and the effort that some students do to get into the school confirm this.
Some of the students need to walk more than 1 hour to reach the school and it doesn’t seem to affect their energy levels after seeing them running like crazy during the break.
Unfortunately, the school is affected by a demolish order. The deadline is April 2018.
We also had a chance to visit a nursery school in the area. I tried to capture the joy and strength of the children despite the rough conditions.