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FUM Field Staff Updates

Sam and Becky Barber, Eden Grace and Ann Riggs were in North America this summer. We hope you had the time to visit with them and enjoy stories of their exciting ministires. Please continue to pray for all our field staff as they engage in equipping and energizing Friends all over the world. News from Sam and Becky Barber (Belize…

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Reason to Celebrate! RFS Named an IB World School

By Mohammad Habbas, Math Teacher and MYP Coordinator Previously when seventh grade English students were assigned Romeo and Juliet, accompanying classroom activities were limited to reading and interpreting the complex Shakespearean text. To most students, this was an arduous task that left them bored and unengaged. Collaboration between the English, Art and Technology departments has made the classroom a much more…

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The Ramallah Friends School newsletter has a new look!

In March, Joyce Ajlouny, RFS director, was in the FUM office in Richmond, Indiana, where the newsletter is edited by Katie Terrell Wonsik and designed by Shari Veach. These three women put their heads together to bring you a fresh look, while continuing to bring you important updates, photos and features from the Friends School. Sign up for the newsletter.

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Strategic and Action Planning at the Ramallah Friends School

By Joyce Ajlouny, Ramallah Friends School director Only a 35-minute car ride away, we traveled from a very chilly Ramallah to the desert warmth of Jericho, where we held our strategic planning retreat. Samir Hulieleh — RFS board member, alumnus and parent — offered his winter home and pampered us with wonderful food as we deliberated the future of our…

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My Visit to Friends Schools in the U.S.

By Mahmoud Amra, RFS Upper School principal For over 20 years, working at the Ramallah Friends School, I have had the opportunity to meet many visiting educators and students from Friends schools in the U.S. I have learned from them about their schools and how they incorporate Quaker values and traditions. I have benefited greatly from the long conversations and…

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Quaker Life - Mar/Apr 2012

FUM Work Team Opportunities

One of the most meaningful opportunities that FUM provides is participation on a work team to one of our project partners. Every winter a work team travels to Cuba to meet for the first time or renew friendships with Friends in Cuba Yearly Meeting, as well as work and worship alongside them. Cuba Yearly Meeting has been a member of…

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Quaker Life - Mar/Apr 2012

Eco-garden Room at the Ramallah Friends Schools

The Ramallah Friends Schools raised $30,000 from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Dutch Mennonites and GIZ (German Development Bank) to fund the construction of a green room made of recycled waste (glass bottles and compacted soil, etc.). Students will help build the room on the Swift House property. The Swift House property houses an RFS-run Environmental Awareness building center…

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Quaker Life - Mar/Apr 2012

FUM Ministry of the Month

Each month through December 2012, we will focus on a different ministry of Friends United Meeting. This “Ministry of the Month” corresponds with the FUM wall calendar that is available for $7.50 from the Friends United Press Shopping Center. April 2012 FUM Field Staff Field staff are hired by Friends United Meeting to coordinate and carry out the work of Friends…

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Ramallah Friends School

Ramallah Friends Schools

Since 1869, and despite the political volatility of the region, the Ramallah Friends Schools have continued to serve the needs of Palestinian families, providing educational excellence built upon the Quaker values of peace, equality and non-violence. Unique in many ways, the school commits itself to developing the whole person — physical, mental, spiritual and social ­— regardless of varying abilities….

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Ramallah Friends School Hosts Model United Nations Conference

By Joyce Ajlouny, Ramallah Friends Schools Director In October, while the international press was focusing on the controversy that arose with President Abbas’s United Nations bid for Palestinian statehood and the emerging debate, students at the Ramallah Friends School decided to hold their own mock United Nations conference. Building on their experiences attending several Model UN (MUN) conferences worldwide, our students…

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