There is hope in the Middle East: At the Schneller Schools in Lebanon and Jordan, Muslim and Christian children get a good school education followed by a vocational training. Living together in peace and tolerance are of great importance.
Education for peace in the Middle East is an idea which Johann Ludwig Schneller already implemented when he founded the Syrian Orphanage in 1860. He brought in orphans from different religious backgrounds, offered them a good school education followed by a vocational training in order to enable them to live a self-sufficient life. The Johann Ludwig Schneller School (JLSS) in Lebanon and the Theodor Schneller Schule (TSS) in Jordan continue this important work. The Evangelical Association for the Schneller Schools (EVS) supports and accompanies both schools. As a support group, the EVS raises donations from private individuals, congregations and other church groups.
Both schools are under the oversight of local bodies. The National Evangelical Church of Beirut is responsible for the JLSS. The Episcopal Church in Jerusalem and the Middle East oversees the TSS.
The EVS is one of the founding members of the Evangelical Mission in Solidarity (EMS) and understands its work as part of the worldwide ecumenical relations in the EMS Fellowship. It works on a partnership basis with the churches sponsoring the Schneller Schools which are both EMS member churches.
"Since my first visit to the Middle East as a student the people there have touched my heart and relationships have grown. Since then, many things have changed – but the longing for peace has stayed. And Schneller makes a contribution to that."
"Peace based on justice and respect among Christians and Muslims, is a vital issue for all people in the Middle East. The Schneller Schools contribute to that. That is why we should support them."
"When I was based in Jerusalem as a Provost, I was delighted to know that, at the Theodor Schneller School, I had a home beyond the River Jordan, whenever I had to serve in the Jordanian part of our congregation. Today, in my capacity as Executive Secretary of EVS, I know that the Schneller-Schools in Lebanon and Jordan (as well as the preschool project in Syria) are much more than just schools with workshops and boarding houses: they are boarding homes – providing the children with everything they should receive in a normal family: attention, love, and respect."
"The Schneller Schools are a blessing for the children who get the chance to live there. The schools offer an important life perspective to girls and boys in Lebanon and Jordan regardless of their religious beliefs. With their commitment for peace-building the schools also strengthen the role of the churches in the Middle East."
"I want to support the Schneller schools because I have worked as a training supervisor for more than three years at the school in Lebanon. The Middle East deeply impressed me and my family and we are very grateful for all the wonderful experiencese with friends and the hospitality."
"Education and training for those who need it the most: boys and girls in the conflict zone of the Middle East, in the country and for the country on the basis of the gospel and simultaneously with an ecumenical and interreligious openness: This is what has convinced me of the Schneller schools. Living together, learning with and from each other, in mutual recognition and respect, Christians and Muslims. This is tangible peace education."
"Being able and allowed to work is part of humanity. When young people start off with a sound education this will be a good ticket to the world of work. The activity of the Schneller Schools is meaningful for young people and of vital significance for their lives."
"I attended a Schneller School from my first day at school until my last. I have gone far in my life thanks to an excellent education and an upbringing based on love, respect, honesty and respect for others. This school continues to deserve our support."
"As a descendant of Johann Ludwig Schneller and the son of the founder of the Theodor Schneller School, I am very familiar with its work, also due to my professional activity in Jordan. The school is highly esteemed in the Middle East and is more important than ever as a bridge for understanding."
"I have worked regularly with groups of German school students and adolescents from the Schneller Schools. That has taught me to truly appreciate the value of the education given at the schools for the Middle East."
"In the Middle East, the Schneller Schools are an outstanding example of how Christian witness and respect for people of other faith are not in contradiction"
The Schneller Foundation is committed to Christian peace education which is practised by both Schneller Schools. Tolerance and living together in peace are in the focus. Christian and Muslim children learn what it means to respect one another and practise mutual tolerance regardless of religion or culture. Many former students are active in their societies today.
Since 1889, the Evangelical Association for the Schneller School supports this peace-building work in the Middle East. On 11 November 2007, the association founded the Schneller Foundation. With this, it created another supporting leg to finance the work of the Schneller Schools.
The interest revenues secures the future of both schools on a long-term basis. When the foundation was set up it had a capital of 1,085,000 Euros. Thanks to many contributions the capital was raised up to almost two million.
Other than regular donations which have to be used shortly after a contribution to the foundation capital is a long-term investment in the work. As only the interest revenue is used to finance the work Schneller Schools.
The Schneller Magazine reports four times a year about the two Schneller Schools in Lebanon and Jordan.
Feature articles, news items, analyses and interviews take up topical issues from the Arab world, linking them with the life of the students at the two schools. The Schneller Magazine places special emphasis on the situation of Christians in the Middle East. The Schneller Magazine is produced in cooperation with the headmasters of the two schools.
You can read the magazine as e-book on our website or download it on your mobile device to read it offline.
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