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Expansion and renovation of the Latin Patriarchate school in Naour: one year later

Published: June 11 Mon, 2018

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NAOUR, JORDAN – One year after the inauguration of the school extension of the Sacred Heart Parish of Naour, located twenty kilometers from Amman, the expansions are bearing fruit in the daily lives of children and families, thanks to the Knights of the Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Belgium who have a special interest in education in the Holy Land.

It was almost a year ago that the extension of the school’s premises was inaugurated to give Jordanian schoolchildren a better education. Built in 1954, the school and the playground were dilapidated and especially too small to accommodate the growing number of schoolchildren. This is why it seemed necessary to enlarge and renovate the premises. In addition to the eight classrooms that the school already has, a laboratory and a room equipped with computers. A second floor was built for the 9th and 10th grades (15 and 16 year olds). It also includes a teachers’ room, a science laboratory and a well-stocked library. This approach is part of the overall vision of the Latin Patriarchate in Jordan, namely a high school that reaches the class of Tawjihi.

In this way, the school will be able to respond to the strong demand from families and recruit new teachers to teach classes for these new classes in order to prepare young people for baccalaureate and university entrance. Indeed, this Christian school held by the Patriarchate is very popular. It welcomes children without distinction of confession or social class, with low tuition fees. As Fr. Ashraf al Nimri, director of schools in Jordan, says: “It’s wonderful! We were able to welcome new students. Parents, teachers and children are delighted. They hope for an even bigger extension in the future.

In addition, the Grand Magisterium of the Order of the Holy Sepulcher supported the construction of a new playground, rightly seeing the key to the well-being and development of children and listening to Pope Francis: ” Sport is a human activity of great value, able to enrich people’s lives.” Children spend a significant amount of time playing, so a comfortable environment has a positive impact and increases their developmental and learning abilities.

All these projects benefit the 350 students, their teachers and families, but also the parishioners who will be able to make use of a renovated playground for various sporting and social activities and thus join in the wake of the projects carried by the Patriarchate in​​education.