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JERUSALEM – On Thursday, March 16, 2017, the Consul General of France in Jerusalem, Pierre Cochard met with Father Iyad Twal, director of schools of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem.  It was a meeting that bears witness to the friendship and collaboration between the Latin Patriarchate and the Consulate of France, particularly in the field of education.

The Consul General met with Father Iyad Twal, director of the schools of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, on Thursday, March 16. The 12 schools of the Patriarchate in the West Bank and Gaza are part of the network of 60 Christian schools in Israel and Palestine with 11,000 students.

The Latin Patriarchate schools along with the schools of religious congregations (Franciscans, Salesians, Christian Brothers, St. Joseph Sisters) have a significant role in the Palestinian society.  With a majority of Muslim students, these schools  teach fundamental co-existence  for the future of Palestine.  Traditionally, the teaching of French and French culture is very present.

Several French volunteers contribute to the teaching of the French language. The Barnabé network (Catholic Teaching in Paris), the Knights of the Holy Sepulcher and the Œuvre d’Orient are loyal partners of the schools. Resolutely committed to the pursuit of these collaborations but aware of the instability of the institutions,  Father Twal is able to rely  on the true partnership of the Consul General  and the Consulate of France.

Source: French Consulate in Jerusalem

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