“Peace is built every day, with bare hands, with simple gestures and materials”

The situation of the Bedouin schools in the C Area, where since 1967 the Israeli Government has prohibited to Palestinians to build, is a wound that is getting worse. The Israeli army has increased pressure on local communities, to force them to leave their camps. For the Bedouins leave the camps would mean leave their rights and their culture. In particular Jahalin communities, who live in the desert between Jerusalem and Jericho, represent an obstacle to the plans of annexation of this area by Israel.

The territory is mostly occupied by colonies, marked by military roads, barriers, checkpoints. The schools are overcrowded and often teachers are not paid. The mere fact of being able to come to school in the morning is an adventure for many children and a conquest. A situation that causes a progressive discomfort and school dropout. “Without the school”, Alhan al Ahmar people say, “for our children there would be no future.”

Since 2009, with the construction of the “The Rubber Tyre School” and the rehabilitation of the “Bamboo School”, Vento di Terra has started a process of rehabilitation of schools in the C Area, which has caused a significant adhesions and press coverage.

The program continues with the rehabilitation of new schools in different villages in the C Area. Communities become the protagonists of the process, from the design, to the construction and management of the building. The buildings in bioclimatic architecture enhance local identity and traditions,  and are designed to meet the needs of the community in terms of function and service. The building techniques are mainly based on local and recycled materials. There is a particular focus on the sustainability of buildings, on energy efficiency and water.

Projects

Al Jabal school

The Al Jabal community represents an example of the consequences of a realized forced displacement towards Bedouin Communities in area C: an emergency where basic human rights are neglected and social services altogether lacking. The emergency has also been underlined by local press, by a report published by UNRWA and a lecture held in Jerusalem,

Khan al Ahmar Rubber Tyre School

Two thousand tyres for the right to education of Palestinian Bedouins living in Area C. What seemed impossible is now a reality: the Rubber Tyre school in Khan al Ahmar, a Bedouin camp located between Jerusalem and Jericho, is now home to more than one hundred children in the Jahalin community. Surrounded by Israeli settlements,

Dkaika school

Rehabilitation of the primary school in Dkaika – area C, Hebron Governorate, to guarantee the right of safe and healthy condition, right of education, to implement the primary education path for the Bedouin students and a safe and healthy working place for the school staff.

Ramadin al Janubi school

Rehabilitation of the primary school in Ramadin al Janubi – seam zone, Qalqilya Governorate, to guarantee the right of safe and healthy condition, right of education, to implement the primary education path for the Bedouin students and a safe and healthy working place for the school staff.

Bedouin energies

Israel does not allow the provision of electricity for the Bedouin population, although huge pylons carry the energy to the nearby settlements. To this purpose, Vento di Terra has promoted a project for the diffusion of photovoltaic panel systems for the Bedouin communities in the villages of Anata (Kindergarten), Al Khan al Ahmar (School of

Abu Hindi bamboo school

Abu Hindi Bedouin village is located in the east of Jerusalem in Area C of the West Bank, under the control of Israeli administrative and military authority. This area is semi-arid and without basic services as water and electricity and the only connection is a dirt road. Most of the approximately 3,000 inhabitants of Abu

Yanoun school

Yanun is a village in the Nablus Governorate in northern West Bank, located 12 kilometres southeast of Nablus. According to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS), the village had a population of 102 in 2007. There was a decrease from 2004 when the PCBS recorded that Yanun had 145 inhabitants. The residents of the

Updates

A new school for the Al Jabal village

30 April 2015

The Al Jabal primary school is attended by 123 students (46 boys and 77 girls) and it was characterized by 9 classrooms (6th 7th and 8th grade male classrooms only, 6th, 7th, 8th 9th 10th 11th grade for girls only),

The rubber tyre school is preparing to welcome more students

13 April 2015

The action offers an answer to the different needs identified among boys and girls to ensure to full enjoyment of the right to education for both of them. The rehabilitation will facilitate the participation especially of female students to the

Rehabilitation of the Rubber Tyre school

17 November 2014

Regarding the buildings constructed between 2009 and 2011 (8 classrooms in total) and after, they need maintenance for the plastering, painting, maintenance of the wooden floors, roofs, windows and doors. These will include the substitution of some doors and windows,

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