The Hope Flowers School is a normal school in Bethlehem with a very special philosophy. Through special leadership and enlightened philosophy, they try to educate Palestinian children into people with understanding and openness to others, including Israelis. Despite the pain and isolation, they have an ideology of forgiveness and open-mindedness. One of the means by which they teach this to the children is art and theater. A full-time drama teacher is employed, and there is a large playground where hundreds of children can enjoy activities during the holidays.
In 2006 Theater Embassy and the Hope Flowers School first collaborated on a project. The Magical Children of Light show had a unique cast composition with both Palestinian and Israeli children. Peace building and intercultural dialogue were central.
Partner organisation: Hope Flowerschool, Yuvalim Elementary School, Birel Zika Elementary school Israel
Director: Fre Hooft van Huysduynen
Local artists: 2
Target group: Children
Participating Organizations: Palestinian Authorities, the Association for Progressive Education, Harry de Winter.
Theme: Peace building
Video: Magical Children of Light by Andre Kloer