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The Faisal Al Husseini Foundation is a Jerusalemite institution that was established in 2002 to support and develop the Palestinian  institutions in general  and the education sector in Jerusalem in particular. Its work focuses on developing teaching and learning, based on research and critical thinking, and on providing a safe, stimulating school environment that meets the emotional, educational, and social needs of its students. Over the past 21 years, the Foundation has worked with 95 schools in Jerusalem through both infrastructure development and capacity building programs, in addition to emergency programs. The Foundation developed its educational programs in accordance with the needs of the education sector in Jerusalem. The Foundation based its plans upon studies of the sector that were conducted by the Arab Studies Society/Orient House in the year 2002, the Welfare Association in the years 2005 and 2008, the President’s office in the year 2... [more]
We - members of the General Assembly of the Faisal Husseini Foundation, its founders, board of directors and employees - a group of Palestinians; Some of us knew Faisal Al-Husseini personally and were his friend or co-worker, and some of us had a kinship relationship with Faisal, and some of us did not know him personally and did not meet him. What brings us together, despite the difference in our intersections with Faisal Al-Husseini, is our belief in the human values that he carried: the values of equality, justice and love, and the fight against hatred, revenge and despair[1]. We are also united by our belief in the right to defend our homeland out of love for the homeland and not hatred for anyone. We are united by our reliance on the power of logic rather than the logic of power.  We are also united by our pursuit of unitary work[2]. We like Faisal uphold the value of work directed to preserve human existence of the Palestinians in their homeland, through  provision of s... [more]
Mission The Faisal Husseini Foundation aims to preserve the cultural character of the city of Jerusalem, maintain the Palestinian identity of its residents and develop the services of its institutions.   Goals To preserve the Palestinian national identity in East Jerusalem and maintain its Palestinian cultural character. To encourage unity and cooperation within East Jerusalem and help initiate projects that promote social welfare. To support community development initiatives in East Jerusalem and help alleviate societal difficulties. To document and publicize the political ideology, struggle and spirit of Faisal Abdalqader Husseini. [more]
The strategic objectives of the Faisal Husseini Foundation for the years 2021-2025: 1- To develop the quality of education in Jerusalem through the development of education that is based on scientific research, critical thinking and technological capability in a democratic learning environment that promotes Palestinian identity, inclusion and respects pluralism and equality. 2: To ontribute to strengthening the Palestinian national identity by documenting and disseminating the aspect of the Palestinian narrative. 3: To contribute to supporting the resilience of the active Palestinian institutions in Jerusalem and enabling them to continue to fulfill their mission. 4: To develop institutional efficiency and financial sustainability of the institution. [more]

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  During the school year 2021/2022, there were about 98,428 students in Jerusalem, enrolled at different school levels (not including kindergartens).  About 45,500 of these students go to 146 schools under the Palestinian umbrella (Public Endowments school, private schools, and UNRWA schools).  The rest of students go to schools run by the Occupation government.  These schools include historic schools that were seized by the occupying forces when they occupied the eastern part of Jerusalem in 1967, rented schools, and a few relatively modern schools.  The Occupation exploits the lack of adequate school buildings and imposes the Israeli curriculum in these schools, meanwhile, the majority of Jerusalem students learn the Palestinian curriculum in schools that work within the two umbrellas.   School buildings and classrooms:
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Needs of the education sector in Jerusalem   
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  The Faisal Husseini Foundation developed its educational programs in accordance with the needs of the education sector in Jerusalem. The Foundation based its plans upon studies of the sector that were conducted by the Arab Studies Society/Orient House in the year 2002, the Welfare Association in the years 2005 and 2008, the President’s office in the year 2010 and needs assessment surveys developed by the Foundation of which the last were carried in 2022. These programs are:  
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The Faisal Husseini Foundation is currently focusing most of its work on the education sector in Jerusalem, while providing simple support within the framework of emergency support for sports and cultural institutions. The Foundation has targeted the youth sector at a larger scale since its establishment until 2016. During that period, it developed a number of projects, including the establishment of libraries in youth centers, and the development of their infrastructure and programs, in addtion to providing support for their current costs. It has also worked to support awareness and treatment programs for addiction in cooperation with a specialized center. The Foundation also developed the Faisal Husseini Award Program for Youth, which aimed at developing youth artistic, technical and sports skills, and encouraging them to volunteer and develop their exploration skills, in addition to introducing them to the history  of Jerusalem.  Consequently, the Foundation established 
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Libraries Program

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Youth Institutions Support Program

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Faisal Husseini Youth Award

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Buy time in Jerusalem
As part of the Foundation's campaigns aimed at preserving the Palestinian identity in Jerusalem and supporting the Palestinian schools that teach the Palestinian curriculum in the city, the Faisal Husseini Foundation is launching its third campaign entitled "Buy Time for Jerusalem Schools 2023". The campaign aims at providing furniture for Jerusalem schools that need furniture to accommodate new students, and that needs to replace its worn-out furniture with new furniture. Why we are currently targeting furniture: The number of students in Jerusalem is increasing by about 7,000 students annually, and 5,000 graduate annually. Thus, there are about 2,000 students who need new seats every year. In order for the Palestinian schools to serve a maximum number of the new students they need more chairs and tables annually. In addition many schools need to replace their worn-out furniture with new ones. 17 schools will be served through this campaign where around 1900 stu... [more]
The Faisal Husseini Foundation launches a campaign entitled “Buy Time for Jerusalem Schools -2022”, that aims at supporting efforts to preserve the identity of Palestinian education in Jerusalem.  To achieve this goal, the campaign will focus on three frameworks:   First: Raising awareness about the situation of education in Jerusalem and surrounding challenges, particularly with regard to the protection of the Palestinian identity. Second: Raising awareness on the roles that everyone interested in the issue of education in Jerusalem can take. Third: Supporting the Faisal Husseini Foundation's education programs in Jerusalem.       First: Raising awareness about the situation of education in Jerusalem and surrounding challenges, particularly with regard to the protection of the Palestinian identity.   In the 2021/2022 school year, there are about 98 thousand Palestinian students studying in East Jerusalem schoo... [more]
Faisal Husseini launched the idea of the "Buy Time in Jerusalem" program shortly before he passed away. Through this idea he aimed to direct people and governments to put  the issue of Jerusalem as a priority on their work programs on the one hand, and to contribute to supporting the steadfastness of City's service institutions on the other hand. The Faisal Husseini Foundation was established shortly after the pass away of Faisal Husseini to make the idea of buying time in Jerusalem a major project in the Foundation. The following is part of an interview with the late Faisal Husseini on Future TV Khallik Bil Beot (Stay at Home) programme, where he explains the idea behind "Buy Time in Jerusalem" project. Faisal Husseini passed away two months after the interview on May 31/2001.   Zahi Wehbe: You are currently presenting an interesting project entitled "Buy time in Jerusalem." Would you please explain to us wha... [more]
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Faisal Husseini Foundation launched a call to action that aspires to support 146 schools serving around 46,000 students in East Jerusalem. The campaign aims at its first phase to raise USD$ 5 million  from private donors to provide students & teachers with Laptops to allow them to conduct remote learning during the upcoming school year in the midst of an ever-lurking Covid 19 pandemic. [more]

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