French youngsters to meet Palestinian youngsters
HOLY LAND – On Sunday 5 April 2015 a group of Breton youngsters came to Taybeh and to Beit Jala to spend three days with Palestinian families, in the framework of twinship between Catholic schools of the Diocese of Vannes and the schools of Latin Patriarchate.
12 students from the school Notre-Dame du Voeu in Hennebont and 15 students from College Sainte Anne de la Gacilly in Brittany, came to the Holy Land on Wednesday evening on a 10-day school trip. After having lived the Easter Triduum in Jerusalem, the youngsters had an appointment with their counterparts to spend three days in their respective families.
The high school students were waited for with anxiety. In Taybeh, the young Palestinians of the Latin school prepared a friendly meal to welcome the French Breton high school students, aged between 16 and 18 years. On the programme for the three coming days: time shared in the class, exploring Ramallah and suburbs of Taybeh, namely its brewery, its workshops of peace lanterns. In the evening, students will remain with their host families. Sami, 18 years, a French Breton, says: “It’s great, we were welcomed as members of the family, it’s a feastday in the village !”
The young students, 12 to 14 years, were waited in the playground of Beit Jala seminary, opposite the college, by student of the school. A concert of horns upon their arrival illustrated the excitement of the young Palestinians. One of the mothers told us: “Clara (the young French student) is my second daughter for three days !” After a group photo, the French students joined the respective families to spend three days meant to explore the region: Bethlehem, Jerusalem, the Dead Sea, etc. The young of Beit Jala, on school vacation, will use the time to acquaint their new French friends with the life of a Palestinian teenager.
Behind this meeting are the Association Les Veilleurs de la Paix and its chairman Abbot Frédéric Fagot who had launched this exchange programme some years ago. The twinships of Catholic schools of the diocese of Vannes in Brittany with the schools of the Holy Land are becoming more and more frequent, targeting meetings between youngsters of the same age. “It is important that the young discover the reality of the life of youngsters here, in the Holy Land, to become true witnesses and establish links. Every Christian is born here, we should keep the link with our Mother Church by knowing the living stones of this country”, said the Abbot who is escorting the trip.
Eva Maurer Morio