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Bright Stars

Children & Youth Program  

For A Brighter Bethlehem, One Star at A Time

Children in Palestine constitute over 50% of the population. They have increasingly become children at risk.

In an environment of increased violence, the project focuses on expressing the emotions, fears, thoughts and visions of the young people. The ICB developed the Bright Stars project with a creative, holistic approach and a large variety of techniques to motivate and stretch the children’s imaginations and possibilities.

Children gather in different art, music, sports, communication and environmental clubs according to their talents and gifts. The children are encouraged to develop these gifts and talents. Our hope is that, during the process, they discover themselves as Bright Stars in art, music, sports, communication and environment.

Children participating in this program are between the ages of 6-16. They are Christians and Muslims, girls and boys. They come from different parts of the Bethlehem District, including Beit Jala, Beit Sahour, the refugee camps and outlying villages. Our goal is to reach 2000 children by the year 2005.

The Bright Stars Program for Children at the International Center of Bethlehem aims at:

  • Developing the children’s artistic, creative, aesthetic, and physical potential

  • Introducing the children to self-based learning, which enables them to discover their creative strengths, talents, and interests.
  • Helping the children to express their thoughts and feelings in various ways.

  • Showing the children different alternatives that they have when planning their future professional lives.

  • Promoting the children's self-confidence by acknowledging their work.

  • Contributing to the individual development of each child.

 “Our aim is that our children, who admire stars, will dare to look up, to dream, to have goals to strive for, to work out their traumas and develop a new sense of community, beauty, and faith” - Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb

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