We commit ourselves to the integral formation, human growth and development of the Palestinian community where conducive, active learning environment, peaceful and dialoguing space will be lived/experienced by all age-group levels of members in Bethlehem and its surrounding areas. The varied activities provided them, will elevate their high level of education, become pro-active agent of their community, improve their quality of life thus contribute to the transformation of their society.
The Pontifical Mission Educational and Cultural Center contributes to the educational, social, and cultural growth of the Palestinian/Arab community by providing wide variety of educational and cultural activities. The activities will stimulate members’ interest and appreciation for learning, allow them to achieve fully their potential, heighten their social consciousness and responsibilities, which will prepare them for insertion in their society. Likewise, the center offers and create ambiance where members of all ages experience respect, tolerance, acceptance of others despite differences, thus, improve their capacity of being able to work with others.
The Pontifical Mission Library-Bethlehem, which started in 1970 has ceased from just being a mere library, and rather has evolved into what it is now as, Pontifical Mission Educational and Cultural Center. It is one of the projects financially supported by the Pontifical Mission for Palestine, springing forth from a fundamental motivation of contributing to the educational, social and cultural growth of the Palestinian/Arab community. PMECC is serving both Christians and Muslims, young and adult alike from Bethlehem with its three refugee camps: Aida, Azzeh and Deheisheh as well as its neighboring cities like Beit Jala, Beit Sahour, Beit Safafa, Abu-dis, Jerusalem, and even Hebron including as well other nearby towns and villages.
“My experience in this camp was very unique, for I was able to explore new things other than just spending my time playing with my electronic gadgets. I learned something about myself that I didn’t realize I was capable of doing . . . I am a shy-type of person but in the camp I was able to socialize and made lots of friends. The different activities and sessions in the camp have taught me to organize my time, be disciplined, have a goal/target in my life and think of the good of the others. ”
“I learned a lot from the different activities that we did during the two weeks-long camp. They helped me develop and acquire some positive traits. The drama sessions for example have boosted my self-confidence and self-esteem. While the competition games had helped me to be an effective team player which developed my sportsmanship spirit.”
“You just don’t know how the activities that you organized have taught my child so many things and we do value and appreciate your efforts and time spent to make the camp more entertaining and fun-filled activity for the participants… Thanks you PMECC Team”