Maya, an 8th-grader at one of the schools of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land (ELCJHL), speaks about her family as she wins the 8th grade English speech contest at the ELCJHL Educational Fair for 2012.  The ELCJHL schools are a great asset to the West Bank, as they emphasize many worthwhile practices such as academic excellence, holistic growth, democratic principles,  interfaith dialogue and women’s rights. In the schools as a whole, about half of the students are Muslim, the other half Christian, and they learn to understand and live with one another as friends.

To see more about the Educational Fair, including photos and more videos, see