What We Do / College Students
Bright Stars of Bethlehem grows hope and helps build a future for college students in Palestine.
Meet Rana, a film student at Dar al-Kalima, who started the university’s film club, which has grown to be a resource for the entire community.
“Dar al-Kalima has made it possible to make my ideas a reality.” -Rana
In a country with limited natural resources, Palestine’s human resources are its most valuable capital. Dar Al-Kalima University, through a comprehensive system of human resource development that reflects Palestine’s emerging needs, equips its students with vital skills for the 21st century job market. Bright Stars of Bethlehem envisions that most of the country’s future artists, musicians, actors, journalists, IT professionals, film-makers and the leaders of tomorrow are alumni of the University. Many of the students rely on financial support from generous members of society. You can find out more about this and how you can get involved online.
Dar al-Kalima University builds on the solid foundation and 160-year old educational history of the Lutheran School in Bethlehem. Traditionally these schools have provided services to the entire Palestinian community and this is the mission of the ministries and programs supported by Bright Stars of Bethlehem today.
Diverse Student Body
The student body reflects the social, economic and religious diversity of the Palestinian community. While most students primarily come from different parts of the Bethlehem region including Beit Jala, Beit Sahour and nearby refugee camps, more and more students are enrolling from villages and communities throughout the West Bank. Generally, the student population is 60% Muslim and 40% Christian.
The faculty of the school reflect the diversity of the student body. The instructors are well-trained and use progressive teaching methodologies to bring art, music, acting writing, photography, film, tourism, culinary, information technology and a host of other skills to life.
More than half of the Palestinian population is under the age of 19. Current projections indicate that the overall population is expected to grow by at least 3.2% a year for the next 10 years. Should there be no expansion of the education system to absorb these growing numbers, a significant number of gifted young people in Palestine will have nowhere to further their education beyond the 12th grade and will have extremely limited opportunities in finding employment.
Dar Al-Kalima /university is a direct answer to the current shortage of higher education institutions in Palestine. It is a beacon of hope for future generations. Dar Al-Kalima University is committed to building a culture of democracy, critical thinking, and free expression, thus contributing to the strengthening of the civil society in Palestine.
The College offers Associate degree (2 year diploma) programs in 9 areas of study and two Bachelors degree (4 year diploma) programs. Currently, the College has 263 students earning their diplomas as well as 100 students per month enrolled in Continuous Education classes.
– Film Production
– Contemporary Fine Art
– Documentary Film Production
– Art Education
– Contemporary Fine Art
– Glass & Ceramics
If you would like to help grow hope and build a solid future for these college students, please consider a gift to help provide scholarships to these budding artists, film-makers, journalists, photographers and leaders.
“I don’t want people who have passion to waste it, as I easily could have. I want to take every one’s passion seriously and reach out to people who could benefit from the college. Eventually, I want to teach art. I want other people to have access to the same experience I have had.” – Rafat Rashaydeh, student