TAMRAT EL ZEITOUN, Fruit of the Olive Tree, is the first all-Arab Waldorf School. Located in the Galilee, it is the only school in its city that places Muslim, Christian and Druze children together in the same classrooms. This school provides a model institution for Palestinians in the West Bank, illustrative of how Waldorf education can be integrated into an Arab community.
Each year since the first kindergarten class, new ground is broken at Tamarat El Zeitoun. History is made in the development of Arab Waldorf curriculum for each grade level that incorporates the seasonal celebrations from the Muslim, Christian and Druze faiths. Tamrat El Zeitoun, is a bridge-building catalyst, bringing all three faiths of its community together in one classroom.
Tamrat El Zeitoun, represents an exciting new educational direction arising from an inspired and empowered Arab community from Shfar’am, a city of over 30,000 Muslim, Christian and Druze inhabitants in the lower Galilee. Already prevalent for children in the Jewish communities in Israel, families from Shfar’am wanted Waldorf education to be available for Arab children as well. They also believed that this education which embodies universal human values, could become a unifying force in a society torn by a century of bloodshed and mistrust.