The Salesian Institute in Bethlehem had its very beginning at the Catholic Orphanage founded by Fr Antonio Belloni in 1863, with the goal to teach a profession to orphans and disadvantaged children of Bethlehem. Throughout the years, the Orphanage developed into a Professional Center and, taking into consideration the needs of the youth and the demands of labour market, in 1967 it was officially recognized as a technical school.
Today the Salesian Institute is an educational center of great importance and it includes two curricula: • the Salesian Technical School which offers a three-year technical and professional curriculum concerning the most relevant sectors to the development of the area, such as Turning/mechanics, electricity, Radio TV Electronics, Mechatronics and Industrial Electronics.
• The Professional Training Centre which holds 12 intensive courses lasting one year. The latter was introduced to meet the training needs of a large number of young people who for various reasons leave the school, or for young professionals who, after the high school graduation or after years of practice, want to deepen or update their specialization.
The courses actually held at the professional training center are the following: 1) Carpentry, 2) Turning, 3) CNC Machines, 4) Automechanics, 5) Mechatronics, 6) Electricity (single-phase), 7) Electricity (three-phase), 8) Industrial Electronics, 9) PLC, 10) Olive wood, 11) Mother of pearl, 12) Ceramics (the last three courses dealing with traditional crafts). The updating of the contents and materials of the technological courses is a key aspect that allows students to be trained to operate with the most modern technologies.
The basic education programs of the Technical School are recognized by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, while the programs of the courses at the Professional Training Centre are recognized by the Ministry of Labour. The school is open and sensitive to the multi-religious local situation and encourages the professional training of the most disadvantaged population.
The students at the Technical School and the Professional Training Centre are often excluded from formal school courses: they are refugees or members of large families who live in the suburbs or rural areas of Bethlehem. Among them special attention is paid to the special needs of specific target groups, as former political detainees, women victims of domestic violence, deaf children and young people suffering from various types of learning disorders, often caused by prolonged stress conditions or post-traumatic stress.
Only 40% of the Technical school expenses are covered through the students’ fees; the rest depends on the initiative of the benefactors.
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Bank: JORDAN AHLI BANK (Main Branch) - AMMAN - JORDAN Swift Code: JONBJOAXXXX Further Credit to: JORDAN AHLI BANK - BANK NO :43, BETHLEHEM BRANCH, BRANCH NO 844, BETHLEHEM, WEST BANK PALESTINE Credit to: SALESIAN TECHNICAL SCHOOL