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The following is a story of the first step in a growing collegial partnership between two Quaker institutions: George Fox University (GFU) and Ramallah Friends School (RFS). George Fox University began functioning in 1891 as Pacific Academy, a preparatory school. Friends settlers who had located in the Willamette Valley community of Newberg, Oregon desired a school for their children (George Fox University-History, 2017). At present, the University has grown into a thriving institution serving undergraduate and graduate students in Newberg and other sites across the state of Oregon. One of the core themes that both faculty and students at George Fox University foster in their work is local and global engagement (George Fox University-Core Themes, 2017).

Ramallah Friends School began functioning in 1869, when it was founded by American Friends to provide Palestinian youth with an education guided by Quaker values (Ramallah Friends School-About Us, 2017). Currently, Ramallah Friends School operates as a flourishing Lower School (Kindergarten to 5th grade) and Upper School (6th-12th grade) serving Christian and Muslim students together under the auspices of Friends United Meeting. Ramallah Friends School is recognized as one of the leading schools in Palestine and is the only school in the West Bank that is an International Baccalaureate (IB) school, accredited by the IB program at all levels of the school.


Originally published in Quaker Higher Education, 11 (2) pp. 13-18.

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