American Consul General Travels to Nablus to Deepen Cooperation

Jerusalem- January 21, 2016

American Consul General Donald Blome traveled to Nablus today to meet with the Governor and deepen the U.S. Government’s engagement with Palestinians in this important West Bank city and governorate. He and Governor Akram Rajoub discussed the range of U.S. Consulate General programs in Nablus which include  USAID investments in water, infrastructure, and agriculture; education programs for young Palestinians; and support for small businesses and Palestinian entrepreneurs. The Consul General toured An Najah National University Hospital where he donated My Arabic Library12507454_10153754254629333_8642191846137464729_n – a library of classic American literature translated into Arabic for the children and visitors of the pediatric ward. Following an English-language discussion with students at An Najah University’s American Corner with Donald Blome toured the Old City to understand Nablus’ rich and ancient heritage. The Consul General’s visit to the Old City included conversations with shop owners and business people engaged in Nablus’ most famous exports: soap and kanafeh.

Consul General Blome said, “We at the U.S. Consulate General understand the cultural, economic, and historical importance of Nablus and are proud of our partnership.”

ABOUT “MY ARABIC LIBRARY” BOOKS:

My Arabic Library is a diverse collection of fiction and non-fiction titles of classic American literature. The library includes colorful posters displaying the book covers for elementary grades 1 to 6. There are 150-200 books per grade level and the sets are packed into two attractive and durable library boxes.  There are five copies each of 30-40 Scholastic titles carefully chosen and translated into Arabic by educational professionals. An included guide for teachers contains lesson plans as well as activities to promote reading in the classroom. Lastly, a comprehensive and exclusive teacher training program assists teachers who will be using the library in their classroom.

ABOUT AMERICAN CORNER NABLUS:

American Corner Nablus (ACN) was launched with a Memorandum of Understanding between the U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem and An Najah National University in September 2011. In May 2012, ACN officially opened and since then, it has offered an array of educational programs, cultural events, English language trainings, and technology classes.

The ACN primarily serves students studying at the university, in addition to academics and university staff. ACN also coordinates with the American Consulate in Jerusalem and its network of program partners in Nablus to host programs catering to younger students, professionals, journalists, alumni of U.S. government exchange programs, civil society, and the general public.