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Coloring Easter eggs promotes cultural understanding in Sidon school

Students in Sidon color eggs to distribute to local churches on Easter. (The Daily Star/ Mohammed Zaatari)

SIDON, Lebanon: Around 50 students from different religious backgrounds worked together Friday to paint over 800 Easter eggs, which will be distributed to churches in the area later in the weekend, to promote acceptance and understanding.

“We are proud of what our school is doing. It goes to show openness towards all cultures and religions,” National Evangelical Institute for Girls and Boys Principal Roger Dagher told The Daily Star. The school’s Arabic name, Madrasat al-Funun, translates to School of Arts.

Although Shadi Mshantaf, head of one of the school’s departments said that although around three quarters of the students are Muslim, the activity “gets across the idea that Sidon celebrates all the holidays of all the [religious] sects without discrimination,” and teaches respect and acceptance towards others that are different.

“We don’t discriminate between religions at all. We will go and distribute the eggs on Sunday, all of us in solidarity,” student Tamara Sabbagh said.

 

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