23.06.16 | News, Press Reports

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Reverend Dr. Khaled Freij new director of the Theodor Schneller School
Khaled Freij new TSS dicrector

Archbishop Suheil Dawani (2nd left) congratulates the new director of the Theodor Schneller School, Reverend Dr. Khaled Freij (2nd right), together with Uwe Gräbe (l.) and Klaus Schmid (r.) from EMS und EVS. (Photo: EMS/Gräbe)

"I am delighted that the two and a half years interim period has now come to an end," declared the Anglican Archbishop Suheil Dawani at his residence in Amman (Jordan) on Sunday afternoon, 19 June. After numerous solicitations and applicant interviews in the past few years brought no success in finding someone to fill the post, it seemed appropriate that the new director would be a familiar face. From the start, Reverend Khaled Freij had assumed the role of spokesman on several occasions for various interim governing bodies and had worked as "acting director" in addition to his full post as pastor in Zarka. During this time, he immersed himself more and more into the matter and also became a reliable partner to the Evangelical Mission in Solidarity (EMS) and the Evangelical Association for the Schneller Schools (EVS).

Reverend Khaled Freij will be fully available to take up his duties as director of the Theodor Schneller School (TSS) as from 1 July 2016 and will also take up residence in the director's house on the school site as soon as possible. Dr. Freij takes on a difficult post. After the management crisis of the past two and a half years, it must now be decided what staff is required for what duties at the TSS and what salaries will be paid for which duties. Workshops and training courses which are no longer functional will have to close. Later, new training courses tailored to the Jordanian market will reopen. What is urgently needed is to start long postponed renovations and totally re-landscape the outside area. It is intended to reduce a structural financial deficit and at the same time guarantee the core activity of the TSS, namely to continue providing children on the fringes of society with a good education and a loving home.

Klaus Schmid, Chairman of the EVS, and Jürgen Reichel, General Secretary of the EMS, assured every possible support to the newly appointed director and the Anglican church leadership. Khaled Freij himself is looking forward very much to working together with the German partners. After the younger of his two daughters has been making good progress in German classes, Reverend Khaled and his wife Rana decided to register for German courses with the Goethe Institute six months ago. The first successes can already be heard without a doubt!

Press contact: Regina Karasch-Böttcher, karasch@dont-want-spam.ems-online.org, Tel. +49 711 636 78 85

Information: Dr. Uwe Gräbe, graebe@dont-want-spam.ems-online.org,Tel. +49 178 636 78 37