We are Christian
Our mission statement is based on the vision we pursue.
The mustard seed refers to the parable from the Bible, Matthew, 13, 31-32. It reads: “…The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.”
We compare our day-care center to a mustard seed that will one day grow into a big tree and bear plentiful fruit. Not birds, but children come to “perch” here. Our day-care center offers them more than just this. They will find it a bridge between the old home of their ancestors and the new home of the parents, and above all our Christian way of life that has given our Christian people the strongest support in more than 2,000 years in spite of foreign rule, wars and reprisals. Christian values have always been our compass to live by in decency and morality, even though we don’t have our own national territory.
We want to pass on Christian values and charity, as taught by our Lord Jesus Christ.
We educate bilingually
It is scientifically proven that a bilingually educated child can learn other languages more easily. Closely connected to this, it is much easier for such children to integrate, because they are better able to distinguish between differences in language and consequently in culture. We want to avoid “mixed languages” at an early age this way.
The place of the first language is held by German, while the Aramaic language is to be taught to the children as a second language.
We are independent
We cooperate closely with the Syrian Orthodox Church of Antioch. However, we are an independent organization. This independence enables us to decide more freely and solely for the benefit of the children.
We pursue a modern approach
Of course, our day-care center is open to children of any origin and creed, i.e. regardless of whether they come from an Aramaic-speaking household or not.
We promote integration of the children of our brothers and sisters from Turkey, Syria, Iraq and Lebanon by strengthening understanding of two cultures and two languages in an age-appropriate manner.
Although independent, we cooperate
with a wide variety of organizations and institutions. These include the local youth welfare offices, municipalities, churches, charitable institutions and many others. We see the lively and constructive exchange of ideas as a great enrichment for our work.
We live traditions
Traditions represent a rich culture. Therefore, we want to preserve our Christian traditions and customs from our home countries and pass them on to future generations.