Oct 20th 2014
The encounter theme and content: - Art
The two teams – of the Salaam school in Majd al-Krum and Dekel school in Karmiel – met to plan the joint program hearts for bringing the hearts closer together through the arts and music. The ongoing work will include two classes from both schools and will be coordinated by the music and arts teachers of both schools, together with the two Principals – Ms. Najeeba Sirhan of al-Salam school and Ms. Amit Yaniv of Dekel school. The overall coordinators will be Mr. Nader and Ms. Hadas.
Dates were set for activities in the coming months.
Nov 5th 2014
On 5.11.2014 the students met for the first time, with the teachers coordinating the activities and the two principals.
They participated in an activity of creating a stained cellophane paper image of a dove of peace with symbols of peace. It was a group activity so each class took its creation to hand on the wall in the peace and coexistence corner.
The day was concluded with the joint choir, led by the music teacher, singing peace songs in both languages Arabic and Hebrew.
May 15th 2014
Encounter between students of the two schools – A-Salam in Majd el-Krum and Dekel in Karmiel.
The encounter focused on the customs of Passover.
After the Kids from A-Salam were welcomed at Dekel school, all pupils gathered together and we explained to them how the day is going to look like and what we are about to do in it.
The day had three parts:
Finally the students had a joint football gave and we concluded the day.
June 10th 2014
Summary and pick-day for the project
The children met, together with the educators, in A-Salam School and held a joint conversation about the year's activity. The children shared about their experience in participating in joint activities with children from the other sector, what did they gain from it? How did they feel? What was new? What needs to be improved?
We also got feedback from the parents when the children spoke about the support and encouragement they received from their parents to participate in such encounters that bridge between the children and remove prejudices and stereotypes. Finally, each student wrote a sentence about peace and living together. We concluded with sports games in mixed groups, which was very enjoyable for all.
The encounter on May 25th was divided into three parts:
First we held a Bingo game with names: each student wrote his or her name on the board and then each one of them chose nine names for their personal board. Then we played the Bingo game.
In the second part, the schools choir sang, in Hebrew and in Arabic, the song of Eric Eninstein: "I and you will change the world". We all joined the choir and sang along.
The third part of the encounter was dedicated to Jerusalem. The jids were divided into working groups, each focussing on a different activity. One was working on a crossword puzzles about sites in Jerusalem. Another was answering quizzes on what we know about Jerusalem. A third group was trying to create as many words as possible from the letters of the word Jerusalem. And another group was composing a jigsaw puzzle with a photo of Jerusalem.
The encounter was divided into three parts:
First we held a bingo game of names: each student wrote his/her name on the board and each one chose nine names for their personal board. Then we played the bingo game.
In the second part the school choir sang, in Hebrew and Arabic, the song of Aric Einstein "I and you will change the world", and we all joined singing.
The last part of the encounter was dedicated to Jerusalem. The kids were divided into working groups working on crossword puzzles about sites in Jerusalem, quizzes about what we know about Jerusalem and how many words can we make of the word Jerusalem and a jigsaw puzzle with a picture of Jerusalem.
February 20th, 2014
On Thursday, February 20th, we met again – pupils from the two schools, A-Salam in Majd el-Krum and Dekel in Karmiel.
The theme of the encounter was encounter between religions, focusing on getting to know the 'other' from the religious perspective, after watching a film that describes children from both societies who study together in the same school.
The film shows how the students are mixed together and study about each other. Arab pupils joint the Hanukah activities and learned about its meaning for the Jews and similarly Jewish students learned about Islam and how the prayer is performed in one of the school's rooms.
We held a joint summary with feedback questions to the pupils, such as:
A summary of some of the children's arguments:
February 25th, 2014
Place: Dekel School in Karmiel
Theme: forming a joint choir of pupils from the two schools
Participating: the two school principals, the two school vice-principals and the music teachers of both schools.
Dr. Yehuda Stolov suggested the preparation of a joint song for the choir, with support from a famous conductor and having the song recorded and published.
Then the two vice-principals presented the stages we went through so far in our joint program.
It was agreed that the music teachers will start working on preparing the task.
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