Some 60 students came from Kalanit School in Karmiel to A-Sallam School. They walked hand in hand to the "Abu Baker" Mosque where the Imam Muhammad Kiwan waited for them. He explained to them the parts of the mosque and the significance of each part and the way to behave in sacred places. He blessed their coming to the mosque and prayed for long joint life, full of happiness and hope.
After the visit the students went back to the school where they prepared greeting cards for the coming holidays, with sentences and prayers coming from their hearts – for long healthy and prosperous lives for people of all faiths.
The encounter took place on September 25th 2008, between the educational teams of A-Sallam School in Majd el-Krum and Kalanit School in Karmiel, and focused on the theme of Ramadan.
The Principle of A-Sallam School, Ms. Najeeba Sirhan, welcomed the Kalanit team in Majd el-Krum and stressed their good will in participating in this encounter as manifesting love, brotherhood and interfaith tolerance.
The Islamic Religion teacher of A-Sallam presented a lecture on the month of Ramadan:
Why do Muslims fast? When do they fast?
And the customs of the Fast of Ramadan, and the family visits and the daily meal of breaking the fast. In addition he talked about the commandments of Islam and briefly explained them. Finally he wished all citizens of Israel long life, love, peace and safety.
Rama Ovadiah, Principle of Kalanit School, wished the A-Sallam team easy fast and happy el-Fitr Holiday and stressed the continuation of the joint educational, cultural and inter-religious work of the two schools.
In the conclusion of the encounter, the teacher Osnat from Kalanit School read a greetings prepared by the Kalanit team and wishes for happy life.
On April 16th a joint educational outing took place with the environmental leadership of the 5th graders from the two schools – A-Sallam and Kalanit – at Compost 2000, near Haifa.
The students learned how it is possible to utilize waste, recycle it and reuse it in order to reduce the amount of garbage and keep environment clean.
50 students took part in this excursion.
Out of the basic assumption that it is important to keep our environment clean, the environmental leadership of the two schools, A-Sallam and Kalanit, held a joint environmental day.
5th graders of the two schools went out to the streets and cleaned them. Then they entered the cemetery, cleaned it and tidied the plantation in it.
In this day that took place on April 24th, took part some 150 students from both schools.
At the end of the day the students distributed papers for the parents, with guidance for the parents on how to increase awareness for preserving their environment clean.
On Sunday, March 9th 2008, the 6th grade students of Kalanit School in Karmiel hosted their peers from A-Salaam School for a joint experiential activity around the theme of "Emotions", following the general events and the war in the south.
This activity was in the happy spirit of the month of Adar that started on that day, as it says: "When Adar enters – happiness is growing".
First we met in the classrooms. The children were happy to meet again their friends from last year. They set in circles and heard explanations about the course of the day.
Then we started with "Balloons of Emotions" – a personal page that we created based on the Hosen program, to identify the students' mood and emotions.
To our joy, all students – from both schools – marked the first balloons and explained that the chose them because they were happy to be part of this activity. The conversation took place in both languages (Hebrew and Arabic). The students of Kalanit were especially happy as they could practice their Arabic.
The events of the day were not brought up, although in the morning the students shared their educators in their feelings following the massacre in the Yeshiva in Jerusalem.
After joint breakfast in the classroom and joint activities during the break, we turned to the activity of "Mood Balloon". This is creative work around balloons: the kids chose the color of their balloon and designed it according to their feelings. We made chains of emotions' balloons to decorate the class for Purim – a mixed chain for each class.
After the creativity activity the boys' soccer teams from both schools competed. The game took place in a respecting and respected way. The girls from both schools cheered the game. The referee was the teacher Nader Taha from A-Salaam School.
When the game ended with the victory of the Kalanit team, the girls took the field for a dodge ball game. In this game the referee was the teacher Ayelet Yihya from Kalanit School and the girls from A-Salaam won.
To end the day we took a joint excursion to the nearby Galilee Park. The guiding was given, in both languages, by the geography teachers Amir Lazar and Nader Taha. We viewed our joint Galilee and learned about the scenery formations. We used this excursion as a summary for the joint Geography theme of the Galilee.
During the excursion children from both schools were walking hugged together.
The encounter ended with social games organized by the children and we fare welled with lots of satisfaction and wish for further encounters.
Reported: Osnat Freiberg-Boacio
Group's Coordinators: Najeeba Sirhan & osnat Aram-Daphna
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