The new Primary School Library and Digital Learning Center grew out of studying democracy! Students had to identify a project that they could “do” from start to finish. They wrote letters, marched with placards, held meetings and presented a petition to their Primary School Board of Directors. Adults took notice and the miracle of the democratic process became visible. The Library and Digital Learning Center is the outcome of patient and persistent democracy in action.
Renewing the spirit through music!
The Music Program continues to reach out, thanks to the Max and Sunny Howard Foundation. Traditional and classical instruments were purchased and two classrooms completely renovated for learning music. Between 3rd and 4th grade, the children try options- an oud, a recorder, perhaps a guitar- and then choose the one they want to learn to play well. Plenty of practice space, school and community performances, and visiting Palestinian and Jewish musicians offer a taste of what might lie ahead.
Curriculum Development- Renewing our commitment to making an impact beyond the school
The Primary School’s new curriculum uses an interdisciplinary approach, developing young scholars connected to their own identities and respectful of world cultures. With the comprehensive teacher - training workshop for mixed groups of Jewish and Arab teachers, the curriculum will become available to teachers in other bilingual/binational schools and in separate Jewish and Arab schools. The Primary School was selected for a pilot program- an incubator for new pedagogical approaches. Five other leading educational institutions were also chosen, but Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam is the only primary school! The program enables the curriculum to become applicable to schools internationally.
May 31, 2018
Youth Workshop for GIvat Brenner High school
By SFP - Admin
In preparation sessions for the workshops, both at Givat Brenner and Orthodox Nazareth high schools, there were signs of great interest from the students.
Both schools are coming to youth workshops for many years and it was apparent that the students already heard about the experience form their older colleagues.
One thing worth mentioning is that in Nazareth Orthodox school, there were many more students interested in participating than possible and a screening process was done by the teacher choosing who will attend. In Givat Brenner school, all students that wanted to participate were able to.
There were 57 participants 30 Palestinians and 27 Jews, 20 boys and 27 girls.
The participants were divided by the teachers into two working groups, each group with a Jewish and Palestinian facilitators.
We thoroughly prepared the teachers and facilitators staff of the workshop in order to advance a deep meaningful dialogue between the two groups that fosters respect.
Each school had a preparation session in their own school led by a facilitator of the School for Peace.
Apr 10, 2018
Investing in Gaza
By American Friends of NSWAS - Admin
What’s happening in Gaza now is what an out of control conflict looks like.
What’s happening in Gaza now is what it looks like when civilian protest is met with military force.
What’s needed right now is medical relief for hospitals without electricity, doctors without medicine, ambulances without supplies
Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam’s Humanitarian Aid Program and the community’s physicians and health care professionals, have built relationships with some of Gaza’s hospitals and the community is already volunteering their time and skills.
Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam has always been investing in the people of Gaza.
From medical relief to calling the world’s attention to the immediate and long-term impacts of the IDF military actions,
Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam stands with those whose strength lies in non-violent resistance to oppression.
Will you join us right now in supporting medical relief for Gaza’s hospitals?
...and then join us in supporting the long-term work of building dialogue, of finding the non-violent ways through this conflict.
Looking forward to being with you in giving what we can right now, when it is so badly needed!