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Dec 15, 2017

The Primary School

The Primary School is embedded in the only Jewish-Palestinian community in Israel that is itself fully inclusive, bilingual and egalitarian. In addition to the continuously evolving culturally inclusive bilingual- binational curriculum, every time the children (or their parents) are outside for recess, field trips or community events, they see the lived reality that is modeled in their classrooms.

The greatest impact is on the 90% of the children who come to the Primary School from 12-15 neighboring towns and villages, connecting children’s families and friends with wider communities and diminishing fear of “the other”

The teachers are in their second and final year of developing a curriculum and special education materials, to be available in Hebrew and Arabic,  for binational, bilingual schools. The music program, based loosely on the (Venezuelan) El Sistema, provides classical and traditional instruments and direct instruction for each child, growing musicians and the seeds of social change through classical and traditional music.

The recently completed Primary School library is filled with open spaces, private nooks, small group study areas, bilingual books and materials, and digital tools that support student research and projects in the visual and performing arts.

Sustainable growth is underway, by adding an additional class of first-graders- each year for a 5-6 year period.

Dec 6, 2017

Masar - Masa

This project is being held for the 10th year under the leadership of the spiritual center. Masar Masa, an innovative and unique program for youth, has an educational vision for a diverse Israeli society composed of different cultures and religions.

The program consists of four days of an experiential tour. We meet people from diverse backgrounds and communities and visit fascinating sites that tell us about the history of the place where we live. Thus we discover ourselves, our neighbors, and communities, as well as the human diversity and complexity of our country.

We also hope this year to create a pool of youth who will also serve as counselors and leaders in their communities and will meet several times during the year in addition to the journey.

Oct 11, 2017

SFP youth encounter workshop

 How do you get 30 Palestinian students and 27 Jewish students, who don’t know each other, to volunteer to come together for a 3-day Youth Encounter workshop that addresses complex, emotional, personal issues? Students from Jewish high school, Givat Brenner and Palestinian high school, Orthodox Nazareth could tell you; trust and confidence. After many years of working with these two schools, the reputation of the School for Peace’s highly trained facilitators who run the program is well known among faculty and students. This session generated so much curiosity that spaces filled up quickly and the work shop could not accommodate everyone who wanted to participate.

Guided by two SFP facilitators, one Jewish, one Palestinian, students discussed the war, injustice and prejudice that is part of their daily lives. Facilitators worked with the students to set up the rules of a respectful and constructive dialogue and the results were amazing. By the second day they were ready to hold a simulated peace negotiation that focused on the future and discussed education, reconciliation and justice. At the end of the negotiations, students presented the agreements they had reached and the points on with they remained divided.

The conflict is far from solved, but I think that with meetings and actions like this we are getting closer and closer to making change. I understood that for the truth to reach a certain place both sides have to give up and compromise and sometimes even the more powerful side is the one which needs to give up more. -Yael Golombo, Jewish participant

Peace in this country is important; we have to have mutual respect and sympathy toward the other people. …In the end we will remain two peoples in one country. We have to live together. I met people who believe in this and I can live with them. I mean, we are all one people, we have to live together and it does not matter if it’s our right or yours. -Roua Dujan, Palestinian Participant

These powerful and hopeful words from the students are so inspiring. Through this workshop they have been shown what is possible when Jews and Palestinians work together. They understand that their future hangs in the balance. By donating to this program, you can help bring hope to students, like Yael and Roua, who believe in the possibility of a peaceful future together.

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