Jun 25, 2010

English and Health Days at the school

Health Day
Health Day

As the school is reaching the end of the year, the teachers have organized "special activity days" for the children. Mixing pedagogical goals and informal activities, the children got great opportunities to interact with other grades and learn at the same time.

During one of those days, the pupils from 2nd to 5th grade focused on practicing English. Stage plays, power-point presentations, short films and table games: all the children from 3rd to 5th grade prepared something in English to share with the others. One of the purposes is to introduce the youngest children in an entertaining and playful way to the study of the English language. Two other days focused on Hebrew and Arabic.

Later in June, an entire day was dedicated to a series of lessons all around the topic of health, from healthy nutrition to reflexology. The children from 1st to 5th grade moved from one station to another to meet with experts in the broad field of body and soul wellness. They learned about general medicine, dental hygiene, science of nutrition, veterinary medicine, reflexology and yoga. All the lessons were held in a very entertaining and amusing style, in order to stimulate the participation of all children.

English Play
English Play
Children received toothbrushes
Children received toothbrushes
Playing in English
Playing in English

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Jun 25, 2010

New Massa-Massar program started in April

First meeting in April 2010
First meeting in April 2010

This year, the Pluralistic Spiritual Center is teaming up with the School for Peace in Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam to run a new Massa-Massar program focusing on Human Rights. Nine Jews and thirteen Palestinians from different high schools (age 15-17) are participating in this program, which includes one encounter every month for 8 months. The first encounter took place on April 25-26. The participants learn how to identify violations of human rights in their own environment, for example in connection to disability, women, children. They are also encouraged to report about the observed violations to the major in their cities or towns. In addition to meeting during encounters, the participants will also be traveling together in various places in Israel. Thank you all for your important support: You are making a difference!!

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Jun 9, 2010

New Human Rights focused Youth Encounter

First binational meeting in April 2010
First binational meeting in April 2010

The School for Peace (SFP) is currently running a one-year long course for Arab and Jewish high school students who want to become leaders in advancing human rights in their milieus. Nine Jews and thirteen Palestinians from different high schools (age 15-17) are participating in this program, which includes one encounter every month for 8 months. The first encounter took place on April 25-26. The participants learned how to identify violations of human rights in their own environment, for example in connection to disability, women, children. They also got encouraged to report about the observed violations to the major in their cities or towns.

During this first workshop the debate around human rights started, both in uni-national and in binational groups. A game was proposed in order to guarantee a free exchange of opinions: each participant had the possibility to write anonymous questions on a piece of paper. One of the participants, a very shy Jewish student, decided to take courage and raise a very delicate question directly: he asked to his peers what they will choose to do when they will be called up for military service. The following discussion gave voice to the ticklish dilemma between social and personal expectations and the awareness of the violation of human rights connected to the choice of serving as combat soldiers in the occupied territories. A girl expressed the hope that the experience in the SFP program will help her to decide how to act in the future.

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