Educators for a Shared Society
2016 | Israel
The deep division of the Israeli society is reflected in nearly all aspects of economic, political and social life. The discrimination of the Israeli Arab minority and growing alienation between the Jewish and Arab populations are cited as one of the most serious threats to the future of Israel. This has led to a state of mutual mistrust, hostility and alienation between Jews and Arabs which has translated into increased racism, extremism and violence. In recent years, there were more and more young people who participated in the conflict. Young Jews and Arabs grow up in segregated school systems and limited social interaction. As such, Givat Haviva promotes the young generation for a new society and supports a peaceful co-existence in Israel.
This project is part of Givat Haviva's comprehensive Shared Society project-cluster. It focuses on trainings for educators from Jewish, Arab and mixed schools to counteract alienation and racism among young people. With the implementation of an educational programme in elementary, middle and high school Givat Haviva fosters mutual understanding among children and youth. Arab and Jewish teachers are given the opportunity for exchange and to work on a joint curriculum. Besides organized encounters of the classes participating in the learning programme, an online platform will be developed to make the curricula accessible to a wider pool of educators and allows discussion, feedback and input. To lay a foundation for democratic values from the very beginning a new curriculum will be also developed for the kindergarten.
The first project highlight will be the Youth Summit on May 31st 2016, where the German Ambassador Dr. Clemens von Goetze will inaugurate the event together with local Jewish and Arab mayors. 540 students and 18 Educators are expected and joint class projects together with insights from the participating teachers will be presented.