While every project at Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam is important, some are in more urgent need of funding.
Primary School Teacher Salaries: The Primary School seeks to teach the importance of equality between Jewish and Palestinian cultures, language, and traditions. Each class at the Primary School is taught by two teachers, one Jewish and one Arab. To help children become bilingual, classroom sizes are smaller than normal Israeli schools, and teachers instruct in their own language. The need for two teachers in each classroom and the commitment to smaller class sizes mean that the Primary School’s teacher salary expenses are considerably higher than most schools in Israel.
Innovative Extracurricular Activities at the Primary School: The Primary School feels that special programs, such as Drama Therapy, Archaeology, Ecology and Environmental Studies, significantly enhance its educational environment and take into consideration the emotional and academic needs of its students.
You can download the 2010/2011 Wish List from the Primary School here.
School for Peace Youth Encounter Workshop: Workshops at the School for Peace are conducted in both a binational (Arabs and Jews together) and uni-national (Arabs only/Jews only) contexts. Youth encounter workshops target Jewish and Arab 11th graders from schools throughout Israel. Many high schools that have participated in the past continued to send new groups of students each year. Approximately 60 young people (half Jewish, half Arab) participate in each encounter workshops.
School for Peace Women’s Department: The Women’s Department at the SFP provides facilitator training and university courses for women who do not typically have access to higher education, and focuses on providing participants with tools and skills they can use in their home communities. The department offers three primary courses, as well as special programs. Key courses include: “Women in Times of Change,” running for nearly 10 years at Tel Aviv University and expanding to other universities in Israel, “Women Building Projects in Their Community” and an Advanced Dialogue Course for women who have previously participated in SFP workshops.
Workplace Interventions at the School for Peace: Given the success of two recent programs at the School for Peace, “Media in a Time of Conflict” and “Agents of Change: Conflict Management Training for Leaders of Israeli and Palestinian Civil Society,” both of which target key professional sectors where maximum impact is possible, the institute has created a new area of focus for its programs: Workplace Interventions. Workplace Interventions target key Arab and Jewish professional sectors, as well institutions with mixed Jewish and Arab staffs. Areas of focus include: Arab Women in Law, Jewish and Arab Healthcare Workers, and Jewish and Arab Psychologists and Social Workers, among others.
“Mediation in a Multicultural Context” at the Pluralistic Spiritual Center: This course is developing a topology of mediation in a multicultural society, aiming to publish a curriculum based on pilot training of mediators and mediator-trainers, focusing on the role and process of mediation between the Jewish and Arab-Palestinian society in this context.
Young Leadership Training Program at the Youth Club – Nadi: This program creates a cohesive group of young leaders, able to facilitate groups in binational/bilingual contexts and creates the context for social initiatives benefiting the Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam’s community as well as the new communities they evolve in.
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