The Abraham Initiatives (UK)

Encounters between Israel's Jewish & Arab children

Jewish and Arab children in Israel live separate lives. This project aims to bring kids, aged 11-12 together, often for the first time through paired schools giving the students unique opportunities to meet, and get to know each other in a positive setting, to build tolerance, cultural understan

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 4 December 2015 to 5:00 PM, 14 December 2015

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (1119571)

Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£16,000

Amount raised

£16,000

Donations

56

    Category

  • Arts/Culture/HeritageArts/Culture/Heritage
  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
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    Helping

Location

  • I thought before the encounters that we could never be friends, but now I understood that I was wrong. I have a friend called Lilah and I value her.

    — Mahmoud, 5th Grade, the Latin school of Ramle (Arab)

  • The experience is magnificent. The songs and the stories that we learn are great. Even though we speak different languages, we understand every word

    — Lilach, 5th Grade Kalanit School, Carmiel (Jewish)

  • I thought before the encounters that we could never be friends, but now I understood that I was wrong. I have a friend called Lilah and I value her.

    — Mahmoud, 5th Grade, the Latin school of Ramle (Arab)

  • The experience is magnificent. The songs and the stories that we learn are great. Even though we speak different languages, we understand every word

    — Lilach, 5th Grade Kalanit School, Carmiel (Jewish)

Situation

Jewish and Arab citizens of Israel speak different languages, typically live in different towns, go to different schools, and have no daily interaction. Growing up, they have limited contact and know nothing about each other’s culture, religion, and everyday lives. This early segregation is problematic for Israeli society, and perpetuates the fragile relations between Israel's Arab and Jewish communities. They see each other through the lens of the media further entrenching negative views

Solution

The project pairs schools allows students and school communities to get to know each other in a positive setting participating in educational workshops building tolerance, cultural understanding and mutual respect between Jewish and Arab children. It plays an important role in strengthening relations in Israel.The programme's activities also enables the students' teachers, principals and parents to build relations through interactions