Hand in Hand: Center for Jewish-Arab Education in Israel
Category: News & PoliticsVia: krishna • 2 weeks ago • 7 comments
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Hand in Hand: Center for Jewish-Arab Education in Israel is a network of integrated, bilingual schools for Jewish and Arab children in Israel .
Hand in Hand's mission is to create a strong and inclusive shared society in Israel through a network of integrated, bilingual schools and active communities. The organization's philosophy is that the actual living experience of its students, teachers, parents and others who participate in its schools and communities can inspire broad support for social inclusion and civic equality in Israel.
Hand in Hand was founded in 1997 by two Israeli educators, one Arab and one Jewish. They started the first two schools in 1998, one in the Galilee region near the Misgav Regional Council and one in Jerusalem.
These first two schools grew, and in the summer of 2003, a group of interested parents from the Wadi Ara region in the Arab Triangle met to express interest in establishing a third Hand in Hand School in their region.
In 1998, Hand in Hand began establishing a network of schools with integrated student populations, integrated teaching and supervisory staffs, and a bilingual educational curriculum and methodology.
To this Ministry of Education core, Hand in Hand has added special elements to implement the bilingual education and social values that are its reason for being:
- Both Hebrew and Arabic are primary languages of instruction (often with dual teachers in a single classroom);
- The curriculum includes extra content to acknowledge and respect the traditions, history, values, holidays, and culture of all students (Jewish, Christian and Muslim); and
- Specialized guidance and mentoring help students, teachers, and parents express empathy and mutual respect in the most difficult of circumstances.