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Children Teaching Children

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The Center for Shared Society at Givat Haviva has reached over 160,000 Israeli Arab and Jewish community members with our holistic programming, taught 10,222 Arab middle school students practical Hebrew skills, facilitated encounters between more than 3,000 Jewish and Arab youth, given dozens of Arab Israeli students the opportunity to enter the hi-tech industry, and brought together hundreds of people at our Annual Shared Society Conference to prove that unity, equality and freedom can be a living, thriving reality for all Israelis. 

It is a crucial time for Givat Haviva right now, with tensions high and inequality polarizing, our collective work and efforts to establish and promote a shared future and shared society in Israel are paramount. But we cannot do this without you. We need your help to achieve these goals, to transform Israel into the State its citizens deserve. A home where every person has full equality and freedom of social, political and economic opportunities. Where fear, anger and conflict are overcome by peace, understanding and a newfound unity. We can achieve this together with your help!

Our Children Teaching Children program has been a veteran project of Givat Haviva’s for a long time, and its impressive success in combating societal fears, stereotypes and prejudice have been well documented. In the past, Givat Haviva was awarded the UNESCO Prize for Peace Education for the program’s longstanding success in promoting Jewish-Arab dialogue and reconciliation. More recently, this past month Tel Aviv University awarded Givat Haviva the Dr. Chaim Constantiner Prize in Education, highlighting the impressive track record of our educational programming.

Today, we are launching our annual campaign with your help. There is an urgent demand for additional schools to be incorporated into our Children Teaching Children platform. This past year Givat Haviva added a fourth pair of Arab and Jewish communities to our flagship Shared Communities strategic framework. Zemer Arab Local Council and Emek Hefer Jewish Regional Council have officially joined Shared Communities, which pairs neighboring municipalities to establish structured, mutually beneficial cooperation between neighbors historically divided by increasing tensions and mutual alienation. There are four schools in Zemer and twenty schools in Emek Hefer waiting to be paired through the Children Teaching Children program. Help us achieve our goal to raise $5,500 for a new schools to be added to our Children Teaching Children program!

Once we reach this goal together, Givat Haviva will provide hundreds of Israeli Arab and Jewish youth with an opportunity to challenge preconceived fears and misunderstandings about “the other” and transform their relationship with identity, nation and their fellow citizens. This critical impact will have a ripple effect on the youth’s families, communities and the entire region by extension.

Organizer and beneficiary

Alexandra Weeks
New York, NY
Linda Rubin

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