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Project information

Shared Learning for Israel's Jewish/ Arab children

To provide more opportunities for Israel's Jewish & Arab school children to interact through school subjects of mutual interest. These encounters are the childrens' the first meaningful meeting with the "other" and provide an opportunity to become more tolerant and work towards shared goals.

January 2018 - December 2018

Charity information: The Abraham Initiatives (UK)

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  • Need


    Jewish and Arab children in Israel live separate lives. Despite both being citizens of Israel and living in close proximity growing up, they have limited contact and know nothing about each other’s culture, religion and everyday lives. This segregation is deeply problematic for Israeli society, and perpetuates the fragile relations between Israel's Arab and Jewish communities


    By creating a new model of Arab-Jewish school encounters that make intra-group collaborations an integral part of school life, breaking the inherent separation between Jews and Arabs in the Israeli school systems, and creating enhanced educational opportunities for everyone involved whilst promoting tolerance and mitigating against tensions. The Shared Learning programme

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To twin 2 pairs of Arab/Jewish classrooms through a mutually chosen topic e.g. English/ science


    » Deliver 12-15 shared lessons hosted alternately at both schools within each pair
    » The students will be assigned online projects to complete in small, mixed groups
    » Support the teachers in creating the lesson plans and methods to deal with a mixed, bilingual Arab/ Jewish class
    » Run additional teacher training/ facilitations, throughout the project. Evaluate the project as a tool for the ongoing project design.

    What success will look like

    The number of schools participating in the programme and also requesting to participate when funding is available

    Aim 2

    TAFI’s educational consultant, mentors the teachers and school principals throughout the project


    » Together, they create the lesson plans and methods to deal with a mixed, bilingual taught Arab Jewish class

    What success will look like

    Teachers testifying that they feel equipped to deliver these shared lessons and being able to respond effectively to the challenges of delivering multi-lingual lessons

  • Impact


    It is envisaged the programme will start to break the inherent separation between Jews and Arabs in the Israeli school systems and create enhanced educational opportunities for everyone involved. The programme also promotes tolerance and mitigates tensions amongst not only the participating children, but throughout the whole school community - including class mates and parents


    Schools being cautious of some parent's deeply entrenched dislike of the other. In our experience in school encounters and integrating Jewish & Arab teachers in Arab and Jewish schools - we have found that where there has been distrust - quickly, the positive feedback from the children has served to dissipate concerns. Expansion of the project beyond the 6 pairs budgeted is dependent on additional funding being secured. We are actively fundraising to ensure we can continue to grow this project


    Donor will receive yearly report on the progress of the project at the end of the academic year. We are able to report more frequently as required. Where there is adhoc updates available, we will email if we feel it's news worthy

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £13,668

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      Amount Heading Description
      £3,242 Travel From one school to the twin school for 2 school pairs for 1 year (30 total classes)
      £810 Refreshments and equipment 2 school pairs/ 1 year = 30 classes
      £1,080 Event End of year event (for each pair)
      £3,892 Education consultant (10 hours per month, per school, for 10 months)
      £3,400 Staff TAFI staff contribution
      £1,244 TAFI over head Admin/ core costs
  • Background


    The project takes place all over Israel, particularly in areas where there are a high number of Arab citizens in close proximity to Jewish areas. This is particularly relevant in the North of Israel - however the project is not limited to this area. We have pairs of schools all over Israel


    The children are 11-12 years old in non fee paying, mainstream (Jewish or Arab) schools. Overall, Arab population in Israel is less affluent that Jewish citizens and their towns are categorised by a lower socio economic status

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Shared Learning is part of TAFI’s encounters programme plays an integral part in TAFI's wider Language as a Cultural Bridge portfolio. This also includes TAFI’s curriculum to improve the teaching of spoken Arabic in Jewish schools. Established over 10 years ago, and recently mandated by the Education Ministry in 5th/6th grade throughout Israel, the “Ya Salam” curriculum is taught by specially trained Arab teachers, integrated in over 200 mainstream Jewish schools

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Hazar Hussein

    Director of Education within The Abraham Fund Initiatives in Israel

    Amnon Be'eri Sulitzeanu

    Co-Ceo of The Abraham Fund Initiatives

“Only through meaningful encounters and getting to know each other, can we move towards change.”

Amir Bakish, father of fifth grader Yonatan from the Ziv School in Ra’anana, twinned with the Al-Rashidiya School in Qala