The Educational Process and Principles
- Activities are geared towards the needs of the participants’ community.
- The guiding principle: Participation in the entire process is by personal choice.
- Continuous process: workshops, seminars, and graduate groups follow one another, allowing for internalization and the creation of meaningful relationships.
- Gradual process: The process begins with homogeneous and monocultural groups, then gradually develops into a multicultural framework that allows for pluralistic dialogue.
- Multicultural and interdisciplinary team: The Center's staff includes both Jewish and Arab educators, all experienced in group facilitation.
Stages of the Process
The program consists of four stages:
1. Exposure: Introductory activity that enables students to engage in the program through real, personal choice.
2. Basic Workshop: "The humanistic and universal significance of the Holocaust" — a series of weekly meetings consisting of 12 sessions (three hours per session) for a group of students who have chosen to participate. Activities include the study of selected topics from the Holocaust and its backdrop. The sessions all revolve around universal, ethical questions on human morality in extremely challenging circumstances.
For the pilot group of four schools, we extended the program by adding four additional meetings. These meetings focused on the relationship between history and the moral and ideological foundations of democracy, as well as on human rights as the conceptual basis for the relationship between the individual and society.
Between October 2014 and April 2015, the Basic Workshop was attended by some 250 Jewish and Arab students, in 16 school groups.
3. Multicultural seminars for graduates of the basic workshops:
"I and 'the other'": Seminars for Jewish and Arab students that help form close personal familiarity within mixed teams. Participants deal with questions of identity, combating racism and human rights violations, relations between the majority and the minority, and the Jewish-Arab conflict in Israel. Each seminar takes place over a three day period in the spring or summer.
In April 2015, we held a spring seminar that was attended by 120 students.
4. Graduates discussion group: Seminar graduates are invited to monthly meetings throughout the school year, continuing until the end of 12th grade. The graduate group deals with present-day social issues and maintains the interpersonal relationships created during the process.
In the 2014-2015 school year, some 80 Arab and Jewish students participated in the graduate group.