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Shared Learning

For the last 8 years, the Abraham Fund Initiatives has run the largest Arab-Jewish school encounters program in Israel. Following study tours in 2015 & 2017  to Northern Ireland, The Abraham Fund is test-casing a parallel model of the Shared Education program which has achieved real success and been mainstreamed in Northern Ireland. The Northern Irish model brings together Protestant and Catholic schools to jointly study core syllabus, and has become the main tool for breaking the separation of Protestants and Catholics in the school system. The Abraham Fund believes that this compelling casestudy can be tailored to the Israeli school environment and break the early barriers between the Jewish and Arab populations in Israel.

Our Shared Learning program twins an Arab and Jewish classrooms through a mutually selected curricular topic, identified to be of importance by both schools. Educational consultants mentor teachers and principals through the process, leading to a series of 8-10 shared classes, team taught by both Arab and Jewish teachers, and alternating in location between the two schools. The program concludes with a capstone collaborative project and invites parents and the wider school community to participate in interactions.

In the 2017-18 school year this program will be piloted in 14 school pairs (28 schools across Israel), with over 700 students and 100 teachers participating.

Following evaluation of the program's impact, advocacy efforts will aim to expand implementation to a national level, and integrate the program into official Ministry of Education policy and budget.




 
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