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Bi-national Teacher Training 

Program set-up

The program consists of two trainings, 30 hours each.


The first training will focus on an individual and group process, uni- and bi-national, enabling personal coping with the emotional cargo attached to this topic, while studying together and developing a broader view of Jewish/Arab relations in Israel within the context of the complexity of the general society. The tools to deal with charged situations in the classroom are acquired while experiencing them in ongoing conceptualization of the process. The training will provide an understanding of both the emotional complexity of these contexts and the complexity of the bi-national encounter of schools


The second training will continue the individual and group process while experiencing joint and equal development of Encounter programs. Through peer facilitation of parts of the developed programs the participant will develop facilitation skills and better understanding of the process. It is intended for those who have undergone the first training or another parallel experience, and are interested in developing and facilitating bi-national school programs dealing with these subjects.



• As a joint training for two schools, Arab and Jewish, which in any case run joint programs and seek to enrich the engaged team.


• As a joint program for two schools, Jewish and Arab, that plan to run future meeting programs.


• As a uni-national plan for Arab and Jewish schools, as an initial preparation for joint activities in the future.


The full program (syllabus) is included with a suggested distribution of hours to 3 preparatory and processing sessions and two weekends. Another option for distributing hours is 10 sessions of 3 hours each, some of which are uni-national and some bi-national. Exact dates for the training and distribution of days and hours will be coordinated with the schools.

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Our Objectives

  • Raising awareness of the complexity of the subject of shared life, what enables and what impedes it, all in the context of the various population groups in Israel.

  • Emotional coping with a variety of issues in the context of shared life, developing a broad vision and a deeper understanding of these issues.

  • Critical examination of common perceptions, their origin and their impact on the possibility of shared life.

  • Strengthening the ability to contain and respond constructively to charged situations in the classroom.

  • Providing pedagogical tools to deal with misconceptions and prejudices, and their expressions such as racism, violence and exclusion.

The Topics

  • The components of Israeli society and the dynamics between them

  • Sources of information and how perceptions are developed

  • Emotions and needs – and their role in creating social cohesion both in general and in the classroom in particular.

  • Similar values, different values

  • How to speak about silenced subjects

  • From competitiveness to sharing

  • The teacher as a model

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