The Neve-Shalom/Wahat-Al-Salam School: An Island of Coexistence in a Sea of Conflict

Ruth Gavison

These two papers (one in English and one in Hebrew) describe the unique educational experience of the Neve Shalom school, which is a fully integrated Jewish-Arab school within a system where Jews and Arabs regularly study in separate schools and languages. They are similar but have different emphases since the audiences are expected to be different in terms of background knowledge and familiarity with facts and situations. The paper studies the way the school handles issues of culture, language, religion and national identity. It then analyzes the school and makes suggestions concerning both the improvement of the effectiveness of the school itself and what can be learned from its experience to the educational system in Israel as a whole.

February, 2005
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