Parents Circle Families Forum is a unique, grassroots organisation made up of more than 600 Israeli & Palestinian families who have all lost an immediate family member in the conflict. Members believe that if they, who have paid the highest price in the conflict, can work together, then surely others can too. The focus of the work is on getting both sides to sit together so that an emotional breakthrough can be made. Often these meetings are the first opportunity that Israelis & Palestinians have had to see each other as ordinary human beings who share the same hopes, the same dreams and the same pain.
Their long-term vision is to create a framework for a reconciliation process to be an integral part of any future peace agreement.
So have I ever come across antisemitism in my work as a teacher? This short blog post looks at two contrasting examples.
My first school (in my NQT Newly Qualified Teacher year) was an easy school in Orpington. For those who have never ventured to that town where the M25 intersects the A21 in Kent, where Mrs Thatcher failed to win the Tory nomination, and where the Daily Mail outsells all other papers put together, it is a nice place to teach. What some pupils may lack in ability, they make up for in effort. It is an area full of aspirational parents with a solid approach to homework and discipline, so the teachers’ jobs are generally pretty easy. Continue reading →
Do you ever feel that you have to be the educator on the issue of the Arab-Israeli Conflict but feel reluctant to do so, either because you feel you do not have adequate in-depth knowledge, or because you do not want to offend those who may have already have definite views? We at MEEDU try to address this problem by giving information on the views and attitudes of both sides. Most schools try to get a balanced view by inviting, separately, speakers from both sides, speakers who give their own conflicting views of historical and current events. Our approach is totally different and is unique.