Shared Society in the Negev
While Arabs and Jews live side by side in the Negev, most live in different communities and learn in two distinct education systems. Our project, Shared Society in the Negev works to remove the barriers that exist between high school students in the Jewish and Arab communities of our region. Through our project, we create strong connections between these teens who would otherwise not have an opportunity to meet, enabling program participants to strengthen their sense of responsibility for their shared space.
This program brings together Jewish and Arab high school students over the course of three years from 10th through 12th grades. Students get to know each other in-depth and learn about the differences and similarities between them. They are exposed to the issues that concern each community separately and the Negev as a whole. Pupils choose a common regional issue and plan appropriate activities together such as accident prevention, education, tolerance, working with pupils with special needs and more.
Our program operates in 14 high schools throughout the Negev with more than 200 students participating. The program is recognized by the Ministry of Education which awards participants a social matriculation certificate. The groups are led by teachers who were especially trained by the Ministry of Education and AJEEC-NISPED as an integral part of the program.
Shared Society in the Negev is generously supported by the US Embassy in Tel Aviv.