On March 17, the School for Peace conducted its final workshop in its change agents course for leaders in shared cities.
The workshop concluded the year long course in which the participants were exposed to various aspects of shared cities, conducted a Jewish-Palestinian dialogue and began a joint project for change.
The weekend workshop was full of activities. A tour took place in Neve Shalom, which included details of the history of the village and its institutions. Likewise, we heard two presentations, whose purpose was to expose the participants to two other shared cities.
Prof. Leslie Schwartz spoke about relations between blacks and whites in Cape Town after the fall of the Apartheid regime.
Dr. Michelinus Zamblias presented the dismal situation of Turkish students in Cypriot schools that have a majority of students with a Greek ethnic origin.
In order to promote activities on the ground, a unit was set up to develop two projects. The first project is the establishment of a local Jewish-Palestinian leadership group in Upper Nazareth. The second project is to write a declaration of intention for shared cities that will formulate a vision of Jewish Palestinian relations, as an educational tool.
Finally, we had uni-national and bi-national summary sessions and held a ceremony to present diplomas to the participants.
In the pictures: Group photos and tour of Wahat al-Salam – Neve Shalom