The Ahmad Hijazi Peace College
It has been a longstanding dream of Neve Shalom – Wahat al-Salam and the School for Peace to establish an academic degree program for peace and conflict studies. This is becoming a reality: we are working with the University of Massachusetts, Boston to develop an accredited Master’s degree program in Conflict Resolution. Set to begin in the fall of 2015, this will be a two-year program that builds on the experience and expertise acquired by individuals and the educational institutions of NSWAS. The Peace College will also provide training for educators; training for professionals from overseas; and create a center for conflict resolution.
The Peace College will be named after Ahmad Hijazi, who worked for many years at the School for Peace and served as its director between 2008 and 2012. A gifted educator and facilitator, Ahmad will be remembered as a man of peace and a dynamic leader in peace work.
Loved and respected in Israel and Palestine for his broad and endlessly optimistic vision, Ahmad possessed a sharp and critical mind, sensitivity, original thinking and deep humanity. In the summer of 2012, Ahmad was killed together with his son while on holiday in Africa: a tragic loss to his family, his friends, the School for Peace, Neve Shalom – Wahat al-Salam and the peace movement as a whole.