Friendship Village acts to promote education for democracy and peace
Sana Rohana, Co-Executive
A Social Worker and facilitator of multi-cultural and conflict dialogue and in profession. Lives in Nazareth.
A facilitator for dialogue groups. Holds a BA in psychology from Birzeit University and an MA in Criminology from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
A facilitator for conflict and dialogue groups. MA in Sociology, Anthropology and Literature and B.A in Conflict Resolution and Mediation.
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We believe that a determinate action is needed in Israel-Palestine to empower women-educators to be politically aware and to lead for social change and democracy.
We create cooperation with educational institutions to form academic courses and summer training for Jewish and Arab women-students in the education colleges, and for women-teachers.
In these courses and training, Arab and Jewish Israeli women-educators get to meet and connect. They learn together about the Jewish-Arab conflict and about the narrative of "The Other", about democracy, civil society and conflict resolution. The process they undergo opens their eyes to see the other group's needs and validity and to empathize with them, and creates an aspiration for resolving the conflict in a positive way.
As women and as educators they are empowered to recognize their own power and responsibility, as main change agents in society. Their daily work at the schools is immediately influenced, as their knowledge, their confidence and their abilities to speak and act grow.
We are convinced that such courses should be a part of all curriculum in all academic institutions, and we strive to mobilize them, by creating courses for increasing education for democracy, human rights, civil society and peace.
Revital Yonai, Co-Executive
a Psycho-Somatic Therapist and facilitator of multi-cultural and conflict dialogue in profession. Lives in Clil, a village in the Galilee.
A group facilitator for conflicting groups. A PhD candidate for Social Psychology at the Friedrich-Schiller University in Jena.
Group Facilitation for Jewish-Arab Dialogue Groups. PhD student, sociology, Haifa University.
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