Our Shared Language Program resumed in November, with spoken Hebrew taught in schools serving Palestinian citizens of Israel throughout the country. In these schools where children are taught in Arabic, Hebrew is studied as a second language. The added emphasis on spoken Hebrew is a critical component in preparing students for inclusion in a shared society – for higher education and for the workplace.
Another program, Yehiyeh B'Sder [literally: Everything will be Ok] evolved out of the original Shared Language Program, and we are also offering a program at Givat Haviva in teaching spoken Hebrew for elementary and middle schools. Gefen, a designated pool of funds from the Ministry of Education has been made available to schools to apply towards taking part in these programs.
The same dedicated educational team at Givat Haviva, in cooperation with the Ministry of Education has been recruiting pairs of teachers – Jewish and Arab – for a new Teacher-Exchange Program. After intensive training in December, the participating teachers will switch schools for 10 weeks. We look forward to teachers and students reporting on the enrichment of the experience as yet another means of demonstrating the advantages of shared society.