Teachers in Action: press release 10th October 2016
Fourteen teachers from the UK are preparing now for an exciting journey to Palestine over the October half term. As part of an Erasmus + programme (EU funding), they will meet with Palestinian teachers, learn about schools and schooling in Palestine and work to strengthen links between young people and schools on both sides.
One of CADFA’s most exciting projects to date, building on school and youth links created since 2006, Teachers in Action 2016 began with a visit of 14 Palestinian teachers to the UK in January this year where they joined training workshops with UK teachers, visited their linked schools in England and Wales and presented their work at a conference on school twinning with Palestine held at the NUT headquarters in Euston.
The October visit to Palestine will be the mirror image of the January exchange and will include a residential, school visits and a final conference, but the context of the two countries is very different. UK teachers will learn about the pressures on schools and on children living under Israeli military occupation, while they concentrate on planning positive projects that help young people to learn about the young people in the other country and encourage hope.
The teachers will be exploring ways to help young people explore difficult issues in a safe and inclusive way. At this dangerous time in the world, in a context of increasing racism and suspicion it is more than ever important that young people learn to respect people unlike themselves and build bridges of communication that will encourage them to oppose discrimination and work creatively to defend human rights.
Promoting such links is central to the work of the human rights charity CADFA which has been organising creative projects shared by young people, women and men in Britain and Palestine for over twelve years.
The Teachers in Action project blog (begun in the January visit) is at teachersinaction2016.blogspot.co.uk.