PROJECTS

Teen Civic Leadership Training, Israel

ICCE brings together Jewish and Arab youth living in nearby cities in southern Israel. Teenagers from Rahat, a Bedouin community, and from Ashkelon, a Jewish community meet regularly to learn leadership skills and to develop joint projects. The program emphasizes social responsibility and cross-cultural understanding. Together the young leaders identify and develop projects aimed at enhancing their respective communities and increasing cooperation across ethnic groups. The teens are currently focusing on environmental issues of concern to all. This project is undertaken in partnership with the Israeli Ministry of Education.

Teacher Training Course in Active Learning, Gaza

ICCE is training Palestinian educators in Gaza to create classrooms which support excellence in education as well as social responsibility, non-violence, respect for diversity, and critical thinking. Funded by USAID, this training course instructs both new university graduates and experienced United Nations (UNRWA) teachers in contemporary educational methods based upon an active learning model. The educators apply their new skills in educational settings across Gaza.

Curriculum Development and Educators Manual, Gaza

The ICCE Educators' Manual was developed jointly by ICCE staff and local trainers in Gaza. The objective of the manual is to shift instructional emphasis from rote learning to problem solving and active learning. The manual consists of a collection of culturally appropriate classroom activities for Gazan middle and high school students. Applicable in various content areas, these activities are practical ways for educators to infuse independent thinking, respect for differences, and non-violent conflict resolution practices into their classrooms. The manual is available in Arabic and in English.

After-School Children's Program, Gaza

To enrich education for youth in Gaza, ICCE created and administered an after school program for eighty 10-12 year olds in Gaza City. With the goal of increasing active learning, non-violent behaviors, and critical thinking skills the year long program concentrated on the use of literature and story telling as a way to increase student participation and independent thinking. By providing small classes and intense interactions with encouraging adults the youth demonstrated increased interest in learning and positive social behaviors. The program culminated in a neighborhood clean-up campaign underscoring the impact of training for social responsibility and cooperative models of behavior on Gazan youth.

Religious Pluralism in America

ICCE, in partnership with the Dialogue Institute of Temple University have been selected by the US Dept. of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs to create and administer leadership courses for international youth. The focus of each five week course is American democracy and the role of freedom of religion within American society. University students from the Middle East and Southeast Asia are offered direct experiences with diverse religious groups and are taught communication and leadership skills needed to promote dialogue and cooperation among diverse communities.