“Words Matter” is a two-year (2015-2017) comprehensive educational action aimed at preventing hate speech and incitement, and promoting Freedom of Expression. It is a joint project of The Adam Institute and ACRI (The Association for Civil Rights in Israel). The action is structured to target diverse sectors of Israeli society, Jewish and Arab, alike. Operating top-down it engages policy makers in the political and educational arenas. Operating bottom-up, it trains and empowers educators and student peer-leaders, and provides educational programs for middle and high school students.
The Adam and the ACRI began implementing the program in high schools. The Annual Opening Conference was held on 22 December 2015 at the University of Haifa and dealt with: the freedom of expression to incite racial education system.
This project is funded by the European Union
In the Path of Dialogue: Networking Schools Against Racism
The issues of racism, discrimination and human rights are constantly a matter of public debate and concern in Israel, with opinions radicalizing in recent years in light of the violent rounds of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the increase in hate crimes and xenophobia towards immigrants from Africa.
Within the context the Adam Institute program, “In The Path of Dialogue – Networking Schools Against Racism” is timely and especially relevant. The program aims to create a cadre of educators, high school students and consequently families, who will learn about and implement actions to combat racism and to promote equal human rights in Israel.
In the last two years (2012-2014), the program was successfully implemented in 52 Jewish (secular and religious) and Arab schools. This program was able to establish a network of High schools which are actively committed against racism, both on intra- and inter-school levels. The program was integrated into various grades and was introduced to 10,500 students and teachers. Schools jointly developed and implemented 27 educational projects against racism, many of them including encounters between Jewish and Arab teachers and students. The projects, which focused on promoting tolerance, co-existence, getting to know the Other, etc., were all focused on alleviating this situation. Of special note are the issues related to the Bedouin minority in Israel, which have to the fore during the two years of the project through the publication of the Prawer Plan (the Bill on the Arrangement of Bedouin Settlement in the Negev) and the Bedouins’ objections to it. Many Bedouin schools took part in the program, and this presented an opportunity to raise the awareness of the Jewish sector to their situation. (A selection of them were uploaded: https://www.facebook.com/adaminst)
The program was held in cooperation with the Ministry of Education and Pedagogical Secretariat – Supervision of Teaching Staff Citizenship and Civic Education.
This project has been funded by the European Union (2012-2014). The school projects were supported by The Rayne Trust and The Jerusalem Foundation
UMA – Reenactment of Historical Decisions and Events Related to the State of Israel
a program that involves students researching and reenacting historical decisions made by the U.N. as well as other fundamental events that had crucial implications for the State of Israel. The program enables students to get to know their country’s history in a new way, and from multiple varied perspectives, promoting a better understanding of past problems and issues.