“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.
The First Student Peer-Leader Activism Seminar will take place on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 9:30-15:30, Ramat Efal. The seminar’s goal is to provide the students with practical tools to initiate school or community activities to protect Freedom of Expression and prevent incitement and racial incitement in the public sphere.
This project is funded by the European Union
Betzavta, a unique method of education for democracy, was developed by Dr. Uki Maroshek-Klarman, the Academic Director of Adam Institute. Its basic manual, first published in Hebrew in 1988 (and later also in English, Arabic, German, Polish and other languages), has been taught and implemented by Adam staff for over 25 years, and is currently being taught and implemented by many organizations across Europe and the rest of the world. Throughout the years, Dr. Maroshek-Klarman, in collaboration with Adam staff, has expanded the basic concepts in several directions and adapted the methodology to current times. These expansions include educational programs such as There Is No Single Democracy (recently available in German), ABC in Democracy (for younger ages, also available in German), Civic Calendar, and more, as well as exploration of additional themes such as multiculturalism, feminism, sustainability, civic society, democratization of the education system, and democracy in the age of internet and globalization. Learn more.
For information about basic Betzavta training course, Click here.