The project “Theory and Practice” consisted of chosen European experts visiting the Eastern Mediterranean International School (EMIS), giving workshops for students and reflecting on their practice of international understanding. The project provided the participating experts with an insight into the daily peace work at a school with 20% Israeli students (both Jews and Arabs), 20% Palestinian students (from the Occupied Territories) and 60% international students from the rest of the world. Furthermore, the experts had the opportunity to connect with fellow international professionals and strengthen their European and international network.
The project provided the EMIS School and students with outside views by academic professionals in the field of conflict research and peace education, conflict resolution and mediation as well as media and journalism. The workshops gave students theoretical and practical knowledge on peaceful conflict resolution as well as on the power of narrations in conflict settings. Furthermore, this project brought students from Israel, Palestine and the world together to meet, exchange ideas, discuss questions and learn together. It hence enabled a peace-building process on an inter-personal level.
Very important for the success of the project was also that the EMIS student organizing team was involved in the decision-making process and was given a lot of responsibility for the planning and structuring of the two events. This ensured that the result were workshops for students organized by students.
EUNIC members: Goethe-Institut Israel, Instituto Cervantes Tel Aviv, Austrian Cultural Forum Tel Aviv
Partners: EMIS - Eastern Mediterranean International School, Berghof Foundation, University of Vienna, Institute for Islamic-theological studies, EFE – Spanish News Agency, and other workshop facilitators