Teaching Co-Existence Through Civic Education - Theoretical Implications and Lessons Learned from Four Middle East Projects
8 Pages Posted: 7 Oct 2009 Last revised: 14 Feb 2014
Date Written: June 15, 2009
This presentation describes a series of conceptual and practical lessons learned from five inter-related education projects that promote co-existence through civic education in the Middle East. Since 2001, these projects have involved work with a series of cross-national groups of Palestinian, Israeli, Jordanian, and Lebanese educational and local civic leaders. The projects focus on middle and high schools in the various communities, each of which serve as social institutions through which to educate young adults to re-conceptualize “self” and “other” as engaged citizens in civil society and to support the possibility for constructive co-existence in the region. The presentation outlines the complex layers of reality-construction evident in the various participating communities and the systematic approach the project participants have taken to address these complexities while promoting the concept of co-existence.
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