Bridging the gaps and disagreements

The Students of the Tel Aviv Youth University, representing the young generation perspective, pointed out dilemmas and issues that they’ll present as a challenge to the decision-makers, locally and globally. The first phase was a journey of learning and researching various problems related to the current reality and the future of the Israeli society, through tours and lectures in a variety of subjects.

During their “journey of learning” they were inspired by a lecture discussing the idea of “The 4 Israeli tribes” – a phrase that was coined by the President of Israel to modify a four groups that Israel is disintegrating into: the ultra-Orthodox, the national religious, the Arab sector and the secular Jewish sector. Using their experience of living and working in the digital world, the students claim that social networks are catalysts for hate speech but can also be a promoter of social change.

In the second phase of the activity, the students received practical tools that enabled them to learn different ways to express their opinions, engage large audiences and reach decision makers like lectures about social activity, lobbying, media workshops and more.

With that knowledge on their mind, the young students wrote down a brief for their campaign: they explained the issue, its relevance to the future society, and the ways that they were willing to act.

 The students decided to outline a program for a blog which will describe their experiences in the project where Arabs and Jews, religious and secular, succeeded in bridging the gaps and disagreements – studying and living together.

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“Study of religions against prejudices & stereotypes”: Conferences on the SORAPS Project

In the school year 2018/2019, two meetings have been scheduled in order to introduce students and teachers to the SORAPS Project.

“Marco Foscarini” High School in Venice (Fondamenta Santa Caterina, Cannaregio 4942) hosts both the meetings open to all those who are willing to participate. The first meeting took place on 12 September and the second one will be implemented on 4 December.

The agenda remains unchanged for both the days in order to let those students and teachers who have an interest in it decide when participate.

The aim of these two sessions is not only to present the entire SORAPS Project and its first outcomes in order to involve other teachers both within and outside the School, but also to share the ideas, themes and arguments which lie at the heart of the project with those students who are not (yet) directly involved in it. It is also an occasion to raise interest in Multiplication Training Activities.

Massimo Raveri from Cà Foscari University and Vincenzo Pace from Padua University give their voices to the project, talking about how religions are a renewed presence in the current times, among new medias and violence.

Agenda

10.00 Welcome speech (Massimo Zane, Dirigente Convitto Marco Foscarini)

10.10 Presentation of the SORAPS Project (Giovanni Lapis, Università “Cà Foscari” di Venezia; Elena Nonveiller, liceo “Marco Foscarini”)

10.30 Religions: a renewed presence in the global space? (Vincenzo Pace, “Padua University”)

Debate

Coffee break

11.50 Religions and culture among history and new media (Massimo Raveri, “Cà Foscari” University of Venice)

Debate

The “4 Israeli tribes” – tolerance and the cleavages between the Israeli groups


The members of this team, from Tel Aviv Youth University – a project which enables periphery high-school students to have an academical semester in the university, were inspired by a lecture discussing the idea of “The 4 Israeli tribes” – a phrase that was coined by the President of Israel to modify a four groups that Israel is disintegrating into: the ultra-Orthodox, the national religious, the Arab sector and the secular Jewish sector. The young students, Arabs and Jews, religious and secular, who succeeded in bridging the gaps and disagreements – studying and living together – wanted to express the idea that there is another way.

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Radio interview on stress

Young people are taking over the roles of experts in the topic of stress and are asked in a radion intervies (mp3) how stress can be dealt wirh in eyeryday life. 
Objectives: 
Give information how to deal with stress in daily life.

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Results of the first assessment of common stereotypes in schools

Several analyses and assessments, involving 100 students and 30 teachers from the partner schools, have been carried out over the last few months in order to design the guidelines on stereotypes and preconceptions, which will prove crucial to develop and implement the training activities for teachers.

The questionnaires have shown the diversities between the point of view of the trainers and those of the students on the most common stereotypes and preconceptions, as well as on the hot topics in the interfaith and intercultural dialogue. According to the interviews with the teachers, the three main topics to be discussed are Islam, other particular issues such as religious sects and cults, and the Christianity in all its complexity. On the other hand, the analysis carried out on the students’ point of view showed that they would rather discuss religion as such, considering Islam a secondary issue.

For further information, please refer to the document Appendix 1_Summary and comments responses questionnaires”, which summarises the results of the analysis carried out.