The Jerusalem Foundation: Promoting Tolerance, Fighting Racism in Education and the Community
The Jerusalem Foundation:
Promoting Tolerance, Fighting Racism in Education and the Community
Need: The tense atmosphere that pervades the public sphere in Jerusalem affects everyone, especially the 250,000 youth in the Jerusalem education system. Teachers and educators from all population sectors have increasingly requested assistance in dealing with incidents of students’ racist and violent behavior. This is often a reflection of the public sphere, which is peppered verbal and physical attacks, from all sides, toward all sides.
Response:The Jerusalem Foundation’s comprehensive program to fight racism, both in education and community frameworks, takes advantage of the knowledge and expertise gained by a large number of organizations, each with its own specialization. Programs include one-time events, conferences and in-service days as well as extended, multi-session programs.
Population Served: The program targets all of Jerusalem’s diverse populations – Arab, secular, religious and ultra-Orthodox - and is specially adapted to each. It will target mainly educators, hundreds, and potentially reach thousands of children and youth.
Impact: In the education system, 70% of teachers who have undergone training report that they feel they have the tools to cope with incidents of racism in the classroom. In the community, dozens of core activists are advancing grassroots initiatives that engage hundreds of people, and are seen by tens of thousands each week on the Internet and social media.
Partners: The Jerusalem Education Authority, the Jerusalem Intercultural Center
Funding Needs:NIS 200,000 per program