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Young Journalists from Bethlehem, Jaffa and Tel Aviv Area (2007). Becoming journalists youth learn about freedom of speech, the freedom to know and other human rights, as well as the role media play in society. But the real change happens when they use their journalism skills to study the past. A variety of tools, some developed in- and by Windows through the years, enable the youth to deal constructively with the emotions that emerge in this process.

Young Journalists from Bethlehem, Jaffa and Tel Aviv Area (2007). Becoming journalists youth learn about freedom of speech, the freedom to know and other human rights, as well as the role media play in society. But the real change happens when they use their journalism skills to study the past. A variety of tools, some developed in- and by Windows through the years, enable the youth to deal constructively with the emotions that emerge in this process.

A tour to unrecognized villages in the Negev. To see with one's own eyes what the mainstream media often do not show (2013)..

A tour to unrecognized villages in the Negev. To see with one's own eyes what the mainstream media often do not show (2013)..

While the main investment has been in the participants of the Youth Media Program - the young journalists - the outcome of their joint efforts, a magazine reflecting the complexities of reality, reached a readership in the tens-of-thousands, many through school workshops (2005).

While the main investment has been in the participants of the Youth Media Program - the young journalists - the outcome of their joint efforts, a magazine reflecting the complexities of reality, reached a readership in the tens-of-thousands, many through school workshops (2005).

Encourage YOUTH and adults to ask questions and take actions

Windows offers a variety of Peace Education and   Social   Change   Programs targeting different audiences and intending to impact both our local and the international community. We try to strike the balance between a wide outreach and high-quality, long term programs that ensure
sustainable  cognitive  changes. 

Our main project is the Youth Media and Action Program, a community-based, two-year initiative that combines educational elements and facilitated meetings with ‘the other side’. It empowers youth to work, together and separately, for a better future for all. In this program, the participants work together on writing and editing the Windows Hebrew-Arabic Magazine, reaching a readership of thousands. The production of the magazines serves as a tool in the cognitive and emotional process the Young Journalists go through. The process and its results are reflected in the magazine, sharing them with the readers.                         

In recent years the magazine was distributed mostly through Windows' School Workshops, a   series  of  workshops  held   in   schools   by Windows'  facilitators. Both the printed magazine and  the  school  workshops  are currently undergoing  change, following  the increasing difficulties of reaching out  to both Palestinian and Israeli public  with  voices across the lines.

Besides the  Youth Program  that  takes  place on  both  sides  of  the  Green  Line,  Windows reaches  out  to its communities on either sides according to their different needs. In the West Bank  the   focus   is   on empowerment   of women   and   youth as well   as   economic support  -  sale of embroidery,  olive  oil and soap   and humanitarian  aid  when  needed.            

In Israel,  the focus is on  offering the public in Tel  Aviv-Jaffa  area,  an   alternative    to  the Israeli  mainstream  media,  that  in  our  view, often   ignores   or   present   unfairly  various

aspects   of   the  situation,  and   thus   has a negative impact  on the dynamic between the sides.  The  Public  Program, in Hebrew  or English,  run by local or international volunteers, includes film screenings, debates, lectures and tours for locals or internationals, encouraging a constructive, well-informed public   debate,  and   the  development  of  a wide perspective of the situation. It also offers Arabic language courses for both adults and children,   as  well   as   to   English   speakers.

In recent years, Windows has shifted its  focus: After   20   years   in   the   field    with   direct experience   and   well-developed  theories of change and methodologies,  we believe that other educators, whether in the official school system, individuals or other NGOs, can benefit   from   our  accumulated knowledge.  We   have begun   the   process  of   updating and  editing  our material  in  order  to offer it  both   in  Training   the   Trainers  Program and on our website.