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.