Bingley Grammar School

24.01.20

Solutions Not Sides

On Wednesday 22 January we welcomed the organisation Solutions not Sides into school to speak to some of our Year 10 RE students and Sixth Form RE/History students.

Solutions not Sides is a UK based educational programme for schools & colleges raising awareness of the Israel-Palestine conflict based on student interaction with Israeli & Palestinian peace activists.

The programme provides an amazing insight into the real lives and struggles of Palestinians and Israelis living with the conflict.

During the two 2 hour sessions, the students were introduced to Hazar (Palestinian) and Shachar (Israeli) who talked about their childhoods, their families, their home towns and how so many aspects of their lives have always been overshadowed or controlled by the conflict. Both speakers had experienced missile attacks as part of the ongoing conflict but had also managed to have happy childhood’s and family lives.

Hazar and Shachar shared their very different experiences and ‘different truths’ but believe their path of non-violence empowers and can bring about change which would benefit both sides.

Hazar said,

“To overcome conflict we need a better understanding of each other and the narratives that have shaped the way each side sees the world.”

The interests of each side was discussed and our students were then asked to attempt to decide on a solution which would work equally in both sides favour. Our students really engaged with the process and some found their preconceptions and stereotypes challenged by this humanised version of the conflict.

Our students asked both speakers questions about their beliefs, Israel’s mandatory military service, and their decision to tackle the problem in a different way to their families and friends.

Click here to learn more about Solutions Not Sides >>

Thank you to Solutions Not Sides for your visit and for sharing this valuable lesson with our students.

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