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For a World Without Violence
Through shared educational experiences, constructive dialogue and living together, Israeli, Palestinian and American youths will be provided with a setting and a forum by which they will be helped to understand one anotherís point of view, treat each other as equals, discuss and debate contemporary challenges facing them, and examine ways to affect conflict resolution peacefully. The participants will then return to their respective communities and share their experiences with their peers and families. It is our hope that the participants will learn to value life and deal with each other with respect, understanding and caring.
THE PROGRAMThis is a six-week summer program based in the Honors College and the Department of Mathematics at the University of South Florida. Twenty Israeli, twenty Palestinian, and twenty American eleventh grade gifted students with leadership qualities will be selected to study, play and live together. Two high school teachers from each group will be selected. The Peres Center for Peace in Israel and its counterpart in Palestinian territories will aid in the student selection process. Intensive group oriented instruction in mathematics, environmental science, computers, anger management and conflict resolution will be given.
The course schedule of the program will run from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Evenings and weekends will be time for study and recreational activities.
Upon completion of the summer program the students and staff will communicate vie e-mail and the Internet. Additional projects will be assigned and progress reports will be studied. An interactive website will be available.
PARTICIPATING ORGANIZATIONSThe Peres Center for Peace, Israel
Hillsborough County School District
Pasco County School District
Florida Holocaust Museum