Sadaka Reut’s training course for facilitators finished at the end of May. Fifteen participants finished the course, which took place over four months, and received the knowledge and tools to implement Sadaka Reut’s political and educational approach. שome of them will continue in the organization as facilitators in the coming year, others will apply their skills and knowledge in other educational frameworks such as schools, youth movements, etc.
The uniqueness of the course comes from its combination of educational methods inspired by critical pedagogy and pedagogy of freedom, together with the viewing the facilitator as an activist that brings her world view and her political stances into the process of working with the group. So in addition to knowledge on how to direct the group, group formation, moderating a discussion and planning the workshops, the participants were trained on tools for guiding the activism of youth and promoting intervention in the context of our current reality, as well as taking a position within the group.
In the experience of one of the participants, “In one of the meetings, the facilitator asked to teach games, her goal was to open up a discussion about the relationship between minorities and majorities in society in the question of rights and responsibilities. As part of the game, the minority group had to give up their chairs. The facilitator explained to the group that this was a simulation and it was one of the games that she used with youth, and that every time she had run the activity, everyone cooperated and gave up their chairs. In the activity I saw an amazing moment in which the group became active and developed political awareness. In my opinion rebellion and resistance, transitions political learning to political action and activism, which is often in the form of resistance to the establishment.”
A summary of one of the participants, “In the course I acquired the tools for understanding youth and for working with them. I acquired skills that help me to understanding the power relations in society and how to deal with them. I learned in great depth about societal background of participants from marginalized communities and the professional tools for facilitating groups.
The staff facilitators and coordinators of the projects wish the alumni of the course luck and thank them for their participation and for the opportunity, that allowed us once again to relearn and think about the educational and political world view of Sadaka Reut.
The second Gemini seminar was held on May 2nd-4th in Nazareth. 42 participants from the Gemini groups in Tel Aviv, Beit Berl, Netanya, Haifa and Jerusalem joined the project’s interns, facilitators and staff members. The seminar, themed around activism and joint struggles, included work in home groups to continue the group process, a political panel with social activists and hands-on workshops in which the participants gained practical tools for social activism in their campuses.
During the seminar discussions were held revolving joint social activism, joint struggles, partnership and shared space. The seminar provided a place and a space for initiating and developing practical social-activism ideas by way of experiencing the use of different tools.
“We must fight this crime. We should fight against the policy of expelling residents of Jaffa and Southern neighborhoods from their homes.If you do not participate the struggle for “the right of housing for residents of Jaffa ” and stop the gentrification , we will be a partners in this crime.
Join the struggle
This cry that went out by “for change” group in the last week when they launched the video of housing awareness campaignRecently we witness for many change features of Ajami neighborhood in jaffa .Since the advent of new residents who are changing the natives through the expropriation of lands without any alternative solution for the old residents.
Before 1948 jaffa contained between 100000 to 120000 people , in 1949 the numbers turned to be between 3000 to 4000 people. Today jaffa contains 20000 palestinian residents from within 55000 general residents. Samira judge, 42 years, in 1999she married Sami and moved to live in the house of his mother in the Ajami neighborhood. After Samira’s mother in low died Sami and Samira continued live in the house that follows the housing company Hallamish , but today the state does not recognize them as a legal residents in their own house and therefore the battle to keep their home is still continuing.
The Facilitators’ Training Course has begun and is set to train Jewish and Palestinian facilitators to work with youth according to the pedagogical framework that has been developed in Sadaka Reut for the past 30 years. This program seeks to develop a generation of professional facilitators who use political education as a tool for creating social change.
Sadaka Reut’s pedagogy takes a unique approach to group dynamics, reality analysis and activism within that same reality. This process creates changes in perspectives and behavior among the youth and helps steer them to advocate for a bi-national civil, social and political partnership.
The course has 18 Palestinian and Jewish participants. Ella, a Jewish participant, said, “I’ve taken so much even from our first meeting, and as the course is moving along, I am implementing the things I learn in my work as an educator at a school”
Rula, a Palestinian participant, said, “I have been participating in this course for about half a year and now I truly understand the importance of my participation, I am learning a lot in every single one of our meetings and feel like I’m gaining a toolkit of skills that comes out through my job with youth”.