Givat Haviva

Location

Wadi Ara (region), Israel & various international offices

Staff Size

20

Regular Programming

Some examples of Givat Haviva’s regular programming include “Shared Communities” programs, which entail partnering civic leaders and regular citizens from neighboring Jewish and Arab villages to address common needs and interests, Hebrew Language Enrichment (HLE), which sends Jewish educators into Arab middle schools to teach Hebrew. Givat Haviva also hosts Bara'em Hi-Tech, which provides computer science courses to promising Arab high school students in order to help raise their numbers in the thriving Israeli hi-tech scene and Through Others’ Eyes, which for more than 20 years has helped Jewish and Arab teens use photography as a tool for exploring one another’s worlds.

Goals

The Center for a Shared Society at Givat Haviva aims to build an inclusive, socially cohesive shared society in Israel by engaging divided communities in collective action towards the advancement of a sustainable, thriving Israeli democracy based on mutual responsibility, civic equality, and a shared vision of the future.

Major Accomplishments

Givat Haviva is the recipient of global recognition and numerous awards including the UNESCO Prize for Peace Education, the FES Human Rights Award, the Dr. Chaim Constantiner Prize in Jewish Education, and the Austrian government's Intercultural Achievement Award. In 2018, the UN's Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) awarded Givat Haviva Special Consultative Status in recognition of its outstanding achievements as a world leader in advancing dialogue and reconciliation.

Theory of Social Change

Givat Haviva has employed a number of theories of social change and conflict resolution over the years, and we have learned which have worked better than others. Some of these include the narrative-debate and superordinate theories. We often tailor our approach based on the age of the participants and nature of the specific program.

Ways to Help

Volunteers can potentially write blogs, op-eds, and use graphic design skills to create social media content as well as fundraise and edit grants.

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