Supporting education settings with discussion around Israel and Palestine
7 June 2021
In light of recent growing conflict in the Middle East, we are aware that young people may wish to discuss events and issues linked to news around Israel and Palestine. As such, please see the below list of resources, which may be helpful in supporting the facilitation of conversations linked to this topic.
This list is a suggested list from resources external to Waltham Forest. Some materials include guidance notes for staff to help with delivery of sessions. As with discussions on any sensitive or complex topic, it is important to establish that these conversations are developed in a safe and non-judgmental space so as to ensure that young people are able to engage in balanced and meaningful reflection and debate. You may wish to incorporate your own ground rules for classroom sessions- for example, if you already have a list of these in place which students are accustomed to referring to during other complex discussions.
Solutions Not Sides
Solutions Not Sides focus on the stories of civilians on both sides of the conflict. In light of the current levels of conflict in the region, SNS have created an up-to-date briefing document for teachers and a Powerpoint presentation to help facilitate discussion with young people around current news stories. Both can be found via the links below:
SNS also offer a broader online resource pack includes comprehensive guidance for teachers, a guide to recognising and managing students’ emotional responses to the conflict and an activity pack. All of these materials can be found here- https://solutionsnotsides.co.uk/learning-resources.
SNS offer workshops to secondary schools on a first-come-first-serve basis. Please contact directly for further information.
A series of interactive lessons with a focus on the timeline of the Israel/Palestine conflict, suited to Year 9 and above. The link also includes resources which can be used for online, remote working.
Educational Institute of Scotland
Resources aimed at pupils from Year 7-9 (with the ability to adapt for Year 6 classes). These include student resources for interactive discussions and teacher guidance notes. Sessions are focused around research questions and include topics such as Rights, Conflict and Identity.
Other resources to consider
- Peace Foundation- various resources to build debate/discussion skills and critical thinking- https://www.peace-foundation.org.uk/our-work/
- NSPCC- Having difficult conversations with children- https://learning.nspcc.org.uk/safeguarding-child-protection/how-to-have-difficult-conversations-with-children
- LBWF Holding Difficult Conversations Training- please contact email@example.com