From March 3. until March 8. the Hanns Seidel Foundation hosted the second round of the Bavarian – Israeli teacher's exchange in Israel, in cooperation with the University of Haifa. Based on the findings of the joint German-Israeli Textbook Commission, German and Israeli high school teachers of History and Civic Studies came together to write lesson plans on jointly chosen topics that are lacking from the school curricula about the other country. A further objective of the project is to enable the visiting teachers to gain professional and personal encounters with the other country through additional meetings and tours of Israel and Bavaria.
As part of the framework program in Israel, the Bavarian teachers had the opportunity to visit the "Koptan Halabi" school in the Druze town of Daliyat El Karmel. There the group learned from students about the Druze religion and culture and heard from the principle, Mrs. Iman Halifa, how she managed to change the school from being on the verge of shutting down to being one of the leading schools in Israel.
In Jerusalem, the teachers visited the world Holocaust remembrance center Yad Vashem, as well as the Supreme Court of Israel where they, as teachers of civic studies, learned about the judicial system in Israel. The program concluded with a visit to the Leo Baeck Institute where the teachers discussed how to use documents of German Jewry from the Leo Baeck archives that are related to migration, refuge and aliyah in schools in Germany today.
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