As a result of a truly innovative project at Jeel, parents are getting involved in school policy, and children are arbitrating on disputes both between students and between students and teachers. It is all very progressive and exciting - particularly set against the cultural background in Palestine.
The project began with the children completing a confidential questionnaire evaluating their school in terms of children's rights and violence. Results were analysed and this gave the staff an insight into the gaps that exist at Jeel which in turn helped them to draw up a set of school guide-lines for the coming year.
Children's rights will now be taught as part of the curriculum. In addition Jeel has conducted a series of intensive sessions with the parents. Another new initiative is a group of children who will intervene and try to find solutions in disputes among their peers. This specially chosen group have been trained in conflict resolution and negotiating, and it will now be up to them to try to come up with their own solutions.
All of this is new and experimental, but projects like these are definitely propelling standards at Jeel to a whole new level. Very exciting ! To read more click here