Face to Faith Schools Visit: Palestine and Jordan
31 Mar 2016
In March our Chief Executive, Angela Salt, and our Head of Education, Ian Jamison, visited some of the schools taking part in our pioneering global education programme, Face to Faith, in Palestine and Jordan.
On their visit, Angela and Ian saw how the programme is helping students to gain skills in understanding and discussing difference and diversity, in a safe space. The energy and positivity of the students in every classroom was striking – some said that they felt participating in our facilitated videoconferences had been life changing. The chance to talk face-to-face with students from other countries, backgrounds, and religions had shifted their perspectives, and altered their attitudes to difference.
"Interacting with people across the globe made me realise how different we are, yet we share a lot in common" – Student
Our team was lucky enough to visit Samiha Khalil Secondary School in Palestine, home to the recent winner of the Global Teacher Prize, Hanan al-Hroub. The school has been part of Face to Faith since 2011, and it was inspiring to see how engaged the students were in learning about their peers living in other contexts. Teachers have also used our Essentials of Dialogue resource, which provides guidance on fostering skills in dialogue and discussion, and is free to use.
During the visit, the schools helped us to create a short video of their thoughts, which we'd love to share with you.