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ERIC Number: EJ783937
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0734-6670
Educating the Future Leaders of the Middle East
Maddy-Weitzman, Edie
Journal of College Admission, n193 p10-17 Fall 2006
In this article, the author, a volunteer college counselor for Palestinian and Israeli members of "Seeds of Peace"--students who want to study in the U.S., describes her experience working with these youths as they embark upon their voyage to acquire a U.S. university education. Founded in 1993 by the late John Wallach, Seeds of Peace is a peace education program for young people from conflict regions. Teenagers from regions of conflict attend a three-week summer camp in Maine and have opportunities for follow-up participation at home. Participants are nominated by their schools, must be able to converse in English, and undergo a rigorous selection process held by their governments. While the media continually broadcast scenes of violence and despair from the Middle East, the author has been privy to another story--one in which Israeli and Palestinian youth constructively interact with one another. Today, over 120 Seeds of Peace alumni are enrolled in 50 U.S. universities. With support from the counseling community and admission counterparts, future Israeli and Palestinian leaders may emerge from this group of hopeful, bright students, and find a way to make peace between their peoples.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Israel; Maine; Palestine; United States