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ERIC Number: EJ791744
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1533-8916
Feeling Close from a Distance: Peace Encounters via Internet Technology
Yablon, Yaacov B.
New Directions for Youth Development, n116 p99-107 Win 2007
In regions of intractable conflicts, daily circumstances and overall reality allow very narrow opportunities to bring members of conflict groups together in order to modify their social relationships. Internet-based communications were the backbone of a three-month program designed to address the Jewish-Arab conflict between Israeli Jewish youth and Arab youth to enable students to discuss issues such as equality, democracy, tolerance, and peace. This afterschool program, known as "Feeling Close from a Distance" is based mainly on Internet interaction between the groups, but also includes face-to-face meetings at both the start and the end of the program and guided group discussions for each side separately. This program was designed for tenth-grade Israeli Jewish and Arab students from four schools (two Jewish and two Arab) and took place after the end of school day three times a week for three months. The virtual world of the Internet provides the base for a meaningful interaction while affording a sufficient feeling of safety for personal disclosure and intergroup contact. Using school facilities, and especially computers and Internet infrastructure, enabled all students to participate. As an afterschool program, such intergroup interaction received much attention and support, and students who were not part of it showed interest and were curious about it. Such community support in peace encounters plays an important role in the success of any peace program and enhances the discussion of peace among all students in the school. (Contains 14 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 10; High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Israel