Deeper understanding

MEET - January 2017

Our mission is to educate and empower tomorrow’s most promising Palestinian and Israeli leaders to take action towards creating positive social and political impact in the Middle East.
—MEET mission statement

Spending the day with Lorenzo gave us an opportunity to learn more about the history of MEET, as well as how the program has evolved since its conception in 2004. I thought I’d share a brief story from yesterday that resonated with me.

A relatively newer component of the MEET program is the Deeper Understanding curricula. The goal of this additional component is to help foster—you guessed it—a deeper understanding between the Israeli and Palestinian students. Lorenzo told us about one particular emotion-filled Deeper Understanding class, during which the students were asked to bring in an object that meant a lot to their family and culture. One Palestinian student brought the keys to his grandmother’s home before they were…

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