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Peace from Harmony
Ghassan Abdullah. Palestinian educator for harmonious peace

Dr. GhassanAbdullah


Global
Harmony Association Board Member

 

 

o-director of Middle EAST Children Association

(Israeli-Palestinian joint Association )

Director and founder of CARE Center for Applied Research in Education

 

Dr. Ghassan Abdullah

P.O.Box 17421 Jerusalem

Tel. 02-2954021 Fax 02-2986127

E-mail : care@palnet.com

 

Resume

 

Education:

 

Phd in Education , New Port University , California , 1998

Phd in Educational Counseling , Cambridge  University, 2003

 July 1995: Higher Diploma in Education =Higher Diploma , University of Surrey, England

 March 1991 : Advanced Certificate in Education , University of London

August ,1978 B.A , English language , BirZeit University

 

Awards :-

 

1-December 2000, UNESCO Honorable mentioning prize

2- March 2003, The KONRAD ADENWAR FOUNDATION prize.

3- November 2003, The Hauge Appeal for Peace prize

4- March 2004, The search for Common ground Award, Washington

- 1993 Honorable Citizenship, State of Maryland,USA

5- 1993 Honorable Citizenship, State of Denver, U S A

6- 1992 Palestinian Teachers Union prize, Palestine

7- 1990 Palestinian Writers Union prize, Palestine

 

Experience :

 

- 1998 till now part time lecture of education at AL-QUDS Open university.

-1997 till now co-director of Middle EAST Children Association (Israeli-Palestinian joint Association)

- August 1989, Director and founder of CARE Center for Applied Research in Education. A Palestinian educational NGO that was established in the year 1989 for the sake of promoting HRE, Democracy teaching and CR management.

- 1981-1986 a part time researcher and translator at the Society of Arab Studies Jerusalem

- Co chair of the International Advisory Board of the Hague Appeal for Peace / New York , 2005 till now

- Co chair of ALLMEP / Washington DC , 2007

Accomplishment :

 

1.    Social and Organizational:

 One of the Four founders of the Palestinian Writers Union, 1985, Became Director of public relations at the writers union from 1985 1990.

 Spokesman of UNRWA Teachers Union, West bank, 1984-1991.

 One of the founders of the Palestinian Democratic Teachers Union.

 One of the founders of the Palestinian Democratic Cultural Action Committees .

 One of the founders of the International Decade for a Human Rights Education, head.

 One of the founders of the Middle East Children Association.( An Israeli-Palestinian joint educational Association )

 Member of the Palestinian NGO Committee since 1995.

 Member of several local and International educational, cultural  and voluntary NGOs .

 Editor of HEWAR-Dialog by Monthly educational  and cultural magazine from 1993 till now.

2- Member of the International Advisory Board , The Hague Appeal for Peace , New York , U S A

3- CO-Chairperson of the Steering Committee for the Hague Appeal for Peace , New York , U S A

4- Cochair : ALLMEP , Washington DC.USA  

 

Conferences and Seminars:

 

 Regular participant in the NGO meeting for the Rights of the Palestinian people (usually at Geneva or Vienna)

 Several Educational Conferences and Seminars (at Home or abroad) such as:

Education for Integration and change Dublin, 1993.

Buildings strategies and methodologies for Teaching Human Rights and Democracy Amsterdam, 1996

The International Annual conferences of the:: National Endowment for Democracy, USA 1993+ 1995

The International Seminar / of the 21 St .Century TRUST, 1997.   

All educational seminars, round tables ad conferences held by CARE.

Peace education Seminars held by the Hague Appeal for Peace: Columbia University,New York 2002 , 2003 , Tirana Albania 2004 

 

 Publications:

 

1.Books

 

- Palestinian Workers in Israel: A survey Army, 1981 Jerusalem

 -Palestinian Theater, A documentary study, Nablus, 1980- -Arabs in the Jewish state, Ian Lustick- Translation-Abo Arafah Press, Jerusalem, 1985

- Israeli Violations in the Occupied Territories, Society of the Arab studies, Jerusalem 1983

-Restriction Orders and Home Arrests, Society of the Arab Studies,Jerusalem 1984

-Palestinian Deportees, AL-Aswar, Acco, 1986

-Twenty Years of Terror, Dar AL- Somoud      AL-Arabi, Nicossia, 1987

-AL-Intifada and Israeli: Analytical study o­n the effects of the Intifada about The Israelies thinking, AL-Aswar, Acco, 1987

-Reading and Reading Comprehension among Palestinian Puplic, CARE (1993)

- Human Dignity, Beaty Reardon-translation-CARE, 1994

 -Democracy for All, Ed. Brain Translation-CARE, 1995

 -Human Rights for All, Ed . B RAIN-Translation-                         CARE, 1995

- What do drop outs cost the Palestinians? CARE, 1995

 -Violence Communication in Schools and method s to minimize it, CARE, 1996

 -Israeli Violations against Palestinian Education , The Dammount Research Center, New Jerssy,

 -Islam and Human Rights, CARE ,1997 .

 -The Turtles Strategy:  a manual for Conflict Resolution in class, 2001, MECA.

(sponsored by the Konrad Adenwar Foundation /Germany)

  -Time to Abolish War A translation to Arabic (A manual issued by the Hague Appeal for Peace (sponsored by the Hague Appeal for peace)

_ Anti- Hate Educational Manual : A workbook for Parents,Students and Teachers, ( sponsored by the United States Institute for Peace , Washington Dc.) 

2 - Articles:: publishing frequently in the :

 Al-Quds Newspaper, Jerusalem

 HEWARE Dialogue Educational and Cultural magazine, Ramallah

 Al-Itihad Newspaper , Haifa

 

Personal Data :

 

* Born:: 1955 and have two sons : Ousamaa student of medicine and Kareem a student ofEngineering , The American university ,CAIRO

Maha, a daughter in the 11th grade, Schmidt Girls College /Jerusalem

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CARE was established in 1989, through the initiative of educationalists and intellectuals. The foundations legal status being based o­n the Israeli legislation ( Reg. No. 511 59343-6) and later o­n ( 7-25/106) the Palestinian legislation and International Conventions.

 

It is a nonprofit, voluntary institution whose objective is to initiate and promote activities that lead to the development of democracy, civic society, culture, and a more human world.

 

The foundations work mainly focuses o­n providing democratic knowledge and educating teachers, students, parents councils and elementary school children. Since 1989, CARE has initiated numerous programs and activities in cooperation with international institutions.

 

Our means to promote the realization of human rights and mutual understanding are, among others,workshops, round tables or seminars, and exhibitions organized in cooperation with local or international institutions and the school adminstrative bodies.

 

The training workshops offer trainina in teaching methodologies o­n how to introduce the issue of human rights and democracy concepts into primary and secondary classes.

 

Foundation representatives also regularly participate at conferences and seminars focused o­n human rights and civic education

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RECORD OF ACHIEVEMENTS

Based o­n its mission, CARE organized the following programs and conducted the following activities since it was established.

Educational Round Tables :

Title

Place

No. of participants

Efficiency of the Tawjihi ( high school examination)

Catholic school ramallah

93

Parents councils and their needed task

Latin Church School; Ramallah

87

Role of head teachers and now

Friends Boys School; Ramallah

75

Culture and education for peace

Friends Boys School; Ramallah

117

Spelling mistakces in Teaching Arabic language

CARE

43

Future perspective o­n Palestinian Education

Arab Journalists Union; Jerusalem

107

Non- violance communcation in the class

CARE

33

Jerusalem in the Palestinian textbooks

Commercial Forum; Ramallah

54

Available Educational servicies

CARE

60

Cheating in exams

CARE

52

Private lessons and its effects

CARE

40

Methods of communicating with pupils

CARE

37

Teachers centers: mobile immediate clinics

CARE

22

Education: A modern Approach to Peaceful Resistence

CARE

39

A Training course for Palestinian Israeli Teachers in Kindergartens o­n how to teach tolerance and democracy for children

Different Palestinian/Israeli Kindergartens

24

 

Educational Seminars

Role of Ed.  in Development

Kalandia Traning Center; UNRWA

90

Teaching through Communicative approach

Al-Najah Univ; Al-Quds Univ Hebron Univ.

127

Data Analysis

Ramallah

32

Rolw of Education in Democracy

Jerusalem

187

Role of School in promoing Social Cooperation

Catholic School; Ramallah

85

Needs of Palestinian kindergartens

Gaza

68

What do drop- outs Cost Palestinians


Ramallah

163

Violance Communications in Schools

Ramallah

175

 

 

Training of Trainers Workshop;HRE

St. George School; Jerusalem

57

Training Session o­n: Implementing the Convention of the HR of the Child

CARE

43

Palestinian HR in the Future

Ramallah

93

Towards Tax System that guarantees Social Justice

Ramallah

103

Seven Human Rights round tables in seven different geographical areas

Nablus, Tulkarim, Ramallah, Jerusalem, Jenin, Hebron, & Gaza

318

Seven Human rights round tables in seven different geographical areas

Nablus, Tulkarim, Ramallah, Jerusalem, Jenin, Hebron, & Gaza

294

Democracy: its forms and shapes

Graduates Union College; Hebron

149

Democracy : among the Palestinian People

Ramallah

97

Islam and Human Rights

Al-Najah Univ.; Nablus

150

Democracy and Islam and Christianity

Lawyers Union; bethlehem


74

Traning sessions for School Head Teachers: Democratization of School Administrations

Ramallah; hebron; & Gaza

40; 49; 52

Freedom of Exression and Democracy

Al-Najah Univ.; Friend Society

77

Towards Implementing Democracy

Al-Shawa Center; Gaza

93

Human Rights and Democracy

Red Cresent; Jenin

85

Islam and Education for Democracy Hebron

Hebron

73

Celebrating the International Day of Tolerance

Jerusalem

90

Aspects of Democracy in Palestinian & Israeli Textbooks

Jerusalem

70

 

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A courageous vision

 

Establishing a permanent peace in the Middle East has proven to be a difficult and complicated undertaking. Today much of Israeli and Palestinian interaction occurs within the context of confrontation and is perceived through the lens of political conflicts.

 

Beyond the difficult and sensitive modalities of peace making, the lingering effects of half a century, filled with animosities, fear, and mutual destruct have added a meaningful obstacle to the peace process.

 

The conflict has embodied itself within the social structure of both people and had hindered any true cooperation, trust, tolerance, and accepting the other cannot be taken for granted just tried to be settled.

 

Educational efforts in both sides would begin to bring near and to humanize the other party through communication and understanding. Education has a meaningful and formative impact o­n Palestinian and Israeli identity and perception of the other. Since the beginning of the Arab- Israeli conflict, education has been a tool for promoting different ideologies.

 

As a result, the curriculum o­n both sides evokes cognitive and emotional reactions that reinforce adversarial attitudes.

 

Consequently, the " knowledge" and perception of the other is often limited to selected a negative images, harmful stereotypes and at best, a dementias distorted understanding of the other's culture and religion.

 

The ultimate success of peace will be depending o­n the capability of both ethnic groups to live and work together, not just side by side, but in close cooperation of amicable interaction and in mutual respect. Any attempt to establish a permanent peace in the middle east will have to address education as an influential factor, and this requires sensitive and flexible educational planning o­n both sides.

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CARE managed to translate, publish and distribute the following:

 

Name

Author

No. of Issues

The Convention of the HR of the Child

General Assembly/ UN

200,000

Methods of Teaching HR

UNESCO

3000

HUMAN DIGNITY

BEATY READON

3000

HUMAN Rights for All

David Mason and others

3000

Democracy for all

Ed. OBrain & others

3000

Islam and HR

Dr. Ghassan Abdullah

3000

HEWAR Dialog

A Bi-monthly Ed. HR+CR and Democracy Magazine

5000

The Effects of Israeli Closure o­n Palestinians

CARE

2000

An Educational Plan to implement the convention of the HR of the child

CARE

10,000

Role of the Ed. in promoting Democracy

CARE

2000

Pictures Talk a tool for teaching English through the communicative approach

CARE

10,000

Role of the Ed. in promoting Democracy

CARE

2000

Role of school promoting social cooperation

CARE

1000

The Turtles strategy Amannual for conflict Resolution in the class

D.Ghassan Abdullah

5000

The Phenomena of violence communication in school

D.Ghassan Abdullah

5000

Facing school-violence through creative thinking

D.Ghassan Abdullah

5000

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29/08/08

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