Solutions not Sides (SNS) primarily engages students at the opinion-forming stage (14-18 years of age), ensuring that the students engage with the subject of conflict within the safe space of a structured educational environment.
This is carried out through an innovative programme of training and workshops with young people in secondary schools that are led by our experienced and highly trained facilitators, which include:
The educational sessions for Year 9 to Year 13 are the central activity of the programme and include activities on general conflict under-standing, critical-thinking skills and conflict resolution with the application of these principles to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Students learn the difference between positions and interests and how they can apply this understanding to explore meaningful solutions. The session also gives some background from both sides’ points of view as to the issues at the heart of the conflict, both past and present, and features real-life experiences and aspirations of people who are living through it, told in person by Israeli and Palestinian speakers from the region. Time is given for Q&A so that students have the unique opportunity to learn more from these people who are living in the region and are involved in working for conflict resolution. The skills and experiences gained through participation in the sessions are transferable to other conflict situations, both in personal and political contexts.
If your school has already done an SNS session, you can give your students the opportunity to develop a project or presentation on a topic with specialist resources developed by SNS. There are seven topics to choose from where older students can work individually or in groups, in lesson or at home, to enrich their understanding of the more complex aspects of the Israel-Palestine conflict. Contact us for details on how to do this.
Solutions Not Sides sessions are uniquely designed to fulfil the transferable skills requirements of Pearson and other exam boards.
Every aspect of our sessions ensures that students develop in the following areas:
Click here for more information on how the sessions are relevant for curriculums in England & Wales, here for Scotland, here for the IB Diploma and here for how they can apply to the Ofsted Framework.
If SNS has not yet visited your school, please speak to one of your teachers and direct them towards this page. If you have already participated in an SNS session, we hope you enjoyed it – this is the place where you can find out more about follow up opportunities:
Will you be aged 16-19 by February 2021? If yes, then you are eligible to apply for our annual Student Leadership programme! Head over to our SLP page to learn more & apply.
FODIP’s remit is to host and facilitate sensitively inter faith dialogue on the Israeli Palestinian conflict, within and between Jews, Christians, Muslims and others in the UK, and to promote co-operation through dialogue.
If you are over 18 years of age, other opportunities are available to you: