The Solutions Not Sides Elliott Simmons Student Leadership Programme is a five-day programme for 20 students who want deeper learning on the Israel-Palestine conflict, receive training in conflict resolution and affect positive change within their societies or communities. The course is designed to help enable interfaith dialogue on this issue – particularly between Muslims, Christians and Jews. However, anyone is welcome to apply, regardless of background, political beliefs, or prior knowledge or experience. After completion of the programme, participants will be mentored and have access to seed funding to run an activity or project on campus.
During the programme, we will also explore tensions on UK campuses related to Israel-Palestine, how to resolve and de-escalate conflict and how to foster good relations between people.
The programme will feature a number of speakers and trainers who are experts in their field and will be facilitated by experienced SNS staff who have delivered many similar youth programmes in the past. This year's programme has been designed with input from previous alumni of this programme and young people who attended our Bridge Builder's Programme in 2021.
Read on for more information about the programme and for feedback from previous SLP participants.
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Historical narratives and religion in Israel-Palestine
Antisemitism and Islamophobia
More details to be announced soon!
"It has consolidated a lot of previous knowledge on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and on-ground reality. I learned much more in regards to history, politics, economics and religion in the region"
"I've become more open to learning about other perspectives"
"[The programme has] made me more passionate and determined to engage in dialogue"
"It was an indescribably fantastic week"
“I have learned so much in such a unique way. Not just about the conflict but about on cultures and religions.”
“I think my understanding has deepened far more than I expected it to, I feel like there was copious amounts of background to the conflict which I never really appreciated.”
"The programme was honestly perfect"
“Definitely deepened my understanding both emotionally and historically”
"I knew enough about the conflict beforehand to make an educated assessment of the conflict, but engaging with others really challenged and deepened my understanding.”