Measurable outcomes

Key to SNS’s theory of change is the unique use of young Israeli and Palestinian peace activists as visiting speakers who volunteer for the project. The experience of meeting ordinary young people born into a conflict who are close to their own age produces real attitudinal change, and the speakers are an inspiring role model for students.

Programme elements & impact:

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Solutions Not Sides is an essential piece of a wider puzzle of organisations working with young people to counter racism and build bridges across communities in the UK. We partner with organisations such as Anne Frank Trust, StandUp!, Hope Not Hate, Holocaust Educational Trust, Parallel Histories and others, bringing our unique expertise to complete the educational picture.

Initial responses indicated in student feedback:

  • Expressing an appreciation of the ‘safe-space’ atmosphere, and the confidence it engenders for participants to ask difficult, but important questions
  • Expressing an appreciation for the quality and abilities of the visiting speakers
  • Expressing a sense of becoming more open-minded about the issues
  • Expressing an intention to follow the peaceful example of the visiting speakers

Learning outcomes indicated in student feedback:

  • Understanding of diverse perspectives 
  • A non-partisan, solutions-focused attitude (not supporting one side against the other)
  • An acceptance of the shared humanity and equal human rights for all 
  • Awareness that people from different backgrounds and perspectives, even those on opposing sides of a geo-political conflict, can treat each other and dialogue together respectfully without aggression
  • A shift from enmity to empathy regarding the human suffering of those previously perceived to be the ‘bad guys’ 
  • Awareness of and ability to make the distinction between the roles of political/violent actors (governmental and grassroots), and the majority of ordinary citizens 
  • Awareness that violence will likely lead to continued conflict and suffering, not conflict resolution
  • Awareness of and ability to critically assess bias about the conflict in mainstream and social media