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Beaufort
School

A Visit from Palestine

Eight Palestinian teenagers from Bethlehem visit the school and spend the whole day discussing aspects of Palestinian life with Year 9 and Year 10.

Taking part in an established unit of work ‘Searching for a Solution’, Year 10 Humanities students have been exploring the development of Israel, post Holocaust, and the impact of this on the Jewish/Palestinian people.
 
Poems written and sent by Palestinian students in Ramallah covering their everyday life and dreams and aspirations were read and discussed by students to establish a context and develop a clearer understanding of this complex issue. Resources from the previous year were also utilized, including a recorded videoconference with a representative from the Israeli Embassy in London.
 
As part of the project, eight Palestinian teenagers from Bethlehem visited the school and spent the whole day discussing aspects of Palestinian life with Year 9 and Year 10. The conversations covered culture, religion and everyday experience of the conflict, aimed at giving our students and staff a greater understanding and awareness of what it means to be Palestinian.
 
After the visit, students in both year groups spent time creating personal responses to conflict using text and images in the form of posters. Selections of these will be presented to the group at the Palestinian Cultural Evening held in Winchester before their return to Bethlehem.
 
Ben Lovett
 
our guests