Nations have recently been led to borrow billions for war; no nation has ever borrowed largely for education. Probably, no nation is rich enough to pay for both war and civilization. We must make our choice; we cannot have both.
Abraham Flexner


Education is paramount for both the actualization of self, professionally and personally and for contextualization of the world around you. Children and Adults both Israeli and Palestinian alike would benefit from a holistic life-long learning process.

From the development of good quality schools that teach values and skills as branches of the same tree, to community centers which offer opportunities to enrich the lives across the board there must be education which teaches peace.

In Northern Ireland there has been twelve years since the signing of the Good Friday Agreement and for a new generation in Ulster there is a different conception of the other, largely due to the impressive work in the area of peace education and the development of integrated schools. Undoubtedly the challenges between Israelis and Palestinians are greater as the conflict has taken on the proportions, in the minds of some, of an epic battle between religions and civilization, the linguistic and geographical divides making the task harder still and yet it can be done.

Today there are strong strains of peace education in different sections of both Israeli and Palestinian society, facilitated by the good work of those wonderful organizations who share the vision of peace. We must make this the mainstream education.