Article title:   Language Connections
First posted:   Sun 23 Sep 2007
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Language Connections

Language Connections Organization ( a non-profit organization, based in Israel ) was founded by Gal Springman and Judy Cohen

Language connections Organization  is a group of educators, curriculum and teaching materials developers and English language teachers :

Muslim, Jewish and Christian.

 

We all share the daily experience of living and raising our children in the midst of the long-term, deep-rooted, violent ethno-cultural and political conflict in the Middle East. We, as educators, know that despair cannot be an option and that the price of inaction or force, might be too high in the long run. "Re-humanization" brought back to interpersonal relations through educational activities is the only long term leverage.

The New Palestinian Abraham Center for Languages came into existence in 2003 in order to reorient courses to answer the needs of a population more and more forsaken by the world. Increasing poverty and travel restrictions made it seem a nearly useless luxury to learn another language, and little by little, most of the 20-some staff members at the school found their hands empty.

A new kind of communication ( Youth Communications )needed to be developed, using the computer and Internet, with English as the common language between students whose mother tongues were either Arabic or Hebrew. Today, people of all ages, illiterate or university students, young or mature adults, find the door open at the Abraham Center, where they are welcome to study a language or to develop computer skills. Learning new skills is an important source of satisfaction when you canít travel beyond the narrow limits of the Gaza Strip. The schoolís two computers do work overtime !!

This article was originally published on:
Site: New Abraham Center for Languages - Gaza - Palestine
URL: http://www.npacl.com/modules/articles/article.php?id=43