Education for Social Justice, Environmental Justice and Peace Education

Kibbutzim College of Education

Our new program of elementary teachers' preparation strives to build teachers' capacity to educate children toward social justice and peace, conflict transformation and dialogue. It is a four years degree program (B.ed), given by the Kibbutzim College of Education,  that also gives a Mediation Certificate. 


Students' background
The group of students reflects the various segments of Israeli society. The group contains Palestinians and Jews, migrant worker, Jews from Ethiopia, Georgia, deaf,  students from the cultural and geographical center and peripheries 18-48 years old. The participants speak 7 different mother tongues and affiliate with  4 religions. They are committed activists in different organization for social change, which are part of the civil society in Israel.

To develop understandings between different groups and create a rich multicultural learning environment.
To learn and teach educational philosophy and praxis of critical feminist pedagogy.
To prepare a group of leading educators who would bring peace education into formal and non-formal education.
To create a network of peace education activist that would teach toward a social change.
To raise awareness to gender inequalities and other forms of discrimination in education
To give tools and skills to create social change projects with gender mainstreaming objectives.

We offer variety of course dealing with Israeli Society, Critical feminist pedagogy, movements for social change, human rights and children rights, gender equity, social justice, environmental justice, social economy, art for change. In addition the students specialize in one discipline: math, Science, literature and language and Jewish culture. They are being taught how to integrate social justice and peace education into the existing required curricula. Along the 4 years of preparation the students learn about the Jewish Palestinian conflict, meet with peace organizations and research the different historical narratives. They learn through dialogical methods, group activities,  group interactions integration of theories and practice.

The students do a practicum education work in organization for social change, and in schools. They are required to implement ideas of alternative education, innovative relevant pedagogy for children from marginalized groups. 



Center of Critical Feminist Pedagogy 

 The center of critical feminist pedagogy aims to motivate educators to develop social consciousness and become activists for social change in their schools and organizations. The center offers in service trainings, projects development in formal and non formal frameworks, educational staff development and publications. The Center works with marginalized populations such as poor neighborhood schools, Arab schools and organizations, Ethiopian Jews, children of migrant workers



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what is critical feminist pedagogy?

Critical pedagogy tries to examine how education relates to issues of equality and inequality, discrimination, human dignity, freedom and social justice. It is a pedagogy that studies racism, sexism, classism, body ablism (discrimination against people with disabilities) and other forms of prejudice as portrayed and learnt in education. It questions the stratification of children through education and it tries to offer alternatives for a more just and equal education.