Peace and Democracy
A collaboration between
Common Bond Institute
Al-Azar University, and AAUJ
cooperation with the
International Humanistic Psychology Association (IHPA)
a consortium of professional organizations internationally
Al-Azar University in Gaza and
Arab American University in Jenin (AAUJ), West Bank, Palestine,
1. A Center for Conflict Resolution and Human Rights
2. A curriculum in Civil Society (democratic studies, conflict
resolution/mediation, human rights, government, political science, economics/business),
and in Human Services (psychology/social work/counseling, education,
medical health services, sociology)
3. A pool of visiting professors and trainers
To help prepare future leaders in Palestinian civil
society and local professionals skilled in providing critical human
services to the population; all to increase capacity for a viable, peaceful
Palestinian nation. To date a large group of professionals who have
stepped forward to volunteer to be part of a visiting professor pool
for these universities.
Establishing a Center for Conflict Resolution
and Human Rights with an attached terminal degree, to include
conflict resolution, mediation, community intervention, peace studies,
human rights. (*Note: This center has since been officially established
by Al-Azar University and the curriculum is currently under development).
Providing vitally needed courses in Human Services
(psychology/social work/counseling, health services, education,
sociology) and Civil Society (democratic studies, government, political
science, organizational/community development, economics, business).
The intent is to provide as much immediate skills training and education
as possible, and to also provide sufficient curriculum and faculty
for establishing terminal degrees in both Human Services and Civil
Society. The recipients of these degrees will then not only become
service providers for the society but a trained pool of university
faculty to continue these curriculums in the future.
Expand and develop programs of the existing Center
for Continuing Education and Community Services to provide increased
exposure to basic, healthy concepts and effective skills in nonviolent
communication for the general public for increased awareness and
to help in overcoming obstacles that stand in the way of social
and economic progress.
Creating opportunities for NGO's and community based
institutions like Al-Azar University and AAUJ, and other universities
and schools in Palestine and Israel to cooperate on issues that
promote understanding, acceptance, reconciliation, and forgiveness,
to promote positive visions of each society, and to enhance human
services and civil society in both. The hope is that such collaboration
can also lead to co-hosting one of the planned international conferences
on concepts of "The Other."
Developing a comprehensive, 4 year CURRICULUM for terminal degrees
in Civil Society and Human Services, including web based
distant learning programs.
Generating a sufficient body of EDUCATIONAL AND TRAINING MATERIALS
and PROFESSIONAL REFERENCE RESOURCES, including access to web
based resource libraries.
Providing a pool of VISITING PROFESSORS and TRAINERS to
supplement Al-Azar University and AAUJ faculty by offering assistance
ranging from brief 1 week seminars to full semester or year long courses
at the Al-Azar University and AAUJ sites. Professors who provide brief
trainings donate their time but their travel and accommodations would
be covered through funding we are seeking. Those who can commit to
a longer-term stay (from a semester to a full academic year) would
also receive a modest salary (modest in terms of US standards but
more than enough to live quite comfortably in Palestine).
The true reward for this personal investment of time, energy, and
expertise will be in playing a key role in helping to lay the cornerstone
for an independent, viable, and democratic Palestinian state.
Securing ENDORSEMENTS from PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS and RECOGNIZED
ACADEMIC INSTITUTIONS internationally to add credibility to the
degree work of Al-Azar University and AAUJ.
As an option, periodically key Al-Azar University and AAUJ professors
could be brought for a limited time to cooperating universities and
schools for ADVANCED TRAINING directly related to their responsibilities
in teaching and mentoring faculty and students.
Although student/faculty exchanges would be appealing in the future,
the primary focus at this point is creating learning opportunities
"locally" within the Palestinian society for the largest
number of students to access. The most immediate goal is to populate
the society with such trained professionals to increase local capacity
for providing crucially needed human services, public education, and
for reforming the government. Utilizing indigenous educational
systems like Al-Azar University and AAUJ to train and orient as many
local professionals as possible as soon as possible is seen as the
best way to accomplish this.
Benefits of the Project:
Al-Azar University and AAUJ are in need of support to both maintain
their academic programs and expand in ways critically needed for the
positive development of the capacity for peace and democracy in Palestinian
society. They are two of only a few key educational institutions seen
by Palestinian intellectuals and reformers as the best hopes and essential
vehicles for developing a core group of new, representative leaders
and mentors. Such a pool of enlightened, well equipped leaders in
Palestinian civil society has the potential to create the best means
for evolving and transforming into a mature, progressive nation; one
with the full capacity to positively deal with both domestic and international
relationships in effective, cooperative, mutually beneficial ways.
This collaboration with key stakeholders offers a unique opportunity
for highly effective approaches in psychology, education, health services,
governance, and conflict transformation to be placed into the mainstream
as a central theme and foundation of newly birthing institutions of
higher education in Palestinian society, and preparing it's leaders
- both in the immediate future and the next generation. In doing so
it has a clear potential for making a substantial contribution to
the process for peace that can have profound and far reaching effects
in the region.
Capacity for Peace and Democracy in Palestine is a time limited
effort designed to allow Al-Azar University and AAUJ firmly establish
and develop their programs, and then rely on them to complete their
mission - a mission that benefits the world outside it's borders as
How to Help:
YOUR Tax Deductible Financial Support is Appreciated
Tax Deductible Donations can be made through our direct partner
organization, the International
Humanistic Psychology Association (IHPA),
at the address below. IHPA is a US
Federal 501(c)3 Nonprofit organization
and contributions are tax deductible.
Donations of any size are appreciated*
can be made payable to: "International
Humanistic Psychology Association"
"Capacity for Peace and Democracy
and can be made by through PayPal
by credit card or bank withdrawl. Clicking on the IHPA link will
take you to the PayPal link on it's website.
Checks, money orders, or cashiers checks made out to IHPA can also be
mailed directly to the address below.
For wiring instructions please contact us directly at the phone number
Send Contributions to:
Humanistic Psychology Association
South Pine Ayr Drive, Climax, Michigan 49034 USA
Phone/Fax: (269) 665-9393
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