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The Twinned Peace Sports Schools program has reached over 20,000 children and youth, boys and girls, Arabs and Jews, Israelis and Palestinians over the last 20 years.

Twinned Peace Sports Schools (TPSS)

 
Project Aim

The project was launched in 2002, and brings together Jewish and Arab, Israeli and Palestinian boys and girls, ages 6-18 from "twinned" communities across Israel and the Palestinian Authority, focusing not only on sports activities, but also combining peacebuilding activities which are designed to break down barriers and stereotypes between participants, and  foster values of peace and coexistence by changing attitudes toward the 'other'.

How it Works

Each year, the project brings together more than 1,500 children from "twinned" communities across Israel and the Palestinian Authority together every year.  

This program runs various projects in different fields of sports:

 

Boys Football

Girls Football

Wheelchair Basketball

 

 

Participants meet with their "twinned" school several times throughout the school year (September-June) for joint activities and special events, playing in mixed teams, rather than against each other, according to the "Fair Play" method.

 

The following activities are designed to break down barriers and stereotypes between participants, and develop trust and group cohesion.


Weekly sports training and peace education:

The children meet separately, twice a week, for sports training and peace education sessions with local Peres Center coaches. Trainings focus on physical fitness, athletic skills, sportsmanship, teamwork, and increasing motivation, confidence and leadership skills. Additionally, the trainings include peace education activities that are structured around the Peace through Sport Educational Manual developed by the Peres Center. The program addresses an acute need in the participating communities, which offer very limited after-school activities and suffer from a chronic lack of sport and recreational facilities. Various sports are offered to boys and girls, such as football, basketball, cricket and others.

 

Joint sport, peace education & cultural activities:

The joint activities are structured around the Peace through Sport Educational Manual developed by the Peres Center. This important and unique component enables the children to meet their friends from “the other side,” play in mixed teams, mitigate direct competition and encourage values of teamwork, equality and mutual appreciation.

Using informal educational tools and games, values of tolerance, coexistence, mutual understanding, respect and team work are imparted to the children. They learn about each other's cultures, religions, and traditions in a fun, informal educational environment that is incorporated into each joint activity. Activities are designed to break down barriers and stereotypes between participants, and develop trust and group cohesion.

Inter-language learning:

The children learn the basics of Arabic or Hebrew, the language of "the other", in a specially designed joint inter-language learning program which uses vocabulary from the world of sport. Lesson plans are designed especially for the needs of the project and were developed with the aim of providing a creative and exciting approach for language learning and promoting cooperation.


Fair Play:

TPSS utilizes a unique conflict resolution method for sports called "Fair Play", which seeks to promote cooperation between the children, as they play in mixed teams. According to FairPlay, there are no referees in the games, but rather the participants referee themselves. Before each game, the children have to work together as a team to decide upon the rules of the game.  During the games they have to enforce the rules they developed, and resolve any conflicts that arise. If the conflict is irresolvable, a mediator will intervene and discuss the situation with the participants. After each game, under the leadership of their coaches, participants have to discuss how they managed to play by their rules, if they were reasonable, what problems arose and so on. Thus, participants learn to carry out a dialogue between themselves, which does not happen in everyday life, and learn conflict resolution skills in a wider context.

 

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132 Kedem St., Tel Aviv-Jaffa,
68066 Israel
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