14 years ago, a group of friends launched reGeneration to nurture Jewish, Christian and Muslim children experiencing crippling toxic stress caused by one of the most entrenched conflicts on earth.
Dear Friends of reGeneration,
When I helped launch reGeneration Education 14 years ago, I was inspired by two critically important understandings.
We live in a nation made up of people with different truths who often struggle to interact. Although the United States is composed of unprecedented diversity, we have become increasingly divisive, and many communities experience marginalization.
reGeneration Education is excited to announce its newest partner in the Middle East! Inspired by Martin Luther King Jr.’s Beloved Community and commitment to nonviolence, House of Hope is an Arabic-language, trauma-informed elementary school in the West Bank village of Al Eizariya. It is also the only emerging Waldorf school in the West Bank.
In July 2017, reGeneration sponsored a crisis zone team to provide teacher enrichment for those working with Syrian, Afghan, and Congo refugee children at an education center in Lesbos. Read more…
reGeneration had a special advance screening of the “The Rendezvous,” an exciting romantic adventure filmed in Jordan, followed by an interfaith panel benefiting reGeneration’s work to advance life-changing early childhood education in crisis zones.
The award-winning film produced by Tricia Gibbs that provoked worldwide conversations about the power of narrative to build solidarity and solutions.Read more…
Transforming the Holy Land
Fear presents a choice whether we recognize it or not: to love or to hate. If we choose to love, we have sparked the first flame of creation. We are propelled into right action. House of Hope is honored to partner with reGeneration to continue our right action and bring transformational healing through holistic education to children in the Holy Land.”– Milad Vosgueritchian, co-founder and Chairman of reGeneration partner school House of Hope
Two Peoples, One School
At Ein Bustan we are two peoples, two languages, two different cultures. Yet when I bring my children to the kindergarten in the morning and see the children sitting, playing, building, singing, hiking, eating and working together, they are equal, and it’s not make-believe. This togetherness and the mutual wish to create a joint reality is what brought my family to the kindergarten. At school, we are all equal, and we all have a heart that can speak, listen, and be compassionate.”– Ester Springut, a parent at reGeneration partner school Ein Bustan
With reGeneration, we created a Waldorf School based on the beauty of Arab culture and language, which also teaches Hebrew and English. It is a school where all the different religions and cultures of Arab people are represented and work together: Muslims, Christians, Druze, and Bedouins. The idea of bringing all these children together in one school is not the norm...but it is a model for how to integrate Waldorf education into the Arab culture.”– Lana Nasrallah, cofounding teacher of reGeneration partner school Tamrat El Zeitoun
Encountering the Other
reGeneration brought The Way of Council to our bilingual Arabic Hebrew school. The Way of Council is a way to become aware that the person sitting across from me is a person just like me, who was born an empty vessel, and whom life has filled with different content, which is not necessarily the ultimate truth. I could have been born as Muhammed or Fatma, and I would then think as they do. So I think that within me I am actually a little bit Muhammed and a little bit Fatma, a little bit Amir or Rachel. And a little bit Gidi.”– Gidi Hyman, a teacher at reGeneration partner school Ein Bustan
Training Crisis-Zone Ready Teachers
Before I became a Waldorf teacher, I taught in public schools where the children rarely leave their desks. The Arab children especially have problems holding their pencils because they move their bodies so little…Thanks to my reGeneration scholarship, I became more sensitive about the need for children to be held in a protected space. Upon my return to school, I plan to find a way to build a separate area for our young children, so they have a more sheltered space than what they have now.”– Aida Awad, a founding teacher at reGeneration partner school Tamrat El Zeitoun
We advance peacebuilding through innovative approaches to the education, development, and resilience of young children in crisis zones so they are able to imagine and create a better future.
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