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World Education Forum in Palestine

Thursday 1 July 2010, by Omar Assaf

We are pleased to inform you that the registration for organizations and self-organized activities for the World Education Forum in Palestine (October 28 - 31) opened on June 25. This event is vitally important in the context of today’s world, moreover holding this Forum in Palestine is of powerful symbolic value and of crucial importance for Palestine and people of conscience around the globe.

The World Education Forum in Palestine takes place during a time of on-going occupation of the Palestinian people, the siege of Gaza, and persecution of local and international activists. The brutal attack on the Freedom Flotilla was only the latest event in the escalation of Israeli policies of aggression. The World Education Forum in Palestine, therefore, offers not only a space for people from all over the world to discuss issues relating to education, but participation in the Forum is a concrete act of solidarity with the Palestinian people and resistance to occupation, apartheid, and colonialism.

The WEF activities will be carried out over 4 days, simultaneously organized in Haifa, Ramallah, Jerusalem, Gaza, and Beirut. The program will comprise centrally organized seminars (organized by the National and International Organizing Committees), self-organized activities, expanded activities (interconnections between WEF venues and between WEF venues and the wider world), trips, cultural activities and assemblies.

The activities of the WEF will shed light on pressing social and educational issues and challenges of people struggling for peace and social justice around the world and in Palestine. All activities will be guided by the following thematic axes:

1.Education, arts, culture and identity
2.Education as a tool for emancipating the mind and protecting the environment
3.Ideologies in education
4.Traditional and popular education
5.Education for peace, equality and liberation

We invite all organizations to organize one or more self-organized
activities based on the thematic axes, in a location of choice. We call on all organizations to reflect on:

 Thematic ax(es) your organization wants to focus on
 A title for your self-organized activity and a description
 The location(s) for your activity/activities: Jerusalem, Gaza, Haifa, Ramallah or Beirut
 Type of activity: seminar, workshop, debate, round tables, etc
 Leading and collaborating organizations
 Language of your activity/activities (Arabic and English highly recommended)
 Wish to interlink with other venues or worldwide expanded activities by internet connection

We will inform you about the event structure, fees, logistics, visa
regulations and accommodation very soon. Please visit our website: for updates and more information.

Please spread this widely to your contacts.

Omar Assaf is the General Coordinator of the World Education Forum in Palestine