Solutions Not Sides is committed to giving young people in the UK and beyond unique opportunities to deepen their knowledge and understanding of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Please see below for our upcoming opportunities or visit our blog for more information of past programmes:
You can contribute to our blog! If you have an interest and passion in Middle Eastern politics, then send us a sample piece (400 words max.) about your thoughts and experiences of the region. We understand that not all contributors may want to have their name published with their work, so we do also accept anonymous contributions that support our values and goals. Please send your piece to firstname.lastname@example.org
Student Leadership Programme
Take part in our annual Student Leadership Programme. If you are a sixth-former or university student concerned about the Israel-Palestine conflict, and you want to learn more about the situation and improve your leadership and public speaking skills, then apply! More information can be found on our Student Leadership Programme page.
If you're interested in the Israeli - Palestinian conflict and would like to talk about it, learn more, speak to experts, and hear from Israeli and Palestinian people, then join one or more of our online programmes! We have a different special guest each month, and there's no prior experience or knowledge necessary.
The Solutions Not Sides online programme on Israel-Palestine aims to provide young people and students interested in the conflict with a range of engaging material and a forum in which to discuss various key issues faced by the region in more depth. The programmes take the format of one or two hour sessions, in which up to 10 students from around the world, as well as an Israeli and Palestinian peace activist, will meet on Google Hangouts to debate the issue or topic of the month, and discuss the various articles and essays participants will have read prior to the session.
The sessions are for students aged 15+ and you do not need any prior knowledge of the conflict to participate in of the sessions - everyone is welcome!
We run 1 session each month, and they usually take the form of Google Hangout sessions focusing on a different topic each month, with a different guest speaker. More information on our 2017-2018 guest speakers will be released soon.
Dates for 2017-2018 programmes:
October 9th 18:00 - Q&A with Israeli and Palestinian speakers about to embark on an SNS tour of London schools and communities
November 14th 18:00 - Egypt and Israel/Palestine
December 12th 18:00 - Borders and settlements - obstacles for peace or excuses for conflict
January 9th 2018 18:00 - Grassroots activism in Israel and Palestine today with speakers from two different organisations
February 13th 18:00 - The US and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict
March 13th 18:00 - What future for Gaza?
April 10th 18:00 - Refugees
May 1st 18:00 - Israel/Palestine and UK activism
If you're interested in participating, please complete the form below and we'll be in touch with more details.
Solutions Not Sides Solutions Competition 2017
Enter your solution into the Solutions Not Sides 2017-2018 Solutions Competition! The winning solutions will be displayed at our end of year gallery event which you will be invited to, and the winning person or team will win a very special prize. The competition will be judged by Israeli and Palestinian speakers who come on our school tours to the UK.
Your solution can be:
- In the form of a map and an accompanying explanation essay of no more than one page
- In the form of a two page bullet-pointed proposal/essay
- In form of a poem
- In the form of a video
- In the form of a spoken word piece or song
You can submit your solution:
- In a group of maximum six people
- By emailing email@example.com
We will be choosing winners from:
- Each tour
- Each term
- The overall year
The tour winners will be announced the day after the deadline, and the term winners will be announced on the last day of each term! The overall year winner will be announced June 1st 2018
London October 2017 tour: 15th November
Wales October 2017 tour: 21st November
Lancashire November 2017 tour: 11 December
Bradford November 2017 tour: December 20th 2017
Birmingham November 2017 tour: January 12th 2018
Bradford January 2017 tour: 20th February 2018
London January 2017 tour: 27th February 2018
Manchester February 2018 tour: 10th March 2018
East Midlands February 2018 tour: 3rd April 2018
Scotland March 2018 tour: 17th April 2018
Bradford March 2018 tour: 24th April 2018
London May 2018 tour: 12th May 2018
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