At House of Hope Vision School, we believe peace cannot exist without justice. That’s why our core values of equality, responsibility, and solidarity are central to our approach to nonviolence education for Palestinian children growing up under Occupation.
House of Hope students learn Compassionate Communication, a healing approach to conflict resolution that gives them the skills to deepen their connection with themselves and others and nonviolently advocate for their right to live in peace and freedom.
Thanks to your support, our students also learn about peace and justice leaders throughout history, such as Mahatma Gandhi and Mother Teresa. We teach them peace and justice education principles of democracy, gender equality, human rights, environmental responsibility, Palestinian history and heritage, and solidarity with other oppressed people.
Every student participates in House of Hope’s “Beloved Community” curriculum, which examines seven universal spiritual themes that are found in the three Abrahamic religions: Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. Students also learn about Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the importance of reconciliation through forgiveness.
Creative expression is threaded through all of our lessons as a way to actively engage students in mind, body, and spirit. Giraffe and jackal puppets are used to introduce the students to NVC. The giraffe represents communication with compassion and empathy, while the jackal represents when fear and judgement block compassion.
As our students find unique ways to explore and engage their emotions, they are equipped to integrate these lessons as a path toward internal healing of trauma that in turn leads to an ability to engage with their peers and communities with confident compassion.
Recited by House of Hope students at the start of every school day