Since 1998, IMPACT-SE has engaged in the research of school textbooks,
teacher's guides and curricula used in the Palestinian Authority, Israel,
Syria, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Iran. It has published a dozen reports
which have been used by members of the US Congress, the
EU Parliament and the Israeli Knesset, to demand changes in the curricula
of Middle East countries, and to condition funds'
allocation accordingly. IMPACT-SE's reports have also been extensively
used by the media.
Below are some examples of the changes achieved as a result of
- IMPACT-SE's report on Iranian
school textbooks and teacher's guides was presented in major
cities in Europe between January-February 2007. Presentations
in the European Parliament, the British House of Commons and various
political and media centers in Brussels, Vienna, Paris, and London.
Following these presentations, IMPACT-SE's report received widespread
media coverage worldwide in more than
7 languages, including French, German,
Spanish, Portuguese, and Persian in the Iranian
media. Articles were published in: The Sun, Reuters,
Street Journal, Washington Times, Frontpage Magazine, Die
Standard, El Mundo, European Weekly, Iran-Va-Jahan, Daily
Times Pakistan, and many more. Click
here for a partial list of articles on IMPACT-SE's report on Iranian school
- IMPACT-SE's testimonies on "The
Role of Textbooks in the Middle East Conflict," which were presented
at a European Parliament conference in March 2006,
were placed on the official site of the European Parliament.
IMPACT-SE was asked to turn into a concrete proposal its suggestion that
European Parliament award an annual prize for the best school
textbooks promoting tolerance and respect of the "Other."
IMPACT-SE's report on "Jews,
Israel and Peace in Palestinian School Textbooks: 2000-2001"
the first textbooks produced by the Palestinian Authority--brought
the adoption by the European
Parliament of Amendment 177 to the EU budget regarding
its plan of action in the Middle East. It stipulated that "these
appropriations may not be used to support any actions, projects or
principles or views which are incompatible with the
fundamental values of the EU; rather, they may be used only for projects
peace, understanding, reconciliation and the breaking
down of hatred."
IMPACT-SE's first report on the "Palestinian
Authority School Textbooks,"
published in September
1998, was instrumental in including the
field of education in the mandate of the Tripartite
Committee against Incitement, set up by the Wye Accord.