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  • IMPACT-SE on "Overcoming UNESCO Shortcomings - Proposing A New Methodology for Textbook Research"
    Lecture at GEI-Colloquium - May 2, 2012 (PDF Version, 36 kb)
    Article I 3 of UNESCO constitution, states that "with a view to preserving the independence, integrity and fruitful diversity of the cultures and educational systems of the States Members […] the Organization is prohibited from intervening in matters which are essentially within their domestic jurisdiction". Hence UNESCO monitoring is limited to sending non-mandatory questionnaires to which many member states do not respond, and it has no way to verify any answers submitted. In 2010, IMPACT-SE Institute, as an expert in schoolbook monitoring, was put in contact by the Chirac Foundation with UNESCO officials in charge of the Global Report “Education for All” in view of supplementing its content, which is mostly quantitative, with qualitative data referring to respect of others, promotion of tolerance and peaceful resolution of conflicts. This lecture focused on IMPACT-SE's methodology of six research.
  • IMPACT-SE on German TV
    March 15, 2011
    IMPACT-SE's CEO Shelley Shandor Elkayam was interviewed by a newscast on German television about the widespread trend in Hamas education to deny the holocaust, as well about the tendency in their school education to deny reality and truth. Our point of view is that governmental authorities do not promote cultural understanding and cooperation by falsifying facts and by renaming sites which have been well-accepted for 1,700 years. Click here to see the video clip from the interview.
  • IMPACT-SE Debates "School and Prejudices" at the French National Assembly
    February 10, 2011
    The conference chaired by MP and former minister Bernard Debré on the theme "School and prejudices - Does school still contribute to combating biases and prejudices?" took place at the French National Assembly on the initiative of IMPACT-SE. The conference moderated by IMPACT-SE representative Patrick Pilcer turned around the testimonies of Yannick Trigance, Annick Azerhad, Edith Cresson, Michel Payen and a paper on pedagogic schemes for pinpointing and dispelling prejudices by Yohanan Manor.
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    Pour la version française, cliquez ici.
  • IMPACT-SE Presentation at European Parliament
    November 2008
    IMPACT-SE presented some of its latest research at a breakfast briefing at the European Parliament on November 11, entitled: “The Way to Peace in the Middle East: the Role of School Education and Cultural Tolerance through Schoolbooks.” The presentation highlighted the contrast between the two prevailing currents in Middle Eastern education in the area of education for tolerance and peace, as evident in recent IMPACT-SE reports and research: the extremist curricula of Hamas and Saudi Arabia versus the more tolerant stream represented by Tunisian and Israeli curricula. The presentation was followed by a lively question and answer session attended by Members of the European Parliament, a representative of the European Commission, Egyptian and Lebanese representatives and various civil society activists. Much enthusiasm was expressed by several Members of the European Parliament over the positive example embodied in the Tunisian curriculum, laying the foundations for future events at the European Parliament surrounding the concept of education for peace and tolerance in the Middle East.
    Supporting document: PowerPoint Presentation (pdf, 297 kb)
  • IMPACT-SE at the International Conference on Anti-Semitism: Anti-Semitism in Middle Eastern Schoolbooks
    November 6, 2008
    IMPACT-SE gave a presentation entitled ‘The Jews’ Image in Current Middle Eastern Schoolbooks’ at the International Conference on Anti-Semitism at the Centre of Middle Eastern Studies, Faculty of Philosophy and Arts, the University of West Bohemia in Pilsen, the Czech Republic, on November 6, 2008. The presentation, based on a decade of research by IMPACT-SE on the schoolbooks of Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Syria and the Palestinian Authority, points to the following grave conclusions: a fierce anti-Jewish campaign is being waged in Middle Eastern curricula with clear racist and even murderous characteristics. Jews are demonized, both as a nation and as individuals, at times by using European anti-Semitic notions. A culture of hate towards the Jewish people is being created in Middle Eastern schools, and one can even say that the minds of Arab and Iranian youngsters are being set for a new Holocaust.
    Supporting document: PowerPoint presentation (pdf, 2.52 mb)
  • IMPACT-SE's Report on Iranian Textbooks Discussed on Iranian VOA Program (Video)
    March 25, 2008
    IMPACT-SE participated in an hour long discussion on the popular Persian program "Round Table," produced by Voice of America (VOA), regarding the Iranian school curriculum and IMPACT-SE's report. Dr. Saeed Paivandi of Paris-8 University, who just published a similar report regarding Iran's educational system under the Islamic regime for the Freedom House, also participated.
  • Discussion Panel on "Iranian Textbooks: Preparing Iranís Children for Global Jihad"
    Hudson Institute, Washington, DC, March 10, 2008
    As debates rage about Iranís nuclear intentions, educational textbooks may serve as one of the more candid guides for discerning this regimeís worldview and ideology. IMPACT-SE researchers covered the Iranian reportís detailed findings and discussed the implications for the United States and the rest of the international community.
    Supporting document: PowerPoint Presentation (pdf, 1.23 mb)
  • "Attitudes toward Jews in schoolbooks issued by the PA Ministry of Endowments & Religious Affairs"
    Briefing, Jerusalem, Jan. 8, 2008
    Eradicating incitement from Palestinian schools has been a central theme in negotiations since the Oslo accords. President Bush himself has demanded that educators "Teach values and moral responsibility in schools." In light of President Bush's visit to Israel and the Palestinian Authority, CMIP is hosting this briefing to examine religious textbooks for 7th-12th grade students in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.
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  • "Palestinian School Books: Educating New Generations in Hate and Jihad?"
    May 15, 2007
    CMIP has monitored the seven-year process, examining the attitude expressed in the books to the "other" and to peace. The findings are extremely worrying: The PA textbooks do not educate for peace with Israel. Rather, they promote the ideal of a violent struggle for liberation against Israel in its integrality.
  • The Testimony of an Iranian Woman: Ms. Ghazal Omid
    By Ghazal Omid - Feb. 8, 2007
    On February 8, 2007, Ms. Ghazal Omid--Human Rights, Women Rights and political activist, author of Living in Hell, and a Shi'a Islam scholar--presented her testimony at the British House of Commons, as an Iranian woman who had experienced the Iranian educational system. This is the contents of her testimony.
  • Conference in French: "Les manuels scolaires palestiniens : L'enseignement de la haine" ("Palestinian Schoolbooks: Teaching Hate")
    Video in French (83 mn) - Tel-Aviv, Dec. 2006
    Plan de la conférence : Les critères de lecture des manuels ; La présentation du rapport à l'autre (09m 57s) ; Le contenu idéologique des ouvrages ; Israël, responsable de tous les maux (12m 05s) ; Une éventuelle lueur d'espoir ; Le sionisme vu autrement (14m 28s) ; Question n°1 : Quel est l'impact des manuels sur la jeunesse ? (06m 11s) ; Question n°2 : La Shoah pourrait-elle être abordée ? (07m 01s) ; Questions n°3-4-5 : Le Hamas et l'évolution islamiste des manuels (12m 49s)