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Education for Democracy in a Divided Society: The Israeli Case

The conference focuses on the challenges of implementing education towards democracy among different sectors of Israeli society while providing an international comparison. Participants will included educators from the Ministry of Education and local authorities, academics and civil society organizations.

15:00 Registration

15:15 - 16:30 Greetings and Opening Remarks

Prof. Mordechai Kremnitzer, Senior Fellow, the Israel Democracy Institute (IDI), Past Chair of the Committee for Civic Education in the Ministry of Education

Dr. Beatrice Gorawantschy, Director Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, Israel

Education for Democracy: From Theory to Practice

Dr. Tammy Hoffman, Head, Education Policy Program, the Israel Democracy Institute (IDI)

Promoting Education for Democracy: Lessons Learned from the German Experience

A Conversation with Prof. Hermann J. Abs, Chairperson of the Scientific Advisory Board at the Federal Agency for Civic Education, Germany; University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany, and Dr. Tammy Hoffman

Educators' Perspectives on Education for Democracy: Results of a Delphi Survey

Dr. Tammy Hoffman and Meital Baron, Education Policy Program, IDI


16:45 - 17:45

Education for Democracy: The Perspectives of Diverse Groups in Israeli Society: Roundtable Discussions

Ultra-Orthodox Education

Chair: Ettie Binder, Supervisor Haredi Department, Ministry of Education

Arab Education

Chair: Dr. Sharaf Hassan, Head of the High Follow-up Committee on Arab Education; Oranim College

State Education (Secular)

Chair: Yael Ne'eman, Director Lautman Foundation

Religious-Zionist Education

Chair: Ruhama Gebel Redman, Director of the Yesodot Association (the Center for Torah and Democracy)


18:00 - 18:45

Education for Democracy: In Policy and on the Ground

Chair: Yael Ne'eman, Director, the Lautman Foundation

Reem Zreiq, Director of the Department of Education, Eilaboun Local Council

Kim Segal Folkman, Director, BETA—Beginning and Establishing Teachers Association, Jerusalem Municipality

David Simchon, Director of Social Relations, AMIT Educational Network



Dr. Tammy Hoffman

Adv. Anat Thon Ashkenazy, Director of the Center on Democratic Values and Institutions, the Israel Democracy Institute