I have a dream that all children of the world will be given the wisdom to make the right decisions, so that they may live a life full of certainty, joy, sharing and most importantly - the ability to control their fate"
Karen Berg, founder of "Kids Creating Peace"
The vision of "Kids Creating Peace" is to foster youth in Israel and the Palestinian Authority as leaders of tomorrow, who seek reconciliation and strive for peace. Out of the belief that the acceptance and respect towards others begins with a sense of competence and self-worth, the association's educational programs encourage personal development and provide youth with universal tools for coping with personal and interpersonal challenges, promoting tolerance and human dignity.
The children of today are tomorrow's adults and decision makers. How may we, as parents and educators, equip them with the right tools to create a better future, in which over the abyss of conflicts, intolerance and violence they shall build bridges of trust and communication?
Our educational programs stem from the belief that children and teens need practical tools to cope with the challenges of life, and that once they feel more confident they are able to accept people different from them and avoid prejudice. KCP's unique approach is based on the notion that learning deep and transformational concepts as well as actively creating and working together has major impact on a productive youth dialogue.
We believe that through the educational programs currently implemented by the organization we may teach the next generation to better communicate over the barriers of fear of the other, differences in culture, language, religion and stereotypes.
"Kids Creating Peace" is an educational non-profit organization and not a political organization. The Association organizes educational sessions that include activities aimed at developing life skills, emotional intelligence and a sense of self-worth and self-esteem among youth. Young people who take part in the organization's activities receive powerful tools to lead processes that will promote tolerance and human brotherhood, learn about themselves and the way to realize their potential.
The multicultural sessions focus on personal development, creating interpersonal communication skills and breaking walls of fear and prejudice. The educational tools applied in the sessions were designed to help youth to empower themselves, expose them to new experiences, to acquire self-confidence, give them the feeling that they are able to form friendships beyond language and/or culture barriers and learn to work both independently and as part of a strong team.
When youth are given, as part of the organization's activities, practical tools to cope with the challenges of life, they feel more confident and are able to accept and respect people which are different from them and avoid prejudice and violence.
Out of years of practical experience in the field of personal development and dialogue, we ask ourselves: what would the Israeli - Palestinian conflict look like today if every Israeli had at least one friend on the Palestinian side, and each Palestinian had at least one friend on the Israeli side?
There is no doubt that both sides have significant challenges to deal with. As an educational organization, we do not seek to offer solutions to the national conflict on a political level, we avoid a dialogue which content is to determine who is right and who is to blame, or offer ways to manage arrangements between the leaderships and where to draw the border. However we cannot ignore the fact that one dimension of the conflict is between nations - it is a conflict between people - and conflicts between people can be solved by creating communication, understanding, listening and bridging over walls.
When young people from both nations and sides meet in a framework which focuses on providing self-confidence and tools for the establishment of interpersonal dialogues, people find commonalities between them on the most basic and humane level, new and honest relationships are formed based on listening and respect which provide hope for a better future of peace, tolerance, avoiding violence and respectful relations between the two nations.