The Hand-in-Hand school has been trying, since it was founded in 1998, to remove the alienation between Jews and Arabs through daily peaceful coexistence, by bringing together the two parallel education systems (one in hebrew, and one in arabic), giving children in Israel the opportunity to meet their schoolmates from the "other" part of the population, to learn and apply respect and tolerance. 580 mainly jewish and arab children can attend this school in Jerusalem, and there are other schools throughout Israel.
The school was originally designed to be a primary school and middle school, up to the age of 16, with a kindergarten in an annexe. The demand for this particular teaching approach, however, was such that the school now continues until the baccalaureate (aged 18/19). The academic performance of the schools has been vindicated by winning international competitions and prizes for the teaching methods used.
The Hand-in-Hand school is the epitome of a model of success, which is continually being developed, and in the future will constitute one of the supporting columns of peace for these population groups injured from all sides.