Advancing Democratic Values in Israeli-Arab Schools

Advancing Democratic Values in Israeli-Arab Schools

Rationale: Most Israeli-Arab youth are growing up in a culture where the interests of the clan take precedence over democratic values and where critique of the system or of “the elders” is strongly discouraged. LGG seeks to inspire a cultural shift among the youth by educating them towards a more democratic approach to leadership and encouraging them to take action to influence the system.

Activities: “Promoting Democratic Values Among Israeli-Arab Youth” is an unprecedented, educational outreach initiative to raise awareness of the corruption within Israeli-Arab local government and to present a more democratic, alternative model. Over the course of the 2017-2018 school year, LGG will run educational workshops for hundreds of high school students across the Israeli-Arab sector. The workshops explore the values of transparency, freedom of information, the Rule of Law and civic activism focusing on examples of positive changes and the movement towards a more democratic approach within the Israeli-Arab sector. The goal is to expose the students to the damage caused by the traditional, undemocratic system in contrast to the benefits of a more democratic model.

Although LGG does not expect a single workshop to transform deeply ingrained, cultural beliefs but by designing thought-provoking workshops that encourage debate and critical thinking, the goal is to plant the seeds of change in ways of thinking among the students. Furthermore, many of the students participating in the workshops will be first-time voters in the October 2018 municipal elections. Although LGG is strictly a-political and nonpartisan, the upcoming elections render the workshops extremely relevant to the local and contemporary context.

In 2017-2018, the program is being implemented on a pilot basis - should it be successful, LGG hope to work in partnership with educational experts and organizations to develop more in depth, educational projects.

This program is run in conjuction with schools in the Israeli-Arab sector. 


Lawyers for Good Governance
LGG’s mission is to promote transparency, encourage greater civic involvement and fight corruption within local government in the Israeli-Arab sector. By improving the functioning of Israeli-Arab local government and the quality of the services they provide to their constituents, LGG seeks to advance the socioeconomic standing of the Israeli-Arab sector. Corruption, nepotism and abuse of power are widespread among Israeli-Arab municipalities. This is mainly due to the traditional and clan- ...
Advancing Democratic Values in Israeli-Arab Schools
P.O. Box 5097
Nazareth 16000