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Title: Talking Kites Around the World


Summary

A tradition of flying kites with personal and group images of our dreams for a better world,
in the footsteps of J. Korczak


Description

Students make kites to fly as a massive tribute dedicated to advancing the cultural and social dialog, a symbol of bridging the gap and understanding the "other." This will hopefully become a continuous tradition of flying kites with personal and group images of our dreams for a better world, a world of co-existence, tolerance, acceptance of the "other" and peace.

"It is important in today's political climate that we express to the world that peace is within our grasp," said Adi Yekutieli, founder of the 10,000 Kites Project. Yekutieli, an artist, says he envisions "organized groups a wide spectrum of groups, adults, children, Israeli, Palestinian, citizens around the world coming together and each person will hold aloft a kite which he or she has decorated, as a symbol of dialogue, brotherhood and understanding of the other side. Each participant will be flying a kite with his or her thoughts, fears, dreams, and hopes."

Kites will be flown on the March Equinox. In 2018, kites will be flown on and around March 21, 2018. The project is dedicated to Janusz Korczak, who advocated for the rights of children.


Facilitators

  • Ruty Hotzen, Israel
  • Enid Figueroa, Orillas

Languages

Spanish, English

Student Age Levels

5-11 (Primary), 12-14 (Middle), 15-18 (Secondary)

Dates

October 2018 - June 2019

Possible classroom activities

Kites will be flown on and around March 21, 2018. We will start discussion in October 2017 in the forum.

In this project students will be learning about children' rights, learning about Korczak as a writer, and learning about Korczak's philosophy.

This Project is a space that promotes peace, respect, tolerance, the value of friendship, the importance of solidarity, awareness of the constructive resolution of conflicts and the search for harmony so that together we can contribute to a better world to live in.


Expected outcomes

Each participant will be flying a kite with his or her thoughts, fears, dreams, and hopes on March 21. Participants will send photos and films from the events.

The main outcome is the enhancement of important values, such as tolerance, acceptance of the "other", co-existence, listening, choosing dialog over force, universal solidarity etc. Also the workshops offer a satisfying venue for expressing feeling that is more acceptable and fruitful than violence.


Group contributions to others and/or the planet:

The project is a space that promotes peace, respect, tolerance, the value of friendship, the importance of solidarity, awareness of the constructive resolution of conflicts and the search for harmony so that together we can contribute to a better world to live in.


Curriculum area

human rights, arts, citizenship


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