Inspired by a successful model operating in Northern Ireland, the Shared Learning program "twins" an Arab and Jewish classroom through a mutually chosen curricular topic, identified to be of importance to both schools. The Abraham Initiatives mentors the teachers and principals through this process, leading to a series of 8-10 shared classes, taught together by both teachers, and alternating in location between the two schools.
Shared Learning represents a compelling model for eroding the separation of the Jewish and Arab school systems in Israel. Early support has been attained from the Headquarters for Civic Education at the Ministry of Education, who are financial and technical partners in testing this model, and analyzing if it has the ability to be replicated across the school systems in Israel.
The Shared Learning program is funded by the United States Agency for International Development.