Arab and Jewish kids in Israel plant a coexistence garden

More than 300 Arab and Jewish Israeli children recently joined forces to create a sustainable garden at the Al-Hayat School in the Arab town of Kfar Qassem in central Israel. The Kfar Qassem kids were joined in the project by children from the nearby Jewish community of Kfar Saba.

Hydroponically grown flowers greet visitors to the Green Roofs garden at the Al-Hayat School in Kfar Qassem

The “Green Roofs” project, under the auspices of the Peres Center for Peace and Innovation, was funded by USAID.

For several months leading up to the planting of vegetables, spices, perennials, and hydroponic plants, the seventh-graders learned about sustainability, environmental responsibility, climate crisis, and consumer culture.

The program also served to connect the two neighboring communities, create understanding among the youth and encourage activism to promote coexistence.

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