Skoll Awardee Manchester Bidwell’s international expansion was featured in the news on Sunday. Excerpts from the article:
“’We have much to learn from Pittsburgh. There’s a need for a vocational center like that,’ said Elad Strohmayer, deputy consul general of Israel for the Mid-Atlantic.
The Israeli center will be located in Akko, or Acre, a city with about a 75-25 percent split of Jews and Arabs. Mark Frank, a volunteer helping to start it, said the site may open as a demonstration project and then expand to accommodate 100 students in three to five years. ‘It’s unfortunate that the Israeli Arabs and Israeli Jews have all too little contact with each other,’ Frank said. ‘This would be one possibility that, if history is any lesson, kids will come together and get to do something they love to do in a mixed, shared, social setting.’
…[Strickland] expects to open the center in Israel first, London second, and then Japan. If he gets Arabs and Jews interacting in a classroom, he may accomplish what diplomats try to do.
‘When people have a reason to live, they don’t have a reason to die,’ Strickland said. ‘Terrorism thrives on ignorance and illiteracy. This therapy will work there.'”
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