Crossing the line

This week I am heading to the West Bank for work (!?!): Enhancing Technology Education in Palestinian Universities (etep).

I will be spending a week at Palestinian Universities participating in capacity building workshops around educational technology. The University I am visiting is preparing to set up a group like CCNMTL and we are going to consult and share our experiences around these efforts.

I am anxious and excited about the trip. I have visited Israel numerous times in my life, but have never crossed the green line. My knowledge of the situation on the ground has been hyper-mediated, and witnessing the it in person will likely be transformative. I am doubtful that my first-person accounts will lend much more credibility or persuasiveness to future debates, but I anticipate that my own understanding and assurance will grow.

There are times and places for protests and flytillas, but I am hopeful that collaborating around shared objectives, working together on projects, and introducing radical pedagogical interventions will have a significant impact on promoting peace over the long-term.

3 Responses to “Crossing the line”

  1. U
    July 9th, 2011 | 1:39 pm

    Sounds like a great opportunity, Jonah. Have a great trip! Let’s just hope you have been behaving yourself on Facebook:

  2. July 9th, 2011 | 10:01 pm

    as someone who has been an observer/virtual volunteer of OLPC, I’ll wait for a chance to hear about your work and see how it compares to the small and large pilots of OLPC which include that area of the world

  3. Mallory
    July 13th, 2011 | 7:15 am

    Hey, Jonah-

    I’m in Ramallah. Send me an email when you arrive; it would be great to see you if you’re not too busy.


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