Event: ‘Curricula in the Middle East’


hecymsTIME: Monday 28th November 2016,13:00 – 14:00

VENUE: Committee Room 19, House of Commons, Palace of Westminster, SW1A 1AA

Hay Eytan Cohen Yanarocak, Tel Aviv University
Marcus Sheff, CEO, IMPACT

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Curricula are one of the most powerful tools to mitigate extremist influences and can be key to achieving the tolerant and open-minded societies of the future. We learn about ourselves from the world we see reflected around us; when we see values of tolerance and curiosity, we will mirror them. But textbooks can also be where negative influences — skewed historical narratives, hatred of others, gender inequalities and even political violence – can take root. Young minds are impressionable, perhaps particularly in places of instability, and an undercurrent of racism, sexism or violence can sow a seed which can lead eventually to distrust or destruction.

By kind invitation of John Spellar MP, The Henry Jackson Society is pleased to invite you to an event with Hay Eytan Cohen Yanarocak and Marcus Sheff. Mr Yanarocak will present his new report Turkey’s Curriculum Under Erdoğan: The Evolution of Turkish Identity. The report gives and overview of Turkish textbooks in recent years and extrapolates messages about the identity being foisted upon schoolchildren. Meanwhile Mr Sheff will review standards of peace and tolerance in the current Palestinian, Isreali and Iranian curricula. He will also discuss the work of IMPACT, a research, policy and advocacy organization that monitors and analyzes textbooks, employing standards on peace and tolerance.

Hay Eytan Cohen Yanarocak is a researcher at the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies at Tel Aviv University.

Marcus Sheff is the CEO of IMPACT. He is a former journalist at The Jerusalem Post and served as a foreign correspondent in Israel. He has advised international leaders and politicians, and lectured widely.


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