Instagram unites AMIT students with secular, Arab peers
Students from Yeshivat AMIT Eliraz in Petach Tikva are taking part in a pilot program aimed at bringing together students from different backgrounds and promoting acceptance and diversity through the positive use of social media.
Three classes of 10th-graders—religious, secular, and Arab—were invited to participate in the program called #ourisraelistory. With the guidance of instructors from Facebook, the teens connected through Instagram in an effort to get to know one another better and recently met offline at Facebook’s offices in Israel.
The students took part in workshops about ways to create positive dialogue through social media, particularly on Instagram, which appears to be the students’ preferred platform.
The students from Yeshivat AMIT Eliraz in Petach Tikva left the workshops feeling that they can influence the discourse among youth and prevent incitement or bullying against individuals or specific groups. Next month, all the program’s participants will be hosted at the AMIT school for a final gathering.
“In these days of elections and divisions, we welcome the opportunity given to our students to be part of the young leadership striving toward unity and acceptance of the other, especially on social media,” said Rabbi Yair Chetboun, the school’s principal.