"As a student of General Studies at Mark Rutherford Upper School I am used to talks on a variety of issues.
Prior to the presentation by Middle East Education my knowledge of the Arab-Israeli conflict was sketchy and in parts, contradictory. This was due to previous visits by other organisations, one from an Israeli group, and another telling from a Palestinian standpoint.
Although both said they would try and remain unbiased it was clear that they were trying to put forth the view of their people as correct and, maybe unsurprisingly, my knowledge from the media was not much different.
Thankfully, Middle East Education were different. I had my doubts when it was stated that all facts would be presented, but as the presentation continued I realised that this really was the case. It was informative, well constructed and unusually, we as students were not patronised.
We were left to construct our own views, which I appreciated. Thoughtful and fact based answers were given to the closing questions. Overall, an excellent presentation given by knowledgeable speakers, which I hope many more students will be able to see". Mark Rutherford School
"You came to our school to give us a PowerPoint presentation on the Middle East conflict.
I firstly believe that you were not biased towards any side in this topic, secondly teachers and students bombarded with you with a lot of tough questions and I thought you handled them with such composure and showed you were no pushovers and have heavily researched and read about this certain topic.
It was a great slideshow and a debate which you could go on and discuss for hours and even days." Isleworth Syon School
"The fact that they were on opposing sides but didn't share their own personal opinions in opposing ways showed great trust and value". Year 9, Wellington College
"I got both sides of the topic.". Sutton Valance
"It was a delight to see an example of co-operation and respect in the presentation of what is a complex and difficult issue". The Christian School Takeley
"Balanced. Lots of facts but also insights". Bristol Grammar
"The history behind the current events was most useful. A very informative talk". Sutton Grammar
"Thank you so much for coming nto School to talk to our VI form.
Your presentation was extremely interesting – you managed to compress a huge amount of material into less than an hour without sacrificing its intelligibility, and our pupils were clearly engaged by what you had to say. There was much in your address which we shall be following-up in Sixth Form seminar groups next week, and I know that the perspectives which you brought to bear on the issue will inform our discussions.
I hope very much that you will be able to come back into School at some point in the future". Ibstock Place School
"Many many thanks for the presentation that took place today.
It was really engaging and interesting and the students were very happy with th event as it made them think more deeply about this fascinating area". St Dunstan's College
"Students have said that it was very educational and they enjoyed it – thank you". Leventhorpe School
"Thanks for coming in the other week.
All students thought it was great, and they have definitely learned a lot more than I could have taught them (I've just marked the work that I set as a follow-up to your visit, and it is generally very good, I think).
I have recommended you to my colleague who teaches Philosophy and Ethics, and he will be contacting you in due course.
Similarly, I am thinking of some sort of follow-up for my students, perhaps concentrating on the possible ways forward from here. Do you have any ideas?" The Misbourne School
"I thought it was a very interesting talk and thought provoking, too". Samuel Whitbread Community College
"We very much valued your presentation. The subject matter was covered in a very clear fashion. It provoked discussion, which was the intention of the lecture.
It was great to have this subject matter communicated to them in a way that opened their eyes to the relevance to their lives&qot;. St Clement Danes School
"THANK YOU! Most definitely a fantastic worthwhile topic that 16-18 year olds need to know about" Blessed George Napier Catholic School, Banbury
"I enjoyed your presentation very much and found the facts illuminating.
I think the pictures and the maps helped to explain the situation and gave the audience an idea about the real people involved in the situation, beyond the headlines" St Bernard's Catholic School
"The content was relevant to the current conflict and has subsequently engaged the students in an important topic.
Ms B. put forward an unbiased point of view, which prompted questions from the audience. She touched on many theological and ethical issues" Knights Templar School
"The students thought it useful to have a liberal Arab viewpoint. Worth it alone to recognize the diversity within the Muslim world, and interplay of geopolitics and religion". Reed's School
"The students said that they were really pleased that Sami and Ruth actually answered their questions directly". St Helens and St Katherine
"The speakers were very good. Our Head and a visiting Head from China was very complimentary". Billericay School