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Ahmad Hijazi, Supervisor of Facilitation Training (In Memoriam)

Ahmad Hijazi, was the former Supervisor of Facilitation Training for the Center for Transformative Education and former director of the School for Peace, located in the village of Wahat al-Salam/Neve Shalom from 1995 to 1997. Born in Tamara in Northern Israel, Ahmad first came to Wahat al-Salam/Neve Shalom in 1984 as a teenager to attend the School for Peace with his high school class. In that School for Peace workshop, Ahmad met with his Jewish Israeli peers in a meaningful way for the first time. It was a pivotal experience in his life. Thereafter he trained as a School for Peace facilitator and studied sociology and education at Hebrew University, where he obtained a Masters degree. In 1992, Ahmad and his wife moved to Neve Shalom/Wahat Al-Salam. Ahmad co-designed our Facilitation Training Course, and co-facilitated the course the first time we offered it at the University of San Francisco.

On August 20, 2012, Ahmad and his son Adam passed away in a car accident while on vacation in Zanzibar. A great human being, an amazing visionary, and one of the most influential facilitation trainers in the field of conflict transformation, we are devestated by this loss. We will also be grateful to Ahmad for playing a pivotal role in developing our Facilitation Training Course, and coming to the US to teach our inaugural courses at Columbia University and the University of San Francisco in 2009.

Rest in peace, brother. Your legacy will continue to inspire us.

You can learn more about Ahmad's influential life through a blog found on the Wahat al-Salam/Neve Shalom/Oasis of Peace website.