New Project Coordinator “Peace Education” – Maja Sojref

In January 2018 Maja Sojref joined the Willy Brandt Center as the new coordinator for the project “Education for Social Change”. She has since spent as much time as possible in the youth clubs and offices of our partner organisations, in order to learn more about them and their approaches to non-formal education.

“These youth movements are radically re-imagining the possibilities for Israeli-Palestinian cooperation. Against all odds, they are determined to find new ways. The region needs youth like them”, she says “and I feel very privileged to work with them.”

Maja is a policy, public affairs and communications specialist with experience in international organisations, NGOs and media in Berlin, London, Oxford and Jerusalem. Before joining the Willy Brandt Center she worked as press consultant for the OECD Berlin office.

Growing up in Berlin Maja, was an active member of SJD-Die Falken. During countless trips to Israel and Palestine, she discovered her passion for Middle Eastern politics, history and languages and fell in love with Jerusalem: “There is no place like Jerusalem. In Jerusalem you can see both the ugliest face of the conflict and a blueprint for solidarity and shared existence.”

IFM-SEI Presidium visit; Workshop on Peace Education – April 1, 2017

Willy Brandt Center celebrates the 10th anniversary of the Educational Project! Ten years of this project means ten years of cooperation and partnership between four youth movements of the Middle East. The toughest standpoint in a conflict zone is to advocate for peace and dialogue. This exactly is the commitment of IFM SEI – Middle East Cooperation from its very first steps till today.

The visit of the presidium of IFM-SEI gave opportunity not only to celebrate that anniversary but to elaborate the history of the cooperation: Its milestones and achievements as well as its hard times and difficulties and why we never think about giving up!

As Willy Brandt Center Jerusalem, there’s nothing left to say but: Respect and thanks for the trust to let us be part of this unique process and shining example of peace education! We are looking forward to accompany your struggle for the coming ten years and still optimistic that it won’t be long until the Educational Project’s position will be standard.