YOCOPAS Overview

Day 1: The first day of YOCOPAS was full of bonding activities within the family groups. We had the chance to connect to other students from other countries by personal introduction as well as some interesting and funny activities. Then, we moved to the Cardo area for the Bkind workshop. A representative from the organisation... Continue Reading →


Interview with Alexander Brakel

The Konrad Adenauer Foundation is funding YOCOPAS. What is the reason for doing so? What do you find interesting in this initiative of the school? The decision was taken by my predecessor, so I cannot exactly say what his reasons were, but I am pretty sure they are the same reasons why I would fund... Continue Reading →

YOCOPAS Opening Ceremony

All aboard the YOCOPAS airplane. More than fifty nationalities represented by EMIS students, ambassadors from Turkey, Guatemala, European Union, Union of the Mediterranean, guests, proud parents, students from Palestine, Spain, Denmark, amongst many others boarded the YOCOPAS airlines flight. All these people from different corners of the world, gathered in the same auditorium, with the... Continue Reading →

How Can MUN Simulations Lead to Peace Resolutions?

On the 28th and 29th of November, the EMIS Model United Nations (MUN) Club hosted a practice MUN Conference for students to discuss global issues as distinguished delegates, indicating an empowerment of youth and conflict resolution. In the context of such a complex and turbulent world where the Israeli-Palestinian conflict rages on, and where the... Continue Reading →

YOCOPAS Through Others

The 2016 Youth Organized Collaboration on Peace and Sustainability(YOCOPAS)  conference was held at EMIS, and was joined by students from eleven different schools. These schools were located in countries that are in conflict with each other such as Israel, Palestine, Gaza, and the West Bank. YOCOPAS was held in order to give people a chance... Continue Reading →

The Language of Food

During the YOCOPAS conference, I had the chance to participate in the Chefs Without Borders workshop. This workshop was focused on how food is used as a tool to connect people from different cultures. Two chefs, Avnet Laskin and Ezra Kadem, with three sous-chefs, guided us through the workshop. The two chefs have diverse backgrounds... Continue Reading →

YOCOPAS Opening Ceremony

At 5pm on October 26th, students from EMIS and nine other participating schools filled the Kfar Hayarok auditorium in anticipation of the opening ceremony of EMIS’s second annual Youth Organized Collaboration on Peace and Sustainability (YOCOPAS). There was an air of expectation for the ninety minute ceremony, only a list of the names of the... Continue Reading →

The Young and The Hopeful

The first time YOCOPAS came to life a year ago, we were just dreamers. YOCOPAS 2015, quickly organized and set up in a month, paved the path to a new platform for youth to achieve the impossible. But let’s clear up some ideas. YOCOPAS is the “Youth Organized Collaboration on Peace and Sustainability” and, as... Continue Reading →

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