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14 April

| 2011 | 00:00

Community and Education: The Challenge of Cooperation

  • Free
  • Public
  • Radak 20, Jerusalem
  • Free
  • Public
  • Radak 20, Jerusalem
Community and Education: The Challenge of Cooperation

To mark a decade since the “Community Believes in Education” program was created, the Jerusalem Institute hosted a conference including speakers representing the organizations that initiated the project: The Jerusalem Foundation, The Jerusalem Municipality, Joint-Ashalim and The Israel Association of Community Centers. Additionally, insights from the field were presented by some of the program organizers and concluding remarks were made by the directors of the program.

Dr. Maya Hoshen described the work of the Institute that accompanied the program since its inception and performed an evaluation describing and characterizing the components of the program and analyzed its performance and its results.

The “Community Believes in Education” program suggests a holistic approach to the improvement of education and welfare for kids and youth in a local community-neighborhood outlook. The exclusivity of the program lays in the premise that strength, intelligence, knowledge and determination to advance the education for children and youth in the neighborhood, are found in the hands of the community. The innovation lays in the active partnership of the parents, children, school principals, community members and other professionals, to create improvement for the children in the area.

Throughout the years thousands of Jerusalem residents took part in the program, Jews and Arabs alike. In every Jerusalem neighborhood where the project is active, a steering committee was set up, made up of inhabitants and professionals that underwent special training that allows them to navigate the realization of their dream and the educational goals of the area. In this manner, inhabitants of certain neighborhoods took responsibility for their own destiny.