World ORT Kadima Mada Educates for Life in Israel

Its robust nationwide programs encompass diversity, tolerance and mutual understanding

 

Teen students in Kfar Silver youth village
Teen students in Kfar Silver youth village

In Israel, World ORT Kadima Mada (Science Journey) educational programs for disadvantaged youth and young adults enable thousands to obtain a solid academic foundation and skills for rewarding careers. Established in 2007, Kadima  Mada focuses on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) instruction in its educational network, affiliated schools, YOUniversity Centers, partnership with technical colleges and Kav-Or framework in hospitals; and it widens educational options in under-resourced peripheral areas of Israel to rival those in central areas.

YOUniversity Centers of Excellence after-school initiative offers courses in STEM, robotics, architecture and other subjects to a diverse range of students. Collaborative learning with industry experts, Jewish values and exciting competitions make YOUniversity popular with students of all ages.

A resident of the Arab town Beit Hanina, Haitham has attended YOUniversity  for three years.  He has studied how to design and build robots, and how to work harmoniously in a team. Its good for life.  Ive learned about the infrastructure of machines and how things work, which will help me in the future.  My parents are happy to see me learning and meeting new people, Haitham says.  

Haitham, a Beit Hanina YOUniversity student
Haitham, a Beit Hanina YOUniversity student

The 2017 top high schools in Israel chosen by the Ministry of Education include three in the Kadima Mada educational network.  In Hodayot and Kfar Hassidim youth villages, and in the Levinson high school in Kiryat Yam, youth at risk facing academic challenges learn how to succeed.  The criteria for ranking the high schools include the percentage of students studying science at the highest level; the number of students graduating with distinction; the percentage of graduates inducted into the IDF and other factors, all Kadima Mada objectives as well.

Two years after we established our network, half its members are among the best, said Kadima Mada National Director Avi Ganon, recently appointed the new Director General/CEO of World ORT.

Avi Ganon, Director General/CEO of World ORT
Avi Ganon, Director General/CEO of World ORT

Our schools provide a supportive environment; we take responsibility for developing the values and personalities of our students, said Ofer Yerushalmi, the principal in Hodayot, where many students are immigrants who failed in the traditional academic system. The key to success are the teachers, who help students overcome distress theyve experienced in their lives, he explained. 

Ofer Yerushalmi, principal of high school in Hodayot youth village
Ofer Yerushalmi, principal of high school in Hodayot youth village

Diversity in action, advancement and tikkun olam: ORT enriches over 300,000 people globally, and makes the world a better place. Learn more here.

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