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Preventing Students Dropout and Facilitating Reintegration

The Youth At-Risk Preventing Students Dropouts and Facilitating Reintegration programme 2014 started on 12th May and has so far been very inspiring, informative, and insightful. 

Twenty-one participants from several countries around the world are meeting daily to discuss, share, and analyze issues affecting the ‘at-risk youth of our various countries.

We have had some thought provoking and interactive discussions, planning activities all relating to ways and means in which we can help our at-risk students and prevent them either dropping out of school or to help them get reintegrated into the school system. All this is aimed at assisting them in achieving their education.

There are two categories of – Youth At-risk’:  Unattached Youth and Dropouts.  The unattached youth refers to youth who do not study or work in any formal setting for an extended period.  Dropouts are of two categories: the covert and the overt.

In Israel the law of the land is that every child must go to school. They understand that their only and main resource is their human resource.  Every effort is made to have the child (6 to 18 years) receive education.  There are several institutions and organizations that work together to put programmes and structures in place to meet every child’s educational needs.  Some of the programmes are: SHACHAR  MIFTAN and MABAR..  A few of the services provided are:  Youth Centers, Therapy Centers, Youth Health Centers, Community Activities, Parent Groups, tutoring in and out of school.  These are centers where programmes are designed to meet students’ individual needs and goals. 

    

Working with Youth  At-Risk calls for sacrifice, commitment, perseverance, love, patience, sympathy and passion. 

The nation of Israel has realized that it is important to invest in its youth.  When they are educated, and good values are instilled in them from an early age, there will be no fear of the future.  They are ensuring that the next generation is fully equipped to take over the mantle and to carry on the legacy that the older generation will leave behind.

We will take the many strategies and new innovations back to our various countries, share with colleagues in our various fields of work and endeavor to implement them.

Thank you MASHAV for this wonderful opportunity.  

Done by Pauline Njanga, Mona Green and Aaron Sefako.