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The Ein Kerem Agricultural School

The Ein Kerem Agricultural School is an experimental, PBL school that embraces social responsibility and social entrepreneurship as its leading values and incorporates ICT and innovative pedagogical methods into its learning. The school encourages students to be involved in their various spheres of belonging and to try to change their world for the better by taking initiative. The school believes strongly in bringing the “real” world into the classroom and taking the school out into the world for effective learning processes. There are currently 700 students studying at the Ein Kerem School.

A few examples of the school’s unique programs and projects include: 

The Little Prince Project, in which students are encouraged to learn the classic book by way of introspection – they are encouraged to create a project about their own journeys and development, based on the model presented in ‎Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s “The Little Prince.” The project includes studying the text, presenting a chapter of the book to the class and preparing posters showcasing select insights from the book.

The Citizenship in a Global Age Project, in which students are encouraged to apply critical thinking to determine the issues a citizen in a global, transforming world should be familiar with and form opinions about. The project is carried out by reading newspaper segments, watching videos, reading and understanding maps and more.

The Sustainability Project, in which each student must answer the question: Is there something each of us can do to preserve our world? The students were required to prepare presentations, create projects and make posters that became a “recipe book” for sustainable living. The project involved both individual and group learning, understanding data and information. It focused on ecology but also included biology, chemistry and physics.

As part of its education to social entrepreneurship, social responsibility and agricultural learning the school founded a natural soap factory in which high-school students and people with autism work together manufacturing natural soaps.

The Ein Kerem School’s agriculture education includes a petting zoo designed as an additional learning environment to the classroom. The students are involved in all aspects and processes in the petting zoo, such as caring for the animals, maintaining the zoo and more. The petting zoo includes a goat enclosure with a milking facility and a pond for water fowl with a filtering system.