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How does Israeli society find practical solutions to existing problems?

March 23, 2017

As it was programmed by our supervisor Mr. Ariel Cegla, we had a journey to Galilee Sea last week. This special trip gave us a chance to discover a very wonderful and symbolic geographical sites of Israel. During our tour we discovered the holy places of Christianism which are the Jordan River Baptismal Side, the Capernaum Church and another symbolic Church built by a famous apostle of Jesus named St. Peter. Thousands of tourists and pilgrim coming every day to be baptize in this holy river.

We had a great opportunity to visit educational institutions that work on prevention and treatment of youth at risk but each of them respond to a specific issue. Namely, the children and youth village “AHAVA” is a unique boarding school which responds to holistic model approach. In this case that, it is taking care of education, family and health of concerned.

Our group also saw another example of preventing youth at risk that is empowered by different approaches of volunteering work. The first principle of volunteering that we have learned is to discover the needs of targeted population. Second is to build strategies which can answer to their needs. And the last to be integrated as part of the society and work hand in hand with youth.

We also visited a particular school which takes care of drop outs whose families are in difficulties. Uniqueness of the school is based on taking into consideration the will of youth and delivering them multiple choices of pedagogical and extra-curricular activities.

In order to empower parental participation the school has a strong collaboration with “The meaningful parenting center” created by municipality. This is the only center in Israel that deals with educating, supporting, informing and sharing the parents’ experiences. 

Another workshop delivered by Ofri center was enriching the expertise and practice of non- and informal education. The workshop answered to the question “How to involve learners actively to the learning process.” The participants learned specific techniques of active learning in and out of classrooms and pedagogic tools which are efficient for that purpose.
To sum up, our professional visits proved us how Israeli society finds very practical solutions to prevent youth at risk and avoid drop outs issue. 

Written by: 

Venembouo Yeyap Jean Mesac (Cameroon)

Thet Shwe Sinn Hlaing (Myanmar)

Dinara Alimkhanova (Kazakhstan)