November 20, 2017
The first week of the course “Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the Education System” has been a complete breakthrough in our mindset. The week combined lectures on the specificities of the Israeli Society and Educational System, a look at education through the lens of philosophy, disruptive innovation and pedagogical approaches of past and present. Apart from this, we had the chance to directly see how different actors in the educational system lead innovative and disruptive initiatives for the transformation of education. A few examples of this are the visit to Bilu School in Ra’anana where we could see how the educational staff prepares children for authentic leadership by taking into account their intelligence, emotional and social skills. The visit highlighted the relevance of teachers in creating a suitable environment for the children to feel the warmth of a big family within the school. Moreover, the week allowed us to take a closer look into a center of teacher development and lifelong training based on the needs of future education. Apart from preparing this children for the hectic pace of life, teachers also need to catch up on the new trends and develop the skills required for addressing future challenges.  

Through the other lectures of the programme we realized that we –as human beings-, cannot survive and keep up with the fast-paced changes unless we are part of a community of thinking. To think, means to be ready to adapt to transformations and, whenever needed, to become the transformation ourselves. Transformation could mean changing and improving current methodologies, practices or approaches -based on societal needs-, as well as anticipating future trends or developments of the same society. Moreover, the latter could also materialize in the form of a disruptive innovation, i.e. the transformation would be represented by a complete breakthrough in the social, economic or political systems.  

Our next visit to the Bible Lands Jerusalem Museum and also the visit to the ancient Fortress of Masada have proven that we are inseparable from our past and that we cannot be prepared for the future unless we have a clear acceptance and knowledge of our past. Furthermore, both visits have shown a clearer image of what the real technology is. Nowadays, we tend to associate technology exclusively with information and communication technologies; however, technology actually is the ability of using the tools at your disposal for creating a new device, method or approach. If we adopt this comprehensive and holistic vision, we can actually realize that technology has always existed through the history of mankind, shaping and modelling our society through centuries. 

The week has proven that innovation in the education system and across every other system is an ongoing process that requires a full involvement and comprehension of the current and future societal needs. The latter requires an evaluation from a futuristic and retrospective perspectives and a constant assessment of the current societal needs from an every young child to an elderly generation.
Mariam, Alessia, Samjana, Machira, Khin