The A.Ofri International Training Center

          “We must educate the soul and not just the mind”         

Abraham Heschel 
Jewish philosopher and educator

Education is the bedrock of society. Basic conceptions about education have been changing in recent years throughout the world, spurred by phenomena that accompanied the arrival of the new millennium. Immigration patterns, demographic growth, the Internet and globalization have significantly influenced thinking about the development of human resources. The concept of a “knowledge-based economy” has become central to worldwide development efforts.

Today, in the information age, a country is as strong as the knowledge it holds. The development of any nation rests with its human capital and its ability to generate new ideas and foster skills. Education is the foundation of the economic, social and civil development of any nation; it increases human well-being, and is a decisive factor in enabling people to become productive and responsible members of society. A fundamental prerequisite for development is an effective educational system that is accessible to all.

The role of the educator has changed: educators are facilitators who allow the strengths of all children to emerge. The new challenge is to be more than “just a teacher” – it is to become an educator who considers the safety, concerns, and the communities to which children belong to enable them to understand their role in the world and discover how they can make it a better place.

                                       

 
 

A Window to Innovations in Education

“Who dares to teach must never cease to learn” 
 John Cotton Dana

The Aharon Ofri International Training Center was established in 1989 by Haigud Society for Transfer of Technology, as a professional affiliate of MASHAV, Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Ofri Center works in cooperation with Israel’s Ministry of Education.

Since its establishment, the Ofri Center has trained thousands of participants from all over the world, introducing them to the wealth of knowledge and experience accumulated in Israel, and presented by top experts in the field of social development. The Ofri Center contributes to the sustainable development of human resources.

The main area of activities is in the field of education. As stated in the Dakar Framework for Action: “Education for All: Meeting our Collective Commitments”, and adopted by the World Education Forum in April 2000, “Education is a fundamental human right. It is the key to sustainable development and peace and stability within and among countries, and thus an indispensable means for effective participation in the societies and economies of the twenty-first century.”
The Ofri Center offers a holistic and inclusive approach to education-related issues, the belief being that education should be flexible and adapt itself to the individual.
The Ofri Center focuses on learning at all levels, from elementary and secondary school to adult education, and provides professional training for developing basic skills, civic awareness and education for special populations.
The Ofri Center trains key personnel and agents of change in education in capacity building programs in Israel and conducts consulting missions and workshops abroad, aiming to transfer the knowledge gained in Israel in a manner that best suits the partner country’s development strategies.
The Ofri Center cooperates with senior staff at Israel’s Ministry of Education, academic experts and governmental and non-governmental organizations. In addition, it cooperates with key international organizations such as UNESCO, OECD, USAID, UNOCD, IOM, the World Bank and the OAS.

Target Population

The Ofri Center’s international activities are designed for senior staff of formal and informal educational systems, government officials and senior staffs of NGOs coming from developing countries – all of whom can serve as agents of change. The Center’s guiding principle is to address the specific needs of each country and organization requesting human resource development following a demand-driven approach.

The Center maintains direct contact with the participants and their affiliated institutions both prior to and following the programs, whether in Israel or abroad.

The Haigud Society for Transfer of Technology