About

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 Aharon Ofri International Training Center was established in 1989 by Haigud Society for Transfer of Technology, as a professional affiliate of MASHAV. 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, 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 Center's international activities are designed for senior staff of formal and informal educational systems, government officials and senior staffs of NGOs - 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 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.

Following a holistic and integrative approach, the Ofri Center combines the educational experience of Israel as a living laboratory. Programs are designed based on: 1) commitment and engagement; 2) implementing functions or tasks; 3) attracting resources and support; 4) adaptation and self-renewal; 5) balancing coherence and diversity.

Key subject areas include: 

·         Education at the Service of National Projects

·         Curriculum Development

·         Teacher Training

·         Training of Principals, Teachers and Educational Inspectors

·         Training Teachers towards Education for Developing Sustainability

·         Training Teachers in Indigenous Areas

·         Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in Education

·         Education for Science and Technology

·         Special Education

·         Community Schools and Educational Initiatives

·         Adult Education

·         Education for gifted students and education for excellence

·         Programs for youth at risk and the reintegration into the educational system

·         Young Leadership

The Ofri Center conducts professional training and workshops introducing programs for raising public awareness and encouraging citizens' involvement. The program proposes methods for encouraging citizens' participation in civic life and raising awareness of governmental work processes. Topics and goals include raising citizens' civil and democracy awareness in the community; e-government including citizens' access to governmental processes; migration and immigration; prevention of drug abuse