Education before all: In 2020, too, the gaps between the periphery and the center appear to signal in every area: employment, transport, health and of course education. From the data published on the Ministry of Education's website (“Transparency in Education”), regarding the percentage of students eligible for adulthood throughout the country, there is a significant gap between those studying at the center and those studying at the periphery. According to the data, the percentage of students who do not qualify for a high school diploma in the south and north is about 30% higher than the other municipal districts (except Jerusalem).
Even when looking at the relative percentage of students enrolled in 5 units of mathematics and English, there appear to be gaps – the percentage of students enrolled in 5 units of math in the south and north is about 25% lower than the center.
The situation is more acute in computer science studies, where the ratio between the periphery and the center is almost twice the size of the learners. The fact that there is a gap in both the quality of the matriculation certificate and the number of students who qualify for a matriculation certificate between the center students and the peripheral students repeatedly indicates the dramatic differences in the education system and the need to strive for equal opportunities in education, so that every child, whether he is Dimona, Yeruham, Kiryat Shmona Safed, Ramat Hasharon or Ramat Gan will be given the same tools to succeed in the future.
About two years ago, he began working in the Galilee (former Nazareth elite) KKL-JNF excellence. It is an educational, technological and entrepreneurial center that includes empowerment activities and life skills development, whereby teens and teens can enjoy, at no cost, from an environment. Formal studies. The boys and girls are strengthened in their studies to improve their matriculation exams. The classes are conducted in small classrooms, with professional teachers and personally accompanied by mentors.
The JNF House of Excellence is part of the 2040 Vision of the Jewish National Fund – “Israeli Relocation – JNF Builds the Land of Tomorrow,” a vision that the Company has set for public benefit under the leadership of JNF Chairman Daniel Atar as a target for years to come. Objective: Strengthening the periphery and turning it into the State of Israel's growth engine. An integral part of this is investing in education and reducing gaps in the area between the periphery and the center.
KKL-JNF provides a multidisciplinary space for youth, enabling learning, empowerment and leisure to be integrated. The concept of KKL-JNF's activities is that combining learning, empowerment and leisure content will help the youth to realize their potential to the best of their ability. The results can already be seen in the data presented by the city after one year of activity of the JNF: a 10% increase in the number of students eligible for adulthood.
At the Yigal Alon school in the city, the percentage of those entitled to matriculation in the academic year of the school year was 78.6%, compared with 68.9% in the previous school year, when the national average for eligibility for matriculation in the year of school was 69.9%. Ort Sharet School also saw a significant increase: 79.6% of the students were eligible for matriculation in 5779, compared with 66.7% the previous year. Improvement was also noted in the number of students who took the matriculation exam with a total of 5 units in mathematics.
Tools, framework and hope
“The KKL-JNF in the Galilee landscape is a multiplier that produces results, and I am delighted to cooperate with the Knesset Existing Israel, headed by Danny Atar, for the Kadima education march, for excellence and for realizing the potential of each student,” says Ronen Plot, Mayor of the Galilee Landscape. The KKL-JNF excellence in the city is witnessing a significant increase in the number of people who qualify for high school diplomas. The practical investment in students, their studies in the small classrooms and the amazing atmosphere in the home produce a quality education that is also a lever for the arrival of young families to the Galilee landscape. “
“I am proud to lead such an important project that provides tools, a framework and, above all, hope for the Galilee and Negev children, and welcomes the increase in eligibility data for adulthood,” says JNF chairman Daniel Atar. “The other data indicating deep gaps between the center and the periphery are of concern, and should be taken with full seriousness. Other JNFs will soon be opened in the Galilee and the Negev, and I hope that these gaps will also be reduced.”
As mentioned, KKL-JNF will soon open in other cities in the Galilee and the Negev – in Sderot, Kiryat Shmona, Safed and Migdal Haemek. In July, KKL-JNF will open in Kiryat Malachi, which will be the first KKL-JNF in the southern region. “The potential of the youths in Kiryat Malachi and will give them equal opportunity,” says Kiryat Malachi Malachi Mayor Eliyahu Zohar. “The goal is to extend success in formal settings even after school hours, and it is good that we have loyal partners on the road like JNF.”
The article is published in collaboration with JNF