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Education projects

Establishment of a "Mini Science Park" In "Avishur" Elementary School Yard Background

Arad

Avishur Elementary School is one of six elementary schools in Arad and has over 250 students. The students come from the poorer “Avishur” neighborhood and the more affluent “Gevim” neighborhood. Over 65% of the students are from families who immigrated to Arad from the Former Soviet Union and 17% of the students are from single-parent families.
The Need The school building is old and is built in a style that does not incorporate long corridors or a school yard that enables the students to display their works and projects. In many schools, the space outside of the classrooms forms an integral part of the learning experience, with many activities taking place in quiet corners and corridors. Avishur is lacking these, as well as a covered play area that would allow activities during the year, despite the very hot desert weather. Furthermore, the school yard, as it exists today, does not provide the possibility for outdoor activities as it is completely exposed and susceptible to vandalism.
The school, despite generating good grades and adopting a very successful scientific approach to school subjects, is in desperate need of renovation.
The Solution
The Arad Foundation has embarked on a project for renovating the school yard and creating a Mini Science Park for educational and extra-curricular outdoor activities, to significantly enhance an already positive learning experience. To achieve this, the school yard needs to be enclosed appropriately (to prevent unwanted visitors during the school day) and covered in a way that facilitates comfortable outdoor activities throughout the school year.
The proposed Science Park would include equipment for:
Cognitive Development - fixed tables and chairs for board games such as chess.
Time Area - different methods of measuring time: sundial, hourglass, etc.
Distance Markers - marking the outdoor area in lengths of meters and centimeters to teach distance.
Hothouse - for growing plants, and ecological experiments.
Petting Zoo - area for keeping small animals for the students to study animal behavior.
Meteorological Area - collection of weather equipment for measuring temperature, pressure, etc.
Bird Tables - for feeding and studying birds in the Arad region.
Learning Area - covered “outdoor classroom” area for classes on environmental and other subjects.
Cost of Project:  $210,000

“Teach a Man to Fish” - Back-to-Work
Training for the Unemployed

Arad

There is a significant minority of people in Arad who are in difficult financial circumstances. Whether single, or married, or part of larger families, lack of education and vocational training translates into “long term unemployment” for a large number of people in Arad. The perils of long-term unemployment have a devastating effect on the family and the immediate environment of the unemployed. The feelings of depression and incapacity project themselves onto the whole family unit and create tremendous tensions for the community.
Initiatives to get the long-term unemployed and those on Arad’s Welfare Assistance lists back into the workforce are critical to ensure the vitality of the working-aged population of Arad.
The Solution
The Arad Foundation is partnering with individuals and foundations to create vocational training and support programs for the long-term unemployed, in order to provide them with a profession or vocation, and lift them and their families out of the cycle of poverty and dependence. These courses will include:

The primary aims of the Vocational Training program are to recruit 30 Arad residents, based on recommendations from the Welfare Department and other community workers, into the program and determine the length of time and type of work most suitable to each individual.
Learning a Trade – at one of the colleges and vocational training institutes in or around Arad, including assistance with course costs, travel costs, books and supplies, and a stipend to help with living costs Motivational Seminars – to encourage a positive outlook and help in the search for work and self-worth Jobseeker Services – to assist with actual job searches, on the basis of newly acquired skills
Funds required for Vocational Training Program USD $50,000

Scholarships to Students of Arad

Arad

A lack of funds and adequate resources – financial, social, community, educational and economic – make it difficult for young people to make their home in Arad, on reaching post-high-school age. Municipal services, which are largely required for children and the elderly, cannot cater sufficiently to the critical 18-35 age group and entice them to remain in the city. Additionally, without the ability to guarantee part-time, followed by fulltime employment during and after their studies, students will relocate elsewhere in order to earn money and supplement their lifestyle during their study years.
Research shows that most people remain, and establish families, in the place where they have employment.
In all probability, students who choose to live in Arad during their University years, and begin their work careers as Arad residents, will end up remaining in Arad over the long-term, becoming the backbone of the city’s rejuvenation initiative.
The Solution
The Arad Foundation has established a Student Scholarship Fund to support the youth of Arad while they pursue their academic studies. The Funds objectives are to:
- Provide financial assistance to students who choose to live in Arad
- Strengthen ties between younger residents and the city’s Municipal Services
- Attract new residents to Arad, between the ages 20-35.
- Generate employment opportunities for students during and following their academic 
studies In return, each recipient of a Student Scholarship will commit to: Remaining in
Arad for (at least) an extra year at the end of their studies, for every year of support
provided by the Fund.
- Volunteering for several hours each week at one of the many essential Municipal
Services.
Scholarship Awards for Students per year USD $50,000

Enriched learning at the municipal comprehensive High School

Arad

Educational Vision:  Equal Opportunity
4,500 students are enrolled at the city’s schools – which include 27 kindergartens, five public primary schools, and the Municipal Comprehensive Junior and Senior High School, as well as three semi-private schools. The student body encompasses new immigrants, mainly from the former Soviet Union and Ethiopia, together with Israeli - born youngsters.   In an attempt to provide educational opportunity for all youngsters, in 2008, the municipality invested NIS 11 million - $3,142,857 - in it schools.     
Needs Statement
The Municipal Comprehensive School, which includes grades 7 to 12, offers academic and technological tracks in a variety of fields. To motivate and challenge each student to realize his/her individual potential, the school sponsors innovative programs designed to  cultivate excellence and stimulate independent thinking, foster mutual responsibility and educate future citizens with moral and social values.  

The average class numbers 35-40.  However, studies have clearly demonstrated the advantages of smaller classes: higher scholastic performance, closer relationship between students and teacher, and greater opportunity for one-on-one instruction, with less time required for management and discipline. 
Project Description
Enriched learning
Supplementing classroom hours with enriched learning in groups of 15 to 20 will help bridge educational gaps and ensure all students equal opportunity. 

 An average of 3-4 weekly hours of intensified learning in English, mathematics, and language arts per subject will be offered to students who need strengthening in those crucial areas. A specific plan with goals, timetable, and evaluation, will be drawn up for each youngster; progress will be mapped through both internal and external tests that assess strengths and weaknesses.  
Cost of Project:   $132,000

Sports in Arad – School Sports Leagues

Arad

For the last decade, Arad has focused its efforts on providing a broad range of sports activities and facilities, which now encompass thousands of children and offer annual sporting events such as a bike-a-thon, walk from Arad to Masada, basketball tournaments, soccer, gymnastics, regional orienteering and various championships – judo, soccer, table tennis, long-distance running, swimming and wrestling.
Arad’s physical isolation means that young people growing up in the city encounter challenges when attempting to integrate into Israeli society. These challenges are further compounded for children of new immigrants from the former Soviet Union, Ethiopia and Argentina. The immigrant population suffers from unstable employment and is therefore more dependent on social services and governmental/welfare support.
Discussions with Arad’s youth reveal high levels of despondency, delinquency, vandalism and violence. Poor informal educational frameworks leave many youth with little to do at the end of the school day.
School Sports Leagues were formed several years ago offering basketball, handball, soccer and volleyball, but there are difficulties in generating the requisite funding to maintain all of these activities, which are in constant danger of being reduced or, in some cases, even cut completely.
The Solution
The Arad Foundation will strengthen the School Sports Leagues programs and expand them to a broader range of age groups and schools. The Foundation will encourage more participation and provide the resources for teams to compete in national tournaments, exposing the Arad youth to other parts of Israel and creating an environment that will be able to host other cities’ teams in Arad.
The expanded programs will also enable more high-school students to become counselors and trainers, helping them to develop leadership and management skills that will serve them well throughout their lives.
Cost of Maintaining and Expanding Sports Leagues USD $57,000

Renovation Of Librarys In
"Tlalim" & "Ye'elim" Elementary Schools

Arad

There are 2 schools in Arad where the children love to read - children who don’t need honey to entice them.
They turn to their school libraries to expand their worlds.
Their schools were built decades ago, but they do have libraries – of a sort. Not the kind of libraries found elsewhere – with computers, interactive audio-visual aids, comfortable reading corners, endless supply of books and a warm welcoming atmosphere – but libraries nonetheless.
The Ye'elim School is the oldest elementary school in Arad. More than 40 years old, its physical condition reflects its age. Its 14 classrooms serve 456 students and a special education class from grades one through six, as well as two nursery school programs.
Yet the children – most from disadvantaged homes – revel in the school’s special focus on the arts and the environment. In the first grade, all of them are exposed to a wide variety of subjects so they can choose the most suitable for the following five years.
Their school is their home away from home, providing them learning opportunities they can’t get elsewhere. Forty percent of children were born in Israel to parents who came from Russia and begin their educational experience speaking only Russian; 13 children are from Sudan. The native Israelis come from families where both parents work long hours.
The Tlalim School is the only religious elementary school in Arad – and it is 35 years old. Its eight classrooms serve 120 students from first to sixth grade – among them 30 who are children of Ethiopian immigrants. All of the children come from large religious families many in the lower socioeconomic bracket.
A Little Honey Would Help
Yes, honey is sweet and so is knowledge, our ancestors tell us. But knowledge is like the bee that made sweet honey, parents tell their children. You have to chase it through the pages of a book to find it.
You can help sweeten a child’s life.
You can introduce them to the magic and the mystery of the world of books - a world filled with fantasy and fun, adventure and romance, history and science.
You can help them begin a better life - with opportunities for education, a rewarding career and a better future.
You can help the Lev Arad Foundation refurbish the school libraries, expand the reference resources and provide today's technologies - computers and Internet, databases, CD's and videos. You can give them a cozy corner in which to read and countless books to enjoy.

A little honey - and a little money - would help a lot.

TOTAL USD 80,000

Project Re’im Integrated Learning Centre

Arad

Approximately 7% of the general population is afflicted with various types of learning disabilities – problems in the nervous system that affect how information is received, processed or communicated. While learning disabled students can generally have difficulty with reading, writing and/or math skills, many such youngsters have high intellectual ability and creative talent. Intervention, particularly at an early age, can enable them to cope with their challenges and to become contributing members of the community.
Out of the 5,000 children that study in Arad’s educational system, an estimated 350 are learning disabled.
Identification, assessment and treatment will enable them to maximize their level of functioning, inestimably improve their quality of life, and become integrated into normative society.
The Solution
The Lev Arad Foundation is now embarking on an exciting and far-reaching project - Project Re’im (“Close Friends”) - that will have a tremendous impact on the quality of education provided to the children of Arad and contribute significantly to strengthening tolerance, communal cooperation and Jewish identity in all sectors of the Arad community.
Project Re’im will focus on all achievement levels along the educational yardstick. Programs will include:
- Advanced programs for gifted students
- Supplementary education for new immigrants
- Jewish awareness programs for strengthening Jewish identity
- Community projects for parents and children
- Counseling for parents
- Financial and domestic budget courses
- Coaching
- Jewish knowledge - community learning Beit Midrash programs
- Israeli/Zionist identity courses
- Children’s health
Total cost of project  USD $ 300,000

Reducing classroom size at the municipal comprehensive High-School

Arad

Educational Vision:  Equal Opportunity
4,500 students are enrolled at the city’s schools – which include 27 kindergartens, five public primary schools, and the Municipal Comprehensive Junior and Senior High School, as well as three semi-private schools.  The student body encompasses new immigrants, mainly from the former Soviet Union and Ethiopia, together with Israeli- born youngsters.   In an attempt to provide educational opportunity for all youngsters, in 2008, the municipality invested NIS 11 million - $3,142,857 - in it schools.     
Needs Statement
The Municipal Comprehensive School, which includes grades 7 to 12, offers academic and technological tracks in a variety of fields. To motivate and challenge each student to realize his/her individual potential, the school sponsors innovative programs designed to  cultivate excellence and stimulate independent thinking, foster mutual responsibility and educate future citizens with moral and social values.  

The average class numbers 35-40.  However, studies have clearly demonstrated the advantages of smaller classes: higher scholastic performance, closer relationship between students and teacher, and greater opportunity for one-on-one instruction, with less time required for management and discipline. 
Project Description
Reducing the size of classes
The addition of 35 weekly hours of teaching per grade level will reduce the average number of children per class by five, significantly raising the quality of the instructional environment.

Cost of Project:  $160,000

School Computer Upgrade Project

Arad

The City has 8 public schools and 2 public high schools. In total, approximately 3,400 students are enrolled in these schools. Each school has a computer room that was opened and equipped over 10 years ago. In most of the schools, the systems are so outdated that the users cannot go onto the Internet or use such basic tools as CD's and USB ports.
The Solution – Upgrading the City's Computers
In face of the reality that our children are growing up in a computer-dependent world, there is a real and pressing need for them to be properly taught how to take advantage of all that modern technology has to offer.
Today, no basic education is complete without a child being computer literate. As such, it is imperative that we provide all the public schools with proper computers.

Upgrade computers for ONE school USD $25,000

Contact Details

Office Address:
Lev Arad Foundation
Aviv 2 St.
Arad, 89059
Israel

Mail Address:
Lev Arad Foundation
P.O.Box 100
Arad, 89100
Israel

Phone & Fax number:
972-8-9955126

 

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E-mail addresses:

  • Ran Sadikario, Executive Director - ran.sadikario@gmail.com

    Ofer Rubinstein, Chairman - levarad.chairman@gmail.com

    Inbal Gros, Office Manager - levaradfund@gmail.com

Contact Details

  • Mail Address:
    Lev Arad Foundation
    P.O.Box 100
    Arad, 89100
    Israel

    Phone & Fax number:
    972-8-9955126