יחד שבטי ישראל
JOINT EDUCATION FOR ALL CHILDREN
A STORY OF SUCCESS
Joint religious-secular schools and kindergartens, initiated by TZAV PIUS, offer an important alternative to the divisive public school system that separates children based on religious affiliation.
Integrated schools are a source of educational creativity in which the emphasis is on mutual respect and inclusion, creating a natural connection between being a Jew and being an Israeli, preserving traditional and democratic values. A graduate of an integrated school, at which he is exposed to different ways of life and views, has a stronger and more solid identity. He can cope with the complexity that shapes a multicultural Israeli society, and sees opportunity where many others see only a threat.
Some time ago, the Knesset's Education Committee toured a secular-religious integrated school in Jerusalem. During the tour, one of the students approached and asked what was going on. "These members of the Knesset came to see how religious and secular students can learn together," we answered. The student looked in astonishment and said, "I know, but why is that such a big deal?"
This student had summarized the essence of integrated education in just one sentence. Those of us who were educated as youngsters in separate schools for secular and religious students, regarded this convention as a decree. But from the point of view of students who have been getting their education together, integrated schools are the most natural thing in the world.
The Ministry of Education and joint Education
Minister of Education Shai Piron, has shared his thoughts on integrated education on a number of occasions, speaking about schools where students with diverse identities across the religious-secular spectrum learn together. He has translated his words into action by allocating an extra NIS 4 million toward the advancement of integrated education in 2014.
The Principles of joint Education
Creating an infrastructure for an integrated society through quality Jewish and secular education, an encounter of diverse identities that preserve what is unique about each of them, and assimilating values of pluralism, respect, and mutual responsibility.
Tzav Pius is Promoting joint Education
In addition to the efforts by the Ministry of Education, the developing joint education system has other needs:
- Advice and assistance during the process of establishing a school or converting an existing school to the joint format. The intended beneficiaries are parents, relevant officials of the local authority, and the school principal.
- Pedagogical assistance for teachers.
- Consolidation of a school community.
- Training future teachers to work in a multi-identity classroom.
- In-service courses for the faculties of joint schools.
- Making existing curricula accessible and developing new materials as required.
- Increasing public awareness of joint education (among parents foremost.)
- Creating a forum of interested parties in promoting joint education.
Since 2010 Tzav Pius has helped to more than double the number of integrated schools and by establishing schools kindergartens throughout Israel.
Join us in changing the Israeli society by giving our children a valuable Education, connecting different perception and strengthening Jewish-Israeli values.