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Kedma for Social & Educational Equality in Israel

March, 2015

Dear Friends,

After the Israeli elections and the uncertainty who will be the next Education Minister, we hope that our newsletter will offer a piece of optimism. We are happy to share with you some of our achievements and some ideas that were nurtured in Kedma. We will be grateful for your insights and thoughts. Please do not hesitate to send us your views and comments.

We wish you and your loved ones a Happy Passover!

Kedma School won the National Education Award

Kedma High School, located in the Katamonim neighborhood in Jerusalem won this year the National Education Award!

We share the feelings of excitement, pride, honor and especially deep respect to the principal and school staff on their achievement. Kedma educational staff works from the bottom of their hearts and souls. They share a clear ideological commitment to promote each student, thus showing us, that teachers, students and parents can turn the world around together!

Last year, Kedma School won the Jerusalem Municipality award for 2014.

For more than 20 years, Kedma School makes a choice to accept, with love, students from disadvantaged neighborhoods of Jerusalem and manages to help them achieve impressive scores in their matriculation exams. Beyond learning and passing the matriculation exams, Kedma School is a place that serves the needs of students, parents and community residents, and is a center for development and social change. Students consider the school as a source of pride and hope. For them, Kedma is a home and a family.

Here are some of the greetings from Jerusalem colleagues:

This is a school which articulates a clear social statement with a leading approach that objective achievements, ie, a high school diploma for each student, is the tool for social mobility." Dassi Beeri, Director of High School Education in the Ministry of Education.

"The school and staff are a proof that education is done with love. Your success is heartwarming and a pride to the entire city." Nurit Gavish, Principal of Giloh High School.

"You deserve to be recognized by the State, and we deserve to have educational institutions with values of real social mobility, in which the students are loved and seen. The more - the better. I am proud to work alongside with you in the same system." David Greco, Principal of ORT Jerusalem.

"You are the proof that education is made with real inclusion and with great love. Kedma School is an inspiration to all who work in Education." Daphna Menashe Baruch, Boyer High School Prinicpal.

Michal Hadad, Kedma School Principal: "The story of winning the award is the story of excellent teamwork. The School staff is able to see each childs's ability to individually make a big change and grow."

Michal Hadad, Kedma         School Principal

Work overload and Bureaucracy: #1 issue for Teachers in Israel

From: The Teachers' Challenges Report, 2014

We have heard, here and there, that teachers complain about being busy and overwhelmed. Kedma's Report raises this issue as a central finding. A survey conducted by Kedma Association among teachers, principals and educators in Israel indicates that the main difficulty of Israeli teachers' work is overload and bureaucracy.

The survey also found that working with management is the main difficulty factor in teachers' teamwork.

When the teachers were asked about their dreams or in educational terms: 'What kind of  a teacher figure they would have liked to be?' most teachers answered that they want to be teachers that are attentive and caring.

This is good news for the Israeli educational system: Teachers in Israel see their roles not merely as assisting students to achieve academic accomplishments, but also as educational significant figures.

.Click here to read the full Report

Thousand and ten gols plus one huge heart!

Silvi Jan, the best Israeli female soccer player of all times, has lectured teachers and students of Neveh Hof Elementary School. Her motto "If you have a dream, dream big!" was addressed to each of the children. She encouraged them to invest, make an effort and mainly, to believe in themselves, so they can achieve their dreams. Silvi Jan's fascinating life story and her astonishing career, despite the numerous difficulties she encountered, inspires each and every one. Silvi's visit was part of a school program, 'sports and society', initiated by Yaniv Botbol, a teacher and educator in the school.

We thank Silvi Jan for the fascinating lecture and the special attention she gave to the children at the school.


For those who do not know yet, Clara Yona-Meshumar is the school principal at Neveh Hof Elementary School, located in Rishon Le'Tzion. Clara has founded Kedma High School and was its principal during the first ten years of its operation. After several years in which she wrote and worked in teachers' education, Clara wanted to bring her passion, commitment and accumulated knowledge to the children who are setting out in the education system. This is the second year Clara manages the school, together with an energetic, ideological and highly motivated team of teachers.

Kedma Community outreach

פורים בקדמיה

First we would like to declare: We do not operate projects in the community, we are the community!

For a number of years a unique project called - the Kedmiya, operates in Kedma School. Children up to 13 years of age and mothers, all residents of the Katamoyim neighborhood in Jerusalem arrive to the Kedmiya. In the Kedmiya they participate in afternoon activities which include: crafts, theater, computer literacy, reading and storytelling, ball games and more. In the past year, the activities include also a learning center in which the neighborhood children are assisted with their homework.

The instructors in the Kedmiya are school students and school graduates who are volunteers of the project.

The work is coordinated with love and good will for several years by Ilanit Danino-Yaniv who organizes with great care, festive happenings, Purim parties, tickets to shows and other activities that fit her talents and imagination.

גכדגכדגכ

To summarize, we want to thank you – our donors and supporters. Kedma's activities along the years are possible thanks to the generous support of the following organizations and individuals: Wertheimer family, Glencore Foundation and DM foundation, Yosef & Cristina Kasirer Foundation, Ms. Shulamit Bar Shani and PEF, Matanel Foundation, Bezeq, Sobell Foundation, Rodeph Sholom Congregation in NYC, The Beverly Foundation Legacy, Arkin Family Foundation, The George and Jenny Bloch Foundation, JCD.

Ilana Yona,

Director of Kedma


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