SUPPORTERS OF ISRAEL’S LARGEST CHARTER SCHOOL NETWORK TO TOUR SCHOOLS, MEET EDUCATION & HIGH TECH INDUSTRY LEADERS
TEL AVIV – Friends of Israel Sci-Tech Schools has brought its first mission of board members and prominent supporters to survey the newest initiatives and niche institutions from the charter school network. This is the first time that a large group of donors toured the institutions, equipment, facilities and programs which they have directly supported.
The group visited Israel Dec. 1-3, to learn first-hand how the Israel Sci-Tech schools Network is changing the lives of thousands of Israel high school students across all the ethnic and religious communities. Trip participants visited the Holistic project in the schools of Maalot, which has stressed the combination of students’ emotional well-being with education for increased academic success, the Kfar HaZeitim Youth Village, which fuses Torah study with vocational training to prepare Ultra-Orthodox youth for the workforce, the Israel Sci-Tech school that prepares young Israelis for a life in aeronautics in conjunction with the Israel Aerospace Industries. In addition, they explored of the Mushinsky Center, Israel Sci-Tech’s Research and Development center where they conduct teachers training and write curriculum that are exported to hundreds of schools worldwide. An additional highlight was meeting Israel-Sci Tech graduates that operate the Iron Dome after receiving associate Engineering degrees prior to their army service.. Board members were honored guests at an evening gala to network with key Israeli business partners for the Sci-Tech Schools network. The trip closed with a tour of Sci-Tech’s Periphery project at Kiryat Gat’s Rogozin School and a visit to two niche Bedouin institutions in the Negev.
Delegates also met with Ministry of Education officials and viewed presentations by honors students of recent projects that they conducted together with TEVA, Sandisk, ELBIT and other companies who partner in the education process.
“We are pleased to welcome our supporters to Israel to see our work with their own eyes and share our values and commitment to science and technology education,” said Israel Sci-Tech Schools Network Director-General Zvi Peleg. “There has never been a greater need to further develop our young people in the sciences and technology to serve the growing need of industry in Israel, and we are grateful to our donors for their support and years of commitment046
“This was a very exciting visit and opportunity to see the important success Sci-Tech schools have in Israel. The students, teachers and corporate partners were so enthusiastic, it was heartwarming,” said Chairman of the Board of Friends of Israel Sci-Tech Schools Edith Everett.
Friends of Israel Sci-Tech Schools is a U.S.-based 501-C3 dedicated to supporting the 206 institutions and 100,000 students that represent the largest independent network of science and technology educational institutions in Israel. Today, there are more than 500,000 alumni, many of whom have gone onto become senior leaders in the military, high tech entrepreneurs, as well as some of the top engineers and scientists in Israel.