Education Grantees

Current Grantees
NEW: ANU – Campaign to Promote the Integration of Arab Teachers in Jewish Schools.
ANU, in partnership with Merchavim, will implement a targeted media campaign in the summer of 2016 aimed at boosting efforts to successfully integrate Arab teachers in Jewish schools throughout Israel. This tailored campaign will promote Arab teacher integration among principals and government supervisors in support of the Ministry of Education’s goal to integrate 500 Arab teachers over a 5-year period.
Beit Berl – Cross Cultural Proficiency Training for Teachers
Located in Kfar Saba and the largest academic college in Israel, Beit Berl is developing and implementing new, cross-cultural proficiency training and shared society education for its 7,000 undergraduate and graduate students and ongoing professional development for teachers. Beit Berl is also introducing programming and initiatives to create a shared society on campus.

The Center for Educational Technology (CET) – Shared Life Training Programs for Jewish and Arab Teachers
CET develops and implements educational content, advanced technologies, next generation learning products and programs to advance Israel’s education system. The Shared Life Training Program trains 100 Jewish and Arab educators from the North and Center of the country as well as West and East Jerusalem, reducing stereotypes, increasing trust, strengthening democratic values, nurturing dialogue and has expanded this initiative to include joint learning groups in math, science and literature in Arab and Jewish schools.

The Center for Educational Technology (CET) – Joint Shared Life Training Programs for Arab and Jewish School Principals
The Joint Shared Life Training Program for Principals brings together 24 Jewish and Arab principals, teachers and social coordinators from elementary, middle and high schools in the mixed city of Ramla to strategize and promote creating a culture of tolerance and respect in schools. In Jerusalem 25 Jewish and Arab principals and senior administrators from West and East Jerusalem learn together including a field visit to schools in Northern Ireland to learn from their experience. Pilot joint learning partnerships will be introduced in 12 schools.

Desert Stars – Wilderness Education Program Discovering the Shepherd Within
Desert Stars was established in 2013 by a group of Bedouins and Jews who share a mutual vision of developing leadership within Bedouin society in the Negev. This intensive leadership development incubator program is designed to produce a cohort of male Bedouin leaders who will be role models within their communities. The program includes career orientation and academic preparation to help participants gain access to higher education opportunities and mentoring.

Givat Haviva – Hebrew Language Enrichment Program for Arab Middle Schools 
Givat Haviva is dedicated to promoting mutual responsibility, civic equality and cooperation between divided groups in Israel as the foundation for building a shared future and shared society. This expanded program aims to strengthen and deepen the knowledge of Hebrew language and culture among 7th-9th grade Arab students in 287 classes in 27 schools with a focus on spoken language and contemporary culture.

Merkaz Ma’ase – AFAK Volunteer Year for Israeli Arab Youth Ages 18-21 in the Israeli Arab Periphery
Ma’ase works to broaden the accessibility of volunteering service and leadership activity to youth in Israel. The Volunteer Year Program for Israeli Arab youth is performed in the volunteers’ communities and consists of long-term volunteering in formal and informal education, in return for stipends and grants, personal and leadership skills, career orientation and shared encounters.

MERCHAVIM: The Institute for the Advancement of Shared Citizenship in Israel – Arab Teacher Integration Program
MERCHAVIM was established to create a fairer society for all Israeli citizens through shared citizenship education.  Merchavim is leading the Ministry of Education’s plan to place 500 qualified Arab-Israeli teachers in Jewish-Israeli schools across a range of subjects including English, math, science and geography in order to employ hundreds of unemployed teachers who are positive role models and further a shared society.

Sami Shamoon College of Engineering – 100 Bedouin Engineers Program
The Sami Shamoon College of Engineering (SCE) is the largest engineering college in Israel, and is Israel’s fastest growing academic college.  The SVF grant has helped 150 Bedouin men and women studying towards their undergraduate engineering degree by providing scholarships, stipends, academic counseling and social supports, and preparation for employment.

NEW: Sikkuy: The Association for the Advancement of Civic Equality – Education for Shared Society and Equality
Sikkuy will map and analyze education for shared society programs and Arab language instruction in Jewish schools.  Sikkuy will create a work plan to advance adoption and funding of universal education for equality and shared society for Jewish and Arab students and Arabic language students for Jewish students within the public school system.

The Abraham Fund Initiatives (TAFI) – Spoken Hebrew as a Cultural Bridge in Israel’s Arab Elementary School System
TAFI advances coexistence, equality and cooperation among Israel’s Jewish and Arab populations. This program will integrate Jewish teachers into 5th-6th grade classes in 43 Arab schools in the North, Center and South to provide an additional Hebrew lesson per week designed to improve spoken Hebrew and to help Arab, Hebrew language teachers improve Hebrew language instruction.

The Abraham Fund Initiatives (TAFI) – Education for the Next Generation
TAFI will develop and implement an educational model for shared living and shared society that will become part of the pre-army academic annual programming that will include an Arab language course, lectures on Arab society and the challenges of Jewish-Arab relations in Israel, field trips to Arab communities and facilitated intergroup dialogue encounters.

The Van Leer Institute Jerusalem – The Israeli Academic Sphere as a Shared Social Arena 
The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute is a leading intellectual center for the interdisciplinary study and discussion of issues related to philosophy, society, culture and education. This project is an ongoing forum of academic coordinators at universities and colleges who gather to exchange and document best practices for shared campuses and learn about minority integration on college campuses from the experiences of universities outside of Israel.

Past Grantees
Academic College of Tel Hai – The Center for Peace and Democracy 
Alnuhud: The Association for the Promotion of Bedouin Woman’s Education in the Negev – The Pre-Academic Project
American Joint Distribution Committee – Israel and the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties  – Promoting Professional Leadership Development in the Early Childhood Field
AJEEC-NISPED (Arab Jewish Center for Equality, Empowerment and Cooperation and the Negev Institute for Strategies of Peace and Development) – The Arab Jewish Community Volunteer Year Program
The Center for Educational Technology (CET) -Development, Training and Implementation of “Arab Labor” Online Educational Kit
The Center for Educational Technology (CET) and Merchavim – Amplifying Arab Teacher Integration through On-Line Training, Resources and Support 
Citizens Build a Community – Arab Community Service Project
Hand in Hand: Center for Jewish-Arab Education for Equality and Hagar: Jewish-Arab Education for Creating a Coalition for Bilingual Education in Israel
Open University of Israel – Creating Conditions for Success
Rashi Foundation – Yeholot Association – Tafnit: Last Hurdle for Matriculation Program
The Abraham Fund Initiatives (TAFI) – Contemporary Jewish-Hebrew Cultural Activities in Arab Schools
Step Forward for the Promotion of Education in Rahat -Community Creating Change for Youth in Rahat