ORT Day 2023: Unity amid Adversity


Students from across our global network have come together online for the annual day of recognition of ORT’s history and achievements.

Joining teachers, alumni, professional staff and friends of ORT, they collectively celebrated ORT’s mission: to prepare people and communities for meaningful, self-sufficient futures.

The activities on March 23 were more somber than in previous years, with many ORT schools worldwide facing challenges, including political unrest and weather emergencies.

Despite prevailing issues, ORT Day provided a more positive focus, aiming to educate about the organization’s work since its foundation in 1880, and to provide inspiration via ORT’s long-standing adaptability in the face of challenges.

Participants joined an interactive quiz and students enjoyed special assemblies featuring a video looking back over 143 years of history.

Dan Green, World ORT Director General and CEO, said: “Our global network is growing year-on-year and we were delighted to welcome participants from Costa Rica to ORT Day for the first time.

“Sharing knowledge and cooperation across the network are key features of World ORT’s work. Coming together on this annual day to celebrate our past achievements, mark our current successes and look forward to a bright future is a very important milestone in the ORT calendar.”

Students joined a virtual quiz from countries including Argentina, Bulgaria, Mexico, Brazil, Ghana and more.

The winner was Guido Zylverstein (pictured main image), a Grade 5 student at Escuela ORT Argentina, who remarkably answered every question correctly.

Luis Perez, of ORT Argentina, said: “Guido is an excellent student who is passionate about mathematics and programming.

“At school he created an app with three colleagues that works with the Hawkeye ball-tracking technology used in tennis competitions. Using Artificial Intelligence it makes the system accessible to anyone with a mobile device.

“Through this initiative, Guido continues to learn about AI training, image and data analysis, and the calculation of statistics. His project was highlighted as one of the most successful of 2022.”

Students from ORT schools in Russia exchanged creative postcards with children from schools in Latin America and Spain as well as taking part in a picture contest. There were special prizes handed out to the 143rd person to enter each ORT Russia school building on ORT Day.

Winners in schools in Moscow included Grade 3 student Veronika, Nika from Grade 5 and Vladislav from Grade 8. The honor also went to Efim, a Grade 5 student at the ORT Mishpahteinu school in Kazan, and Ira, also from Grade 5, at ORT de Gunzburg school in St. Petersburg. The winners received gift vouchers.

Students in Peru take part in the postcard exchange