Since 2007, World ORT has operated in Israel as World ORT Kadima Mada, implementing programs that have raised standards of STEM education in underprivileged communities – Jewish and non-Jewish – in the country’s northern and southern peripheries.
Programs include the renovation and modernisation of more than 1,000 classrooms and laboratories – providing not only equipment such as interactive whiteboards but also training and learning materials; the establishment of after-school programs to introduce students to applied science subjects; the establishment of a science park in the coastal city of Kiryat Yam; and the running of educational services in all of Israel’s public hospitals to ensure children do not fall behind in their studies while undergoing treatment.
World ORT Kadima Mada has an educational network comprising six high schools, three of which are attached to Youth Villages and all of which have a high proportion of students from troubled and disadvantaged backgrounds.
We saw a 38 per cent matriculation rate increase between 2016 and 2018 for students at Kfar Silver Youth Village in Israel
Around 6,000 students benefit from informal education at our after-school YOUniversity Centers of Excellence in Israel