WHO ARE WE?

The Institute for Democratic Education in Israel is a nonprofit, which functions to advance the democratic culture in Israel.
The Institute’s staff began to operate in the field of education in the mid – ‘80s, and entered the public sphere with increased vigor after the murder of Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin, z”l. The organization formally became a nonprofit in 1998.
In the last 20 years, the Institute operates in a variety of educational areas and communities in order to advance its vision of a democratic society, which is based upon a democratic culture, which is both growing and effecting development.

THE ORGANIZATION’S VISION

We believe that a democratic society is based, not only on democratic procedures, but also on a democratic culture of living, which is rooted in the human rights charter.
In a democratic culture, the community is responsible to express each person’s uniqueness, advances cooperation between parties, enhances reciprocal relations between the individual, the community and their surroundings, and in this manner seeks to create a society of equals, that is fair, growing and sustainable.
Consequently, we strive to create a more equal society, in which there is cross-sectorial dialogue, there is room for diverse opinions and approaches, and where discrimination does not raise its head.
Our main objective is to implement the democratic culture within all of the communities that operate in the public sphere, and to bring quality and innovative education to the sectors that have not been able to enjoy same until now.

Our operating principles are:

Dialogue between individuals and between communities
Partnerships and participation
Relationships between the individual and the community
An active social responsibility

OUR UNIQUENESS

The Institute for Democratic Education in Israel conducts itself as an organization with initiative and a democratic organizational culture, and develops innovative tools for initiatives within diverse communities.
Our activities influence thousands of children, youth, and adults.
The Institute operates with transparency, honesty, and integrity; and it espouses an optimistic and proactive world view.
The Institute has a high implementation level and employs high quality talented professions.
The Institute works in conjunction and closely with the public sector (governmental offices, local municipalities and academic institutions in Israel and throughout the world) and creates widely influential processes within public systems.

THE IDE IN NUMBERS

We have been operating for over 20 years, during which time we have led about 150 projects
We work in more than 500 educational and communal institutions
We train thousands of educators and community professionals in a variety of frameworks
The Institute employs 85 high quality staff members
The Institute’s annual budget is about 14,000,000 NIS

AREAS OF OPERATION

Training agents of change to develop a democratic awareness and leading processes that grow a democratic culture, primarily in the social and geographic periphery of the State of Israel.
Accompaniment of organizational systems of change and growth – accompanying social organizations and educational institutions in developing a democratic culture
Influence on policy – working with policy makers at the national and local levels in order to support processes of advancement of democratic culture
The Institute partners with academic institutions in Israel and outside of Israel in order to create unique learning and research tracks.

THE ACTIVITIES ON THE GROUND

Educational Pioneer Program – a program that trains teachers to be agents of change in schools in the social or geographic periphery of the State of Israel
The Educational Entrepreneurship Incubator – an innovative program for training educators in the spirit of democratic and humanistic education – social (in partnership with Kibbutz Seminary College)
Shvilim (Paths) – an incubator for educational environmental initiatives in the Negev (in partnership with Kaye College)
Noah’s Ark Initiative in Preschools – an innovative educational model that instills democratic tools in the management of preschools
The Bat Yam Model for Individual Education – activation of a program to bolster the individual in the school framework
The Holon Model for Significant Learning – implementation of innovative pedagogy (PBL) in public schools
The Jisr az-Zarqa Economical Model – building policy for bolstering local economy and accompaniment in its operation through incubators for business initiatives for young people, a forum for small business owners, and a local coin
Democratix – a community of leasers of social change that provides innovative tools for organizations to manage projects
And more

OUR PARTNERS ALONG THE COURSE

PHILANTHROPIC
PARTNERS

The Rothschild Caesarea Foundation
The Beracha Foundation
The Lautman Fund
The Gandyr Foundation
The Ted Arison Family Foundation
The Mozes-Wolfowitz Foundation
The Carasso Family Foundation
The Yahel Foundation in memory of Yehuda Leon Recanati
Mr. Dov Frohman
Mr. Jerry Jacobs

PARTNERSHIPS WITH
ORGANIZATIONS

JDC-Israel Ashalim
Tzav Pius
Merhavim
Shorashim

PARTNERSHIPS WITH ACADEMIA

Kibbutz Seminary College
Kaye College
Tel Aviv University
Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership – Chicago
Oranim Academic College

PARTNERSHIPS WITH
GOVERNMENTAL OFFICES

The Ministry of Education
The Foreign Ministry

PARTNERSHIPS WITH 120 MUNICIPALITIES

The Institute for Democratic Education

Address: 149 Derech Namir, Tel Aviv 62507, Israel | Tel: 972-3-741-2729 | Fax: 972-3-741-2723

www.democratic.co.il | ide@democratic.co.il

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