WHO ARE WE?
The Democratic Institue 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:
The Democratic Institue 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 worldview.
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
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
OUR PARTNERS ALONG THE COURSE
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 ACADEMIA
Kibbutz Seminary College
Tel Aviv University
Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership – Chicago
Oranim Academic College
The Ministry of Education
The Foreign Ministry
PARTNERSHIPS WITH 120 MUNICIPALITIES
The Democratic Institute - society and education
Address: 149 Derech Namir, Tel Aviv 62507, Israel
Tel: 972-3-741-2729 | Fax: 972-3-741-2723