Halutz program for Shared Society
The Democratic Institute has been operating in various arenas, to foster a democratic culture as a way of life in Israeli society.
A democratic way of life, according to IDE’s belief, is based on four key principles:
- A dialogue between individuals and communities
- Civil participation in shaping community life
- Shared responsibility between the individual and the community
- Social activism
The Democratic Institute’s premise is that with this culture, an equal society can be structured, where different groups can meet and co-exist, and where differences are a fertile soil of opportunities and dialogues, and of share and equal existence of all groups and cultures in it.
The institute operates in various arenas and communities, serving as a facilitator of encounters between the different groups through various professional fields and activities. DI sees its activities throughout Israeli society as golden opportunities for cross-sector dialogues and operations.
Over time, the Democratic Institute has begun operating within Arab society, albeit on a relatively small scale. However, this last year, we have decided to go deeper and reach farther in this specific arena.
This year, and under the leadership of Mr. Nasser Abu Saffi, the institute has initiated its Arabic program, with profound study and research of Arabic society’s needs, opportunities and barriers, which have yielded several key directions.
The institute’s expertise lies in leading educational and communal changes, both locally and nationally.
Halutz (pioneer) Educational project for training educational leadership and management reserves operates already in its 10th year successfully. In the current year 54 schools national wide spread, 250 pioneers (young teachers) take part in the project, influencing over 2,000 teachers and about 20,000 pupils. Halutz Educational project serves as a lightening tower by the ministry of Education for worthwhile leadership and of developing an educational system that deals well with the challenges of the 21 century. It influences transversely and significantly schools – starting with pedagogic perception, via academic training and completing by the practice that implements both.
The project seeks for young teachers, at an early stage of their career and trains them through processes of OJT as educational leadership and management reserves. The proven success of the project shows dramatic decrease of out dropping from the educational system of qualitative teachers (members of the project), intense development towards roles of coordination and leadership; some of the graduates become school principals and serve in influential educational positions.
The Israeli society is composed of various of populations and in the recent years we witness a growing polarization between them. The education people that take part in the project also come from the different “tribes”- religious Jews, secular Jews and Arabs – and share the same challenges. Nevertheless, they almost don’t develop any multi-cultural partnership on the background of these challenges, so necessary for education and the Israeli society.
The program will train the future education leaders to the perception and awareness of shared society while providing tools to act as educational leaders and advance the possibility for shared life in Israel.
In 2017 we decided to capitalize on the existing program and develop a model of Halutz program for Shared Society, providing another valuable training level for the future educational leaders of Israeli society, one that will be a source for change and optimism.
We began in the phase of developing the model for shared society about a year ago, through which a network of educational leaders with shared society awareness will grow. This network will grow the present and future generation of educators from a multi culture, sectors crossing orientation, that will enable the creation of inter-sectoral partnerships and the initiation of joint projects.
The partners of the project are donors, the Ministry of Education, education colleges, local authorities and colleges for teachers’ training.