The Ecological Greenhouse Ein-Shemer

The Ecological Greenhouse Ein-Shemer

The Ecological Greenhouse in Kibbutz Ein-Shemer was founded in 1977 by artist Avital Geva and partners, who envisioned a center for educational innovation and social action in Israel.  Today, the Greenhouse is an in-demand site for learning and research. The Greenhouse's team believes that research is not only important in and of itself, but a powerful instigator for co-existence. The Greenhouse is a microcosm of Israeli society- including veteran Israelis and new immigrants, secular and religious, Arabs and Jews. Arab and Jewish teens confront global and local environmental challenges through interdisciplinary research.  Sharing the experience of expansive learning and achievement fosters a connection that runs deeper than cultural or political differences. During the course of their studies, students meet green-industry professionals and leading scientists from the field, and are exposed to advanced research techniques, scientific breakthroughs and innovation.  



Core values: The Greenhouse believes in curiosity, research, and learning as a universal value and inter-cultural connector. The fields of study are characterized by a connection to current innovations and challenges in the world of eco-science, agriculture and technology. The Greenhouse students see themselves as researchers who see it as their responsibility to contribute socially and environmentally. The greenouse team believes that by pursuing inter-disciplinary fields in a multi-cultural space, the students understand the value of diversity. This experience influences the student’s world views, as well as their sense of social and ecological responsibility. The Greenhouse is a place where people with a history of conflict can come together and focus on doing good, important work together. Every individual is a key element of the group.

 

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The Ecological Greenhouse Ein-Shemer: Growing Together
Background: “Growing Together” is a joint program for Arabs and Jews at the Ecological Greenhouse, located in Kibbutz Ein-Shemer. The program creates encounters between young individuals from different sectors in Israeli society – s ...
Education, Environment, Jewish-Arab Relations, elementary and high school, higher education, informal education