Aluma

Aluma

The Aluma – for Social Involvement and for Jewish Identity organization was founded in 1983 by the Religious Kibbutz Movement, out of a commitment to the existence and prosperity of the State of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state. Aluma encourages young men and women from underrepresented populations in centers of influence within Israeli society, to join circles of action and contribution, while maintaining their unique values and lifestyles. By providing information, advice, and guidance, Aluma helps these young men and women acquire the necessary life skills for the pursuit of excellence, as well as optimal integration into the fields of meaningful service, higher education, and education befitting employment.

Aluma leads several programs aimed to make higher education more accessible in 60 settlements in Arab, Druze, and Circassian communities; conducts programs to reduce the number of dropouts from studies in the exact sciences at five academic institutions; and promotes internships at fifteen academic institutions. In all, 46% of participants in Aluma programs for youth are members of Arab society. 

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The Next Step
In May 2015, the OECD published the 2015 Skills Outlook Report. According to the Report, institutions of higher education do not teach the skills required in today's professional world, and that companies choose not to employ youth with no profes ...
Education, Employment, Jewish-Arab Relations, higher education
Ruad
Youth in Arab communities complete their formal education in twelfth grade, however, they still lack the necessary skills and tools for optimal integration into Israeli society. In established Jewish towns, 21.5% of youth pursue a B.A., whereas only ...
Education, Employment, Jewish-Arab Relations, Negev Bedouin, Druze, higher education
Decreasing Dropouts
One of every five university students in Israel will not complete his or her bachelor's degree. In colleges, the rate is one in four. In computer science and engineering, the rate of dropouts stands on 35%-45%.  This situation troubles educa ...
Education, Jewish-Arab Relations, Population and Demographics, higher education, youth
Hesegim to Hi-Tech
According to a report by the Israel Student Association in 2017, full-time bachelor's degree holders earn an average of 60 percent more than high-school graduates who have not continued full-time higher education. Moreover, engineering, science a ...
Education, Employment, Jewish-Arab Relations, Women, high tech, higher education