MERCHAVIM - The Institute for the Advancement of Shared Citi...

MERCHAVIM - The Institute for the Advancement of Shared Citizenship in Israel

Every school and every classroom is characterized by diversity. Educators must provide students the tools to flourish within this diversity, so that they can succeed at school, in higher education, employment, and the community at large. Merchavim is an Israeli nonprofit, established in 1998, working to assist young citizens from different backgrounds to get to know one another, value differences, increase awareness of shared citizenship and create fairer classrooms, schools and communities. Unique to Merchavim is the Shared Citizenship Model, developed by a diverse group of educational professionals.  Merchavim works holistically and engages with diversity rather than limiting the idea of identity to a binary.

Since its establishment, Merchavim has trained approximately 4,000 Arab and Jewish educators through in-depth seminars of 30-60 hours.  This diverse group of educators influence hundreds of thousands of young citizens yearly in addition to the thousands of students who are direct participants in programs.  Evaluation studies consistently show that Merchavim's programs lead to meaningful changes in attitudes towards the 'other' among teachers and students, affecting their behavior in school and in society.

In recent years, Merchavim has worked with teams of civil society organizations, and other organizations, in the development of diversity and fairness within their organizations (equal opportunity, mutual respect, and a sense of belonging) among their employees and clients.

  

 

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PROGRAMS IMPLEMENTED
PROGRAM NAME ISSUES/TAGS
Encounters
Merchavim works to promote encounters and build connections between Arab and Jewish students through the various class subjects taught in the school system. This program includes training courses for hundreds of Arab and Jewish teachers, encounters f ...
Education, Jewish-Arab Relations, Negev Bedouin, Women, arts
Seminars and Workshops
Merchavim runs a variety of seminars for Arab and Jewish education professionals, teachers, kindergarten teachers, subject teachers and other educational staff,  that provide tools to promote fairness and acceptance of the 'other&# ...
Education, Jewish-Arab Relations, Negev Bedouin, Women
Teaching Staff Diversity
Merchavim’s Arab Teacher Integration in Jewish Schools (ATI) program is a joint initiative with the Ministry of Education, with the goal of placing 500 Arab-Israeli teachers in Jewish schools to teach English, math, and science (in addition to ...
Education, Jewish-Arab Relations, elementary and high school
Let's Talk: Communicative Arabic and Arab Society
Merchavim's "Let's Talk" Arabic program has emerged as a proven-effective tool for teaching young Jewish-Israelis communicative Arabic and improving inter-group attitudes. The "Let's Talk" curriculum has been ...
Education, Jewish-Arab Relations, Women, encounters/dialogue, leadership, shared society, youth
Merchavim 500
Seeks to introduce effective and sustainable shared citizenship education into 500 Jewish secular, religious and Israeli Arab schools from kindergarten to 12th grade, in partnership with Israel's Ministry of Education.  
Education, Jewish-Arab Relations, encounters/dialogue, leadership, shared society, youth
Merchavim: Shared Citizenship in the Jewish-Religious School Stream
Helps religious educators address what are widely perceived by their students as deep and inherent tensions between the Jewish and democratic aspects of Israel's identity. Encourages students to better balance religious and civic aspects of their ...
Education, Jewish-Arab Relations, encounters/dialogue, leadership, shared society, youth
Merchavim: Shared Citizenship Teacher Enrichment Seminars
A wide-range of teacher training and encounter programs are offered to train teachers in the area of shared citizenship, including three-day residential seminars at The National Teacher Enrichment Center in Beit Yetsiv, Beer Sheva.
Education, Jewish-Arab Relations, encounters/dialogue, leadership, shared society, youth
Merchavim: Spaces of Shared Citizenship
Through this program, which is run in full partnership with the Arab Schools Branch of the Ministry of Education, students are motivated and encouraged to work hard to achieve full civic integration within Israeli society while maintaining a proud se ...
Education, Jewish-Arab Relations, Policy and Legislation, encounters/dialogue, leadership, shared society, youth
Merchavim: Teaching Across School Streams
Integrates 20 Israeli Arab math, English and science primary school teachers into 10 Jewish secular schools. The program aims to advance the economic integration of Israeli Arabs in Israeli society; change attitudes and enrich shared citizenship thro ...
Education, Jewish-Arab Relations, Policy and Legislation, encounters/dialogue, leadership, shared society, youth
CONTACT INFORMATION
MERCHAVIM - The Institute for the Advancement of Shared Citizenship in Israel
4 Hamelaha Street
B Entrance
Lod 7152010
Israel
Phone: (972) 542637854
Email: tamara@merchavim.net

Website: http://www.machon-merchavim.org.il/index.php?lang=en
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