Transforming a run down school for 1,200 children.
One of United Jewish Israel Appeal’s newest projects is the Darca Danciger School in Kiryat Shmona, Israel’s northernmost town and one of its poorest. UJIA is embarking on an ambitious and long overdue project to rejuvenate and transform this school for the benefit of its 1,200 pupils.
The School was established 60 years ago and is a six-year high school. The campus, facilities and equipment have not been maintained or developed for many years, resulting in a neglected campus which is failing to keep pace with educational needs and technological advances.
Sadly, in its current state it is simply not fit to promote the long term success vital for such a large community school, to the disadvantage of the pupils passing through the doors every day.
Pupils say that the teachers at Danciger give them ‘self-esteem’ and ‘confidence’. They see them as ‘family’ and as ‘teachers for life’ that bring them towards a successful future. But the building surrounding them does not reflect this nurturing atmosphere. This is why they need our help.
UJIA is leading the way in the building and renovation work to create a modern, fit for purpose school. Work will begin with the demolition of the existing sports hall, construction of a new classroom block, relocation of the library and extensive refurbishment to both the Middle School and High School buildings.
UJIA is also funding the STEM Initiative at the school, boosting student participation and attainment in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Teach First is another programme offering quality teachers to students here.