Darca Danciger High School
How a rebuilt school can be the catalyst that revives Israel’s northern-most town.
The border town of Kiryat Shmona is on the front-line of past and future attacks from Israel’s northern neighbours. Combined with enduring economic deprivation, this town and regional centre has always struggled. A thriving Darca Danciger High School – Kiryat Shmona’s only general secondary school – is the pre-requisite for a renewed, positive future.
Watch the video to see how the school’s inspiring pupils and dedicated teachers are determined to build better futures, and how essential the rebuilding programme (supported by UJIA) is to their being able to fulfil their dreams.
Darca Danciger High School was established 60 years ago and is a six-year high school with 1,200 pupils. 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.
"There is no doubt that this shared commitment will allow our students to succeed and to achieve almost anything."
- Ifa Schlayer, Principal
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