School to School
A remarkable programme, connecting 11 UK Jewish schools with schools in northern Israel.
In this programme 11 schools in the Galil are partnered with 11 Jewish schools in Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool and London. By learning from, with and about each other, the programme strengthens the Jewish identity of hundreds of participants and enhances the school curricula.
The exposure that the UK students, parents and teachers have to their Israeli counterparts really deepens their connection with Israel. Equally important is how contact with the UK participants affects how Israelis understand Judaism, the Diaspora and the centrality of Israel to the Jewish people.
Our activities revolve mainly around the Jewish holidays, Jewish values and the ongoing school curriculum. They include joint celebrations, joint curriculum projects, artwork sent between schools and much more. Schools meet “virtually” through skype and video conferencing and also in person through annual teacher seminars and exchanges, as well as other opportunities for students to connect in person.
The programme is so successful that UJIA intends to expand the School-to-School Partnership Programme to reach more schools, further strengthening the link between the UK and northern Israel.
‘The UJIA School-to-School Partnership Programme has enabled my staff to benefit professionally by sharing best practice during visits to and from our partnership school. The teachers have further developed strong links with their peers in the Galil by looking at common issues for development and creating joint programmes for the coming year. It would be difficult to achieve this level of teacher involvement and impact without the face to face encounters.’ – Head Teacher
“We love our partner school. Stopping this project would be like separating twins.”
YOUNG PEOPLE REACHED BY UJIA IN THE GALIL DIRECTLY EVERY YEAR.
Decline in size of UK Jewish population since its post-war peak
Number of youth movements receiving key funding from UJIA
Young people sent on UJIA-supported Israel tour, gap year and other Israel experience programmes last year
Merom Hagalil’s income is almost 40% below the national average
Number of young people in the Galil reached by the UJIA-supported Kibbutz Eshbal