Boosting student participation and attainment in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
SAVING THE FUTURE
UJIA is supporting an ambitious programme across the Eastern Galil called STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths).The initiative is aimed at improving pupil performance in these key subjects to help them build a better future for themselves.
Additional teachers and equipment are provided to schools, as well as access to university facilities for school-age students. The activities are very hands on, with lots of experiments, problem solving and data gathering, rather than just lecture-based learning, so students find it easier to be engaged in what are often seen as difficult subjects.
The goal is to substantially increase the number of high school graduates from Eastern Galil with the level of qualification needed to pursue a science degree, on their way to rewarding employment in the scientific or technological industries.
The importance of STEM, and other educational initiatives in the Galil supported by UJIA, can hardly be over-stated. With a knowledge-based economy, Israel’s future depends on a pipeline of future scientists.
If we can foster a STEM-educated population, this will attract high- and mid-tech industries to the area. This is essential to stop the current ‘brain drain’ towards the centre of the country and create momentum among the region’s leadership. It will generate regional sustainability and build a renewed sense of community and make a significant and lasting impact on the lives of the participants, their communities and the entire Galil.
The STEM Initiative will serve 15 municipalities and regional councils in the Eastern Galil, which has approximately 100 localities, 220,000 people and 50,000 children in the education system. We are very pleased that STEM is currently being implemented at Darca Danciger High School, also supported by UJIA.
"The programme engages students by being very hands on, with lots of experiments, problem solving and data gathering."
YOUNG PEOPLE REACHED BY UJIA IN THE GALIL DIRECTLY EVERY YEAR.
Decline in size of UK Jewish population since its post-war peak
Population of the Western Galil
OF CHILDREN IN NORTHERN ISRAEL LIVE BELOW THE POVERTY LINE.
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