Western Galilee College
One of the most diverse student populations in any Israeli college is leading a sociological revolution.
Western Galilee College has one of the most diverse student populations in any Israeli college. 45% of students are Muslim, Christian, Druze, Circassian and from other members of Israel’s non-Jewish minorities. 75% of the student body are women. The majority of the students are the first people in their family to attend college.
For Hiba Khoury, a 2nd-year student at Western Galilee College, her ambition is clear: “I don’t want to just be a number; I don’t want to just be a woman at home. I want to work to change the world – in my Arab community and also within Israeli society. And this College is helping me and encouraging me to reach my full potential.”
A stronger, more cohesive Israel is one where all its citizens feel they have a stake in it. The Galil is not only the most diverse area of Israel, it is also one of the most economically deprived.
Western Galilee College plays a unique role in empowering young people to break the cycles of poverty that have often run for generations in their families.
In November 2014, UJIA celebrated the opening of the new School of Management, one of our most ambitious projects in the Galil. This addresses one of the most vital issues holding back the economic regeneration of the region – the lack of qualified managers. We also continue to fund bursaries for students who need help to pay for their education.
UJIA is now supporting a new ‘High Schools’ Business Programme’ at WGC which helps utilise the School of Management to raise the expectations and experience of local high school students. This could be crucial in enabling young people to pursue a higher education and, crucially, do this locally in the Galil.
We are also helping to link up college students with local employers via a work experience programme, which will give them the practical tools to transition from college life to the local economy.
"I want to work to change the world – in my Arab community and also within Israeli society. And this College is helping me and encouraging me to reach my full potential."
YOUNG PEOPLE REACHED BY UJIA IN THE GALIL DIRECTLY EVERY YEAR.
Proportion of students at the UJIA-supported Western Galilee college who are women
Number of youth movements receiving key funding from UJIA
Decline in size of UK Jewish population since its post-war peak
Young people sent on UJIA-supported Israel tour, gap year and other Israel experience programmes last year
WE SEND MORE THAN 50% OF OUR 16 YEAR-OLDS TO ISRAEL WITH THE UK YOUTH MOVEMENTS EVERY YEAR