School Encounter Program
Bridging divides to build mutual respect and social cohesion among students
The Municipality of Tel Aviv’s Education Administration is committed to promoting diversity, inclusion and democratic values.
Four years ago, the Municipality initiated a five-year pilot program called ‘Chavruta‘ to facilitate encounters between students and teachers from different educational streams or geographic areas who would not otherwise meet or interact. These include students from religious and secular, Jewish and Arab, north and south, and mainstream and special education schools.
The goal of the program is to build personal relationships and break down barriers between students by working together on joint projects. Projects are designed to promote listening and dialoguing with the ‘Other’ and develop mutual respect.
The program targets students in fourth grade and eighth grade from over 100 schools across Tel Aviv-Yafo. Over 6,000 students and 200 teachers participate in the program each year, which is comprised of eight meetings.
The Tel Aviv Foundation is seeking a philanthropic investment towards expanding the program beyond the five-year pilot. The requested donation is for three years to ensure consistency and continuity for students. The donation will be matched by the Municipality of Tel Aviv-Yafo.
Requested Donation (10 schools for three years): $82,500
Requested Donation (100 schools for three years): $825,000