1st Anniversary of the 5-Year Jerusalem Municipality Plan to Bridge Gaps in East Jerusalem
Dozens of successful projects, thousands of students reached, and investments amounting to NIS 100 million
Today Mayor of Jerusalem, Moshe Lion, held a celebratory event marking a year since the launch of the five-year plan for East Jerusalem. Since its launch, NIS 100 million of the NIS 2 billion total budget have been invested, with a particular focus on educational projects. Among the projects implemented this year include: promoting Hebrew-language proficiency, 300 students from East Jerusalem completing their first year at the Hebrew University, building classrooms, renovating and equipping educational buildings, constructing computer labs, computerization of classrooms, the expansion of the Karev program for kindergartens, creating the Center for Excellence, opening the first conservatory in East Jerusalem, and the opening of an entrepreneurship center in cooperation with Unistream.
In addition, many projects in areas that indirectly influence the education system have been carried out, including improving infrastructure and public transport, replacing cleaning services in the eastern part of the city, creating shaded areas, renovating courtyards and construction of sports fields.
Mayor of Jerusalem, Moshe Lion, said, "I am happy and proud to conclude this year of successful cooperation. The Jerusalem Municipality and the government ministries made a courageous decision together to bring about a dramatic and unprecedented change in the East Jerusalem school system, which has been neglected for nearly 50 years. East Jerusalem students deserve an excellent education and it is our duty and mission to achieve this goal. The achievements we have seen tonight truly paint a picture of hope."
The event was attended by Jerusalem Municipality CEO, Itzik Larry; Head of Education Administration, Aviv Keinan; Director of the Arab Division, Lara Mubaraki; Director of the Five-Year Plan in the Education Administration, Zion Regev; Deputy Director General of the Jerusalem Office and Heritage, Sarit Goldstein; Education Ministry Director-General, Shmuel Abuav; Jerusalem District Director, Meir Shimony and Jerusalem District Commissioner, Yaffa Yashar.
Students presented a variety of projects that they were involved in over the past year, including:
- A technology center afterschool program at the Beit Hanina Comprehensive School for Girls, which teaches science, technology, 3D, research and more.
- Unistream Student Initiatives - students from the A-Tur Comprehensive School for Boys presented an electronic "Doctor Robot" that can identify the condition of a person who is sick and can even offer a solution to the patient. Students also presented a "smart toothbrush" with an alarm clock for children up to the age of 13.
- My Surfing Program – a club that meets once a week for six months where students speak about surfing, sea life, balance and more.
- Electric Car courses run by Amal – students were trained to check, diagnose, and deal with a variety of elements and electrical components in automotive vehicles.
- Household electricity courses run by Amal – students learned the basics of electrical science, electronics and electromagnetic fields. Students were also exposed to various subjects such as energy, electronics, automated control systems, signal processing and non-wired communications.
- Graphic Design - students used a variety of graphic design methods including calligraphy, visual art, and page design.
- Cellular Technician – students learned the basics of cellular technology.
- Student Films – students from the Kfar Aqeb Boys School presented "Kfar Aqab - Between Past and Present," describing the difficulties of daily life and showcasing the old city of Kfar Aqeb in an attempt to increase tourism to the village. The Shuafat Girls B School presented an animated film, and the Issawiya Girls School presented a film that was prepared and screened at the Cinematheque Film Festival.
- Cooking and Baking by Amal – students learned the art of combining ingredients, spices and flavors, as well as how to best prepare and serve dishes.
- 3D Printing – students demonstrated how to use TINKERCAD to print products in on a 3D printer.
- Sculpture – Empowerment Through Visual Arts – the program offers exposure to classical and contemporary works of art and experience with various forms of artistic materials. The program addresses social issues in the classroom and emphasizes emotional expressions in art and personal empowerment.
- Robotics – students from the A-Tur school presented a project, "The Poet of Ramadan," in which a robot walks around the neighborhoods in the mornings singing songs to wake residents for the last meal before the fast.
- Empowerment through Photography – students learn about this critical, sociological, and democratic medium, through which students can formulate a critical approach to themselves.
- The Albachir Program – outstanding young men and women from East Jerusalem are trained for academic studies at the Hebrew University. The program has two tracks: one for 10th and 12th grade students, in which 100 students spend one day a week at the Givat Ram campus, and one for university students, in which 20 university students are supported during the course of their studies.
- Hebrew Language Instruction - 12th graders at Beit Safafa High School enhanced their Hebrew language study by learning original texts, short stories and poetry, syntax, and proper sentence structure.
- Personal Empowerment Through Dubka Dance – alongside instruction in this traditional Arab dance, the program includes an empowerment program that focuses on developing involvement, responsibility, caring and leadership skills.