ALEH’S ‘Tikkun Olam’ Program Teaches Israeli Teens the Importance of Inclusion

ALEH’S ‘Tikkun Olam’ Program Teaches Israeli Teens the Importance of Inclusion

ALEH’S ‘Tikkun Olam’ Program Teaches Israeli Teens the Importance of Inclusion

 

(Courtesy of ALEH) In September 2016, ALEH (www.aleh.org), Israel’s network of care for children with severe complex disabilities, joined forces with Israel’s Ministry of Education to launch “Tikkun Olam,” an experiential education program that exposes Israeli high school students to peers with disabilities and imparts the importance of acceptance and inclusion through lectures, workshops and hands-on volunteering opportunities. Building upon the success of its 2016-17 pilot program, ALEH will enhance Tikkun Olam’s offerings during the 2017-18 school year, beginning with the roll out of special programming to mark Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month (JDAIM) at schools across the country.

 

Geared towards students entering the ninth grade, Tikkun Olam was established to bring about a change in societal attitude towards individuals with disabilities through youth leadership and community engagement. In its first year, more than 10,000 Israeli students from 60 schools participated in the program, leading to a noticeable spike in youth-led volunteerism and social activism initiatives.

 

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