Merchavim, the Institute for the Advancement of Shared Citizenship in Israel, works to equip young Israelis of all backgrounds to build a shared future by learning about their fellow citizens, appreciating the diversity of Israeli society and working together to make their classrooms, schools and communities, fairer – for the benefit of all.
Merchavim’s approach has been developed by and for Israelis of all backgrounds, in full cooperation with Israel’s Ministry of Education. A growing range of programmes provides creative, age-appropriate activities from kindergarten to 12th grade, based on Merchavim’s Shared Citizenship Model and built around five core concepts: identity, access, fairness, limits of agreement and active shared citizenship.
29 March 2017
Jewish and Arab elementary school students from the mixed city of Lod in central Israel are working together in a unique program that includes an archaeological dig at the site of the city's famous mosaic, in cooperation with the Israel Antiquities Authority.
The program, titled "Shared Lives -- Communal Archaeology in Lod," is run jointly by the IAA, the Efshar Aheret (Different Can Be Better) organization, Merchavim -- The Institute for the Advancement of Shared Citizenship in Israel, and is funded by the Morningstar Foundation and the Lod Municipality.
23 March 2017
Now, more than ever, it is the critical responsibility of decision-makers to work cooperatively for the benefit of Israel's social and cultural fabric. Multiculturalism has led Israel to great achievements and economic strength, and made it a global leader in a number of scientific fields.
14 December 2016
Israel’s population is a mishmash of Jewish communities from around the globe, with a healthy dash of local Arabs. Like any society, Israel struggles to find a way to create a healthy shared society between the disparate parts of the community that came to the land with their own customs, cultures, emotional baggage and expectations.
31 August 2016
Over three years, the number of public Israeli-Arab teachers has jumped from 420 to 588 - though not everyone is applauding the achievement.
29 August 2016
The number of Israeli Arab teachers working in Jewish state schools has increased by 40% in recent years to reach 588 in the last school year, up from 420 just three years ago. The jump is the result of a program to integrate Arab teachers of English, mathematics and science, into Jewish schools, reducing surplus of teachers in the Arab sector & promoting coexistence.
18 August 2016
1) More and more, young people are seeing Israel as a prime destination for teaching English after college. Through Masa Israel Teaching Fellows, we’ve brought hundreds of participants to more than a dozen Israeli communities from Netanya to Rahat.
2) the educational, economic and social benefits to Israel and Israeli society from the current placement of around 600 Arab teachers — all Israeli citizens — in Jewish schools teaching a range of subjects, including English, are well documented.