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Projects' Development

 

“I believe in the road we have taken with Nirim. We can see that it really works” (Iris, School Principle Afula)

 

 

 

Nirim Classes

In 2013 we have developed the Nirim Class model along with the Shachar Department at the Ministry of Education. The model is based on the methods used by Nirim in the Neighborhoods, and is aimed at returning dropout students to school. The curriculum includes a built-in weekly day-long social activity, outside school, where the students go on wilderness activities which provide them with challenges, meaningful experiences, and special conditions to increase their self-esteem. Nirim classes are complementary to the Nirim program in the Neighborhoods in cities we have opened Nirim homes.

Girls' Only Groups

Family background, tradition, environment and culture play a critical role in shaping aspirations & opportunities for youth living in deprived neighborhoods. In Israel, most of these neighborhoods have a large percentage of immigrants from republics of the former Soviet Union and Ethiopia. Girls in these families are caught between the strict traditional rules and the demands and values of Israeli society. Within these communities teenage girls are especially subject to severe constraints and basic rights elimination. Persistent sexism makes adolescence more confusing for girls by projecting mixed messages about the value and the role of women in society. A lack of female role models may make their dreams of future careers in male-dominated fields seem unrealistic. Needless to say practicing one of Israel highest duties - enlisting to the army is not even an option. Further, our experience has shown that the success of Nirim's program appears to be undermining some of these families' fundamental beliefs and so, as we enter a new neighborhood many girls are prevented by their parents from participating. Providing Nirim Girls Only Groups that ensure a level of separation from boys and have female staff will not only facilitate comfort and trust among the female youth but will also help to allow and encourage family acceptance. 

 

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