Providing Access to Underrepresented Communities
The potential for excellence is found throughout Israel – it is not limited to a certain region, community or gender. Therefore, our efforts are “color-blind”, as we strive to make quality teaching accessible to every type of student. However, as the foundation deepens its activities, we have found that the differences between communities and groups in Israeli society reveal that a uniform solution is not in all cases appropriate for all.
We have found that different communities and groups have different methods of coping with the challenge of excellence. For example, fewer female students choose to study physics and computer science; in the national religious sector, fewer students study chemistry; in Arab schools, clinical teaching has unique barriers; and in ultra-Orthodox schools, mathematics and science studies are particularly sensitive. For this reason, an in-depth study of each community led us to prepare special programs, so far on a small scale. In cases in which we will identify significant potential for excellence among these groups, we will attempt to increase our efforts with them.