International Relations – Friends of Amal Association
The Amal educational network (est. 1928) is a leading school network in Israel, with 128 educational institutions across the country, including high schools, junior high schools and colleges, with a total enrollment of over 40,000 students. Amal provides an educational-academic framework with an emphasis on technology, the sciences and the arts for all strata of the population from high-achieving young people of Israel’s elite to young people who are at risk.
Our network is motivated by a vision of innovation and entrepreneurship, and we are constantly developing and experimenting with new tools, pedagogies and practices such as:
Project-Based Learning - PBL
This is a pedagogic program, which started at the Amal network this year. This involves project-based investigative learning in a high-tech-high spirit (HTH). During this year, learning through Investigation was implemented in 8 schools and this also led to a change in external examinations.
This learning process connects the multidisciplinary principles, that are relevant to real life, with issues that are meaningful for students and adults alike. The great benefit of the program is that, for the first time, the schools will operate synergistically as a single learning community, as a community carrying out a systemic experiment together, and no longer as “isolated islands” and detached episodes. The program has been approved by the Experiment Department of the Ministry of Education and is operated as a pre-experimental pilot at eight schools in the Amal Group around the country. This is the first time that change in the Israeli learning and pedagogy culture is being implemented based on joint thinking and mutual study in communities of principles, teachers and students. Moreover, the inclusion of the practices, experiences and ways of contending with difficulties, is carried out with a view to generating meaningful and ongoing systemic change, in contrast with the current situation which is based on the personality of one principle or another, or on a teacher who has a particular interest in the particular field.
Entrepreneurial Centers Initiative
As part of an innovative step which, in particular, aims to impart essential skills for the integration of youth in tomorrow’s world of industry, Amal emphasizes the topic of Innovative Thinking Skills and operates Entrepreneurial Centers in the periphery, in order to train business and social leaders and thereby also contribute to Israel’s socioeconomic growth. The first innovation center was established at the Safed Multidisciplinary School and is operating, with great success, for the second year. The center focuses on developing innovation, original thinking and creativity skills, and enables students to specialize in media and communications, high tech and computers, health and medicine. The aim is to help the students realize their abilities, to develop innovative thinking and to provide them with a personal example of leveraging ideas, by the country’s top high tech professionals. Following the success of the venture in Safed an additional innovation center began to operate in Hadera, which focuses on application development and biomed. The Hadera center is the first in Israel to teach application development together with Apple and idigital, and biomed in collaboration with Hillel Yaffe Hospital and the biomedicine faculty of the Technion. The establishment of two additional centers in the coming school year is being considered. Innovation training is provided to students in cooperation with Unistream.
Learning and teaching via iPads
The Amal Pedagogic Administration and our Pedagogical Technological Development Center (PTC), are running a unique innovative groundbreaking project for studying projects, by means of iPad appliances, in the technology streams of four schools. The Holtz Air Force Multidisciplinary School will act as a flagship institution based on a 1 on 1 model whereby all the students and teachers receive iPads. The school will become a training and learning center. The project examines two types of models – an individual learning environment and a school learning environment, with close collaboration with Ministry of Education inspectors in the areas of communications technology (new media), mechatronics, aviation systems and machine control, as well as with worldwide Apple and idigital, through their Israeli representatives. The design of the active learning experience highlights collaboration, investigation and creativity, making the databases of the world’s educational applications accessible and utilizing the strength of the iPad as a means of multidisciplinary visual demonstration.
The Amal network educates its students in humanitarian values, national values and scientific-technological excellence. The network has emphasized programs that encourage innovation and initiative, providing advanced tuition that integrates ICT, conferring life skills, and nurturing the student as a thinking and creative human being. Furthermore, the network undertakes a wide range of activities associated with multi-culturalism and accepting people from all walks of life and all backgrounds.
The Amal group has 128 educational institutions spread across the country, from Safed and Nahariya in the north to Dimona in the south. These included high schools, junior high schools and colleges in Jewish, Arab (Muslim and Christian), Bedouin and Druze sectors, with a total enrolment of close to 40 000 students.
Amal has 41 multi-disciplinary comprehensive high schools under the supervision of the MoE; these provide academic and scientific-technological education for all sectors. Students select the professional tracks on which they wish to concentrate, out of the 18 tracks in the technological stream, and the full range of theoretical subjects that exist in Israel.
On completing their studies, including a matriculation certificate, Amal students can pursue academic studies or studies in a technician or practical engineering program, or can enter their chosen profession in the army and the workplace. Amal has 14 colleges for technicians and practical engineers, which are linked to the multi-disciplinary schools. Furthermore, Amal operates 8 technological education centers, which are also under MoE supervision, in which students with lower achievement levels can undertake vocational training and study basic or core theoretical subjects.
Since 2009 ultra-orthodox students have also joined the network. The Amal network provides T-vet (Technological vocational training) for the ultra-orthodox population by offering a two-year course for students from the 11th and 12th grades, primarily targeting young people at risk (around 700 boys and girls).
In addition, Amal has 22 technological schools spread across the country. This is the largest network that covers schools combining study and work. Around 4 200 students study at AMAL’s technological schools (out of about 13 500 students within the remit of Israel’s MoITL). Furthermore, the network has 16 colleges for adult students within the scope of the Amal Achievements adult education programs.
Amal 1 Educational Institutions
Ongoing Research and Development
Amal's ongoing research and development efforts focus on the In-service training for educators
Publication of instructional materials
:The main objectives of the Amal 1 network are as follows
To provide students with advanced comprehensive, scientific and technological education
To prepare our students to actively participate in an ever-changing society based on information technology
To improve academic and social achievement levels, and to increase students' preparedness for advanced, post-secondary studies
To provide skills necessary for life in a democratic and modern society, and to promote the values of tolerance and mutual respect
To further foster students' identification with the State of Israel and its values, focusing on the equal rights of all students
To encourage open communication between teachers, students and school administrators
To continuously strive for excellence on all levels – in all areas
The Amal 1 network operates a wide range of educational
:projects in a variety of areas as follows
Warm Homes for Amal Students
Advancement of Students with Learning Disabilities
Advancement of Social Coordinator as a Leader in the School Organization
Jewish Heritage Trip to Poland
Youth Wellness Project
Promotion of youth leadership in the Bedouin sector
Student Council Development
Technicians & Matriculation
English Access Micro-Scholarship Program
This is a day program aimed at bridging social gaps and creating a warm, supplemental framework within the schools, which encourages disadvantaged students, who moght otherwise be at risk of dropping school.
This unique intervention program aims to improve the achievements of students with learning disabilities by creating a supportive learning environment and educational climate, by developing learner-specific materials, and by providing the necessary support and effective teaching techniques and strategies for teachers in their efforts to advance theese students.
This project works towards developing and implementing an annual program, which promotes the Social Coordinator as an agent of change in the school environment.
This organized trip allows 11th graders to explore Jewish heritage and gain a sense of the historic, cultural, and social significance of man's behaviour – to both Jews and mankind. The purpose of this trip is multifold. One of the aims is to develop awareness to values, such as tolerance of differences between people and cultures and to raise awareness of the legacy of the Holocaust and its impact on the Jewish people. The trip also aims to further foster an appreciation of the cultural and spiritual wealth of the eastern European communities. Furthermore, it aims to teach the students about the struggle of the Jewish communities and encourage them to discuss the concept of "lambs led to slaughter". The trip is part of their studies of the Holocaust and the establishment of the State of Israel.
This is a unique national initiative to reduce the incidence of violence in the schools through improving the overall emotional and social well-being of students and teachers. The initiative was developed by Dr. Yossi Harel of Bar Ilan University in collaboration with colleagues from the World Health Organization and the Well Being International (WBI) Institute. It is a multi-year project that will gradually introduce and implement system-wide strategy in the schools. The strategy focuses on highlighting the positive in the school environment and in the personal experience of students and teachers. The project is unique in that it provides practical tools for reducing violent and dangerous patterns of behaviour. It encompasses a wide spectrum of student life, both within and outside the school, and emphasizes volunteering in the community as an important cornestone in empowering the induvidial
In cooperation with the Givat Haviva Institute, 10th grade students from southern Bedouin communities in Israel participate in a youth leadership project where they are encouraged to take responsibility for community involvement and assume leadership in their communities. Developed by the Center for Jewish-Arab Peace at the Givat Haviva Institute, the project recognizes the individual and collective potential to contribute to the future development of their communities.
The Amal 1 network collaborates with members of the schools' student councils and provides them with the strategies and training that will enable them to fulfill their leadership roles in the school.
Ongoing efforts are made to expand physical education activities and increase participation in sports among Amal students, and encourage intramural sports teams and network wide tournaments.
An accelerated study program operated in cooperation with the Ministry of Education, the Manufacturers Association of Israel, and the IDF. Participants take on an increased workload in the key academic subjects (Mathematics, Science, English, and Hebrew language arts), with the aim of completing the matriculation certificate by the end of the 11th grade, and earning a Technicians certificate by the end of the 12th grade. These students can then continue their studies toward a practical engineer's certificate or pursue other academic studies. At the same time, participating students train in factories, with the support and coordination of the Manufacturers Association of Israel, and constantly expand their knowledge and skills in their chosen specialization field.
This specialized post secondary track is intended for students who complete high-level matriculation certificates and is aimed at increasing the number of students who complete practical engineering studies prior to their enlistment in the IDF. These students are invited to pursue post-secondary technological studies toward a practical engineering certificate in electronics or mechanics at the Amal B Technological College in Petah Tikva or the Amal Engineering and Technology College in Beer Sheva. The programs at both of these colleges are operated in cooperation with the IDF.
This specialized post-secondary track focuses on the study of engineering and is operated in cooperation with Sami Shimon School of Engineering at the Amal Engineering and Technology College in Beer Sheva.
Aimed at increasing the number of Bedouin students who take the 4 and 5-point English matriculation examinations, the English Access program advances Bedouin students' achievements in English through a comprehensive enrichment program. Improved English skills will also advance their potential for participating in the socio-economic development of the country and in U.S.educational and exchange programs.
Since the program's implementation in 2005, an increased number of Bedouin students have successfully completed the English matriculation examination. The program is funded by the United States embassy and the U.S. state department.
Developed by Amal's English department, Star is a unique project devised to bridge recognition and understanding by opening the lines of communication between Arab and Jewish teenagers in the hope of planting the seeds of mutual respect and tolerance. At the same time, STAR provides a tool for advancing the students' writing (presentation) skills, speaking (social interaction) and reading (access to written information) skills in English as a In its first years of operation, 2005-2007, the program was funded by the United States Embassy. Since 2007, the program has.enjoyed the generous support for Dr. Predence Steiner
A joint debating project for 10th and 11th grade students from Jewish and Arab schools, aimed at fostering greater tolerance for the viewpoints of others, developing logical and critical thinking, and improving students' overall English skills, and their ability to communicate in spoken English in particular. The project includes a series of workshops and culminates in a final debate between students. The project is funded by the United States Embassy and is carried out in cooperation with the Isael Debating Society.
The main objective of Amal's International Relations Department and the Friends of Amal Association is to establish a solid infrastructure for raising funds and recruiting Friends, with the objective of finding additional channels of funding to develop the Network, while creating a wide public network of friends and supporters, both in israel and aboard.
Mr. Harry J. Bloomfield, QC, Canada, International President, the Association for the Advancement of Technological Scientific Scientific Education, Amal 1 plays a key role in this effort
The Amal 1 network also works closely with a number of leading organizations, such as THE ELDEE Foundation, Canada, which help to advance Amal, with the goal of acquiring the funds necessary to continue to advance educational projects for the Network's schools, including state-of-the-art laboratories, classrooms and workshops, books and other study materials, and scholarships, as well as construction and renovation projects
For further information or to make a contribution to the Amal 1 network, contact:
The Amal 1 Network Center, 15 Kehilat Kiev Street, Tel Aviv, Israel
Tel: +972-3-6450865 (Hadassah Wortman-Jonas, Director, International Relations)
Association for the Advancement of Technological Scientific Education, the Amal 1 Network
Tel Aviv, Israel
Canadian Friends of Amal