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Education for Sustainability in a Shared Landscape

To know what exists, to invent something new and to encourage collaboration and meaningful learning
Education for Sustainability Programs

Sustainability is a worldview and way of live. Education for sustainability expresses the understanding that people depend on each other and on the ecosystems that sustain them.

Education in the Partnership region aspires to generate an affinity between man and the environment through the experience of wonder, to provide broad and in-depth knowledge about the natural systems in the nearby environment and the interactions between them and the human system, to promote critical thinking for coping with local dilemmas and to encourage involvement and action for the environment.

The educational activities emphasize development of a spatial identity and formation of cross-border collaborations to advance the creation of a sustainable landscape.

Fields of activity:

·         Leading various educational forums in partnership with educators and stakeholders

·         Accompanying educational projects

·         Running continuing education programs for school principals

·         Professional development for teachers

·         Accompanying and guiding preschool teachers

·         Running research programs with an emphasis on sustainability

·         Training students

Schools and preschools from communities in the Partnership that are interested in taking part in the educational programs are welcome to contact Irit Lador, director of education in “The Partnership for Regional Sustainability”.

To read about educational programs on ecological research in the field click here.

מבט לקיימות אזורית
נערים בתערוכה מבט לקיימות אזורית

תערוכה מקוונת של תלמידי תיכון ממרחב השותפות לקיימות אזורית הלומדים במגמת "גאוגרפיה אדם וסביבה".

במסגרת התכנית "מבט לקיימות אזורית" התבקשו התלמידים לצלם תמונה המייצגת תופעות, תהליכים, מושגים וסוגיות הקשורות לנושאי אדם -טבע -סביבה כדוגמת: גלובליזציה, שטחים פתוחים, פירוור, זיהום ים, מיחזור, טביעת רגל אקולוגית ועוד. לצד כל תמונה התלמיד כתב את הפרשנות שלו לתמונה, תוך נקיטת עמדה ביקורתית, ערכית וחינוכית. התערוכה הנודדת, הכוללת 39 צילומים של תלמידי תיכון ג'סר אל-זרקא ותיכון המשותף חוף הכרמל, הושקה ב-17/11/16 ברמת הנדיב ותוצג בהמשך השנה בחללים שונים באזור השותפות.

לפרטים נוספים והצטרפות לתכנית:

צאלה שחם tseela74@gmail.com

לצפייה בתמונות התלמידים

Along the river course
בשביל הנחל

The Tal”I Alona School has been working for some years to create an affinity and feeling of personal responsibility, among students, for their nearby environment and in particular for the Taninim River.
Within the framework of the educational program, 4th grade students are exposed to the natural and human values along the length of the river, study it as a habitat for animals, become familiar with its different segments, and take part in activities that contribute to nature conservation and broaden the school community’s familiarity with the river. The activities are run by a guide from Nature and Parks Authority and the environmental education teacher at the school, and they include weekly meetings involving short and long excursions to the river’s surroundings.

This is a joint project with the Alwadi School in Jisr al-Zarqa. Two groups of children host each other in the segment of the river close to them. There they become familiar with the environment and conduct joint research activities and creative workshops.

For further details and to join the activities:
Yuval Zarfati yuvalz1973@gmail.com    


On the path of neighborliness and nature
בשביל השכנות והטבע

This project is part of the educational-environmental initiative of the Hof HaCarmel local council to promote the Hof HaCarmel Trail within its boundaries. The aims of this project include: promoting meaningful learning, becoming familiar with the trail and meeting people on the trail. The trail’s route passes from the Ma’agan Michael beach through the Jisr al-Zarqa beach heading to Caesaria, within the communities of Jisr al-Zarqa and Beit Hananya.

This educational project promotes meetings in nature between preschool children from Beit Hananya and Jisr. A distance of only 2 km, comprising the Taninim River and agricultural fields, which are part of the Israel National Trail, separate between the residents of Beit Hananya and Jisr, but the distance between the communities’ residents, and in particular between the children, is far greater and is expressed by differences in culture and language.

The aim of the project is to bring children from the two communities together in nature, to learn about and protect biodiversity in their nearby environment. Preschool children have an advantage – their common language is the language of play, and not necessarily spoken language. Creating a personal connection already at preschool age, between the children, and between their parents, in the natural environment that they share, is a critical step in creating a better life for everyone, a feeling of belonging, and consideration for our neighbors and for nature.

For further details and to join the activities:
Racheli Avrahamracheli@hcarmel.org  


A bridge between communities
גשר הקשתות

The Hof HaCarmel CommunitySchool in Ma’agan Michael is promoting a project that aims to build a bridge to link between the two communities.

A virtual bridge – joint meetings of 10th grade students from the Hof HaCarmel School in Ma’agan Michael and the Jisr al-Zarqa High School, to create a channel of communication, connection and cooperation, alongside meetings between the teaching staff and parents. The meetings are facilitated by “A New Way”, an organization that fosters co-existence between Jews and Arabs. The meetings take place both at the school and outside of the classroom environment, in particular by the Taninim River.

A physical bridge – within the framework of this project is the planned reconstruction of the historic Wilhelm Bridge – a Turkish aqueduct located at the estuary of the Taninim River, between Jisr al-Zarqa and Ma’agan Michael. The bridge was built in 1848 before the visit to Israel of the German Kaiser Wilhelm II, who asked to travel in his carriage from Haifa to Jerusalem along the coast. The bridge was destroyed by various floods and its remains lie on either side of the Taninim River. Reconstruction of the bridge will enable a physical connection over the river, in addition to its symbolic role.

Students from the Hof CaCarmel Community School and students from the Jisr al-Zarqa High School will work together to reconstruct the aqueduct and together they will guide people along a trail that will pass between Ma’agan Michael and Jisr al-Zarqa.

For further details and to join the activities:
Miri Gross mirigrs@gmail.com      

Sea Daffodil
חבצלת החוף

An educational project initiated by the Elkandil elementary school, to raise awareness about preserving the balance and role of biodiversity in the village Jisr al-Zarqa, on the beach and in the fisherman’s village. The aim of the project is to strengthen the feeling of belonging and responsibility of the village’s children regarding their environment and to work to conserve nature and biodiversity.

The educational program will work to create a connection and affinity of the students to the place (through observation, identity, mapping and learning about the unique characteristics of the village’s surrounds and the beach), in-depth learning of these characteristics via research activities and learning about environmental issues and will lead to the development of pride and hope and change in the community.

The outcome of the program will be a virtual museum built by the students. The museum will emphasize the unique characteristics of the village Jisr al-Zarqa, such as the Sea Daffodil, Autumn Narcissus, Spiny Rush, fish, and protected and endangered marine animals. Learning within the program is multidisciplinary and is conducted across a range of subjects at school.

The project is one of several activities in the school that take place in cooperation with the local council, the parents’ committee, the student council, Friends of Jisr al-Zarqa, and the Clean Coast Program of the Ministry for Environmental Protection, run by the Society for Protection of Nature in Israel, which includes teacher training.

For further details and to join the activities:
Wegod Darvasha wegod2007@gmail.com

Forest education
חינוך יער

An initiative of the residents of Givat Ada who aspire to educate the community’s students to a lifestyle in nature, a love of sustainability, and a feeling of uniqueness and belonging to the place and to the community.

Forest education is based on learning outside of the classroom, in the Alot Ada Community Forest. As part of the project, teaching staff from the community will be trained, with the assistance of volunteers and professionals, to develop and implement year-long programs for all students in the community. The activities will include regular excursions to the forest area, for camping activities, environmental education activities, spiritual and therapeutic activities, and educational and community activities according to the holistic model that has been developed. In addition, KKL-JNF professionals and expert volunteers will collaborate to maintain and rehabilitate the forest. The project is supported by the education department of the local council and the community education system. The aim is to change the educational style in the area towardsthe approach of forest education, while creating a relationship between the educational institution and its unique, nearby environment.

For further details and to join the activities:
Anat Lev Ari Anat@maarag.com

Learning together – local biodiversity
פריחה מגוון ביולוגי

For a number of years, the Geva School has been running a unique project to learn about biodiversity in the Founders’ Grove, led by Shahar Gurevich. During excursions to the grove, the school students were exposed to the special and impressive botanical diversity present in the grove, as well as the many environmental threats facing the grove’s animal and plant communities. The students worked together with the community to protect the grove and its vegetation and published a field guide unique to the location.

This year the Geva School asked to collaborate with another school that works to conserve local biodiversity in another location. Facilitated by the education department at Ramat Hanadiv, a connection was made with the Elkandil School that works to raise awareness and conservation of biodiversity on the coast of Jisr al-Zarqa.

The Elkandil School hosts the Sea Daffodil Program, within which students become familiar with the natural values unique to the surrounds of the village and coast. In Givat Ada, students from the school learn about the unique biodiversity of the Founders’ Grove – flowering of Colchicum-flowered Sternbergia and other geophytes.

The two programs promote a deepening of knowledge about biodiversity, work to raise awareness of the importance of nature conservation among school children and their families, to bring the communities’ residents close to nature and heritage values and to promote community empowerment. The shared project includes joint meetings in nature, mutual learning, and peer instruction, where the groups guide each other. In this way, they learn from each other about characteristics of the environment and about research methods, and work together to conserve, care for and clean the environment.

Green youth leadership
מנהיגות נוער ירוקה

A program to empower youth and produce a cohort of leaders operates in the new middle school in Jisr al-Zarqa.

The aim of this program is to create personal empowerment among the youth, to create belonging and local pride in the village and the river, and to promote a worldview that will lead them to take responsibility and act for their environment. This program developed from a belief that young adults have the power to motivate and influence the community and society in different spheres of belonging.

The program combines learning in science classes, guided by the school teachers, with informal activities after school hours. Within the framework of the program the students will initiate activities to adopt a segment of the river near the school. They intend to work towardsmaintaining and cleaning the area, establishing seating for outdoor learning and for the enjoyment of local residents, runningsummit days and guiding young students during excursions to the river.

The activities are run in partnership with the local council and education department.

For further details and to join the activities:
Suhad Nazme nazme@walla.com

A community that grows education grows community
ילדים בגינה

The Alona cluster of preschools has initiated shared activities in all the preschools in the cluster, in partnership with all the Alona communities and institutions – education, youth and in particular, the council’s elderly.

The aim of the project is to adopt and care for the Founders’ Grove at the center of Givat Nili. The activities include: reintroducing local species,maintaining the circular walking trail,repairing play equipment, improving and cleaning the site, preserving the heritage of grove through stories and memories of elderly residents. The intent is to turn the site into a focus of community activity by establishing a tradition of joint events in the grove, such as national holidays, monthly birthday celebrations for children and the elderly, and more.

In this project, emphasis will be placed on documenting the process and writing a children’s book.

For further details and to join the activities:
Yael Gozlan yaelgoz68@gmail.com

A nest for the Barn Swallow
סנונית הרפתות

An educational project in the schools of Zikhron Ya’akov works to encourage the Barn Swallow to nest in the town. The aim of the project is to stop the destruction of swallows’ nest by businesses and to encourage nesting in neighborhoods and close to schools by constructing artificial nests. For your information – one swallow eats about 2,000 mosquitoes a day!!! It can thus provide a natural and friendly solution to the mosquito problem in the town.

As part of this project, 5th grade students in all of the schools in Zikhron Ya’akov learn about the issue and become ambassadors to the business owners in the town. As well as going out to businesses in the town and conveying the message of nature conservation and protection of swallow nests, the students are constructing artificial nests that will be installed for the swallows’ use.

For further details and to join the activities:

Tzahala Brosh tzahala.eco@gmail.com 

Unlimited reading
ילדה קוראת

Bereshit School in Binyamina is initiating the establishment of open community libraries in public spaces around Binyamina. The libraries will contain used books that the public may read and return, borrow and return to use or swap for other books that they donate.

The aim of this project is to strengthen the feeling of community, good neighborliness and brotherhood through unlimited, mutual giving. The libraries will be built by parent volunteers from reused raw materials (furniture parts, wood, and other materials). The building is professionally guided by volunteer carpenters. The libraries will be installed in public locations where people meet, such as playgrounds, the community center, buildings used by local youth movements, bus stops, banks and post offices and so on.
The school children will work to gather donations of books and to ensure ongoing maintenance of the libraries – adding books, caring for and fixing books, appropriate signage. Likewise, they will add exhibitions of artwork and creations inspired by books and authors and will run story hours open to the public, fun and enrichment activities about selected books or authors and more.

For further details and to join the activities:
Tali Hananya - taligilh@gmail.com

Sustainable Jisr trail
מטיילים בג'יסר אל זרקא

The Al-Manara Middle School is promoting an environmental-educational-community project around the Jisr al-Zarqa walking trail. The trail clarifies and intensifies the strengths of the village and motivates students and residents towards cultural-civil involvement and responsibility. Development of the trail within the framework of this project will enable business-tourism development that emphasizes nature conservation. This educational project promotes a process of meaningful learning that leads to familiarity with the unique cultural history of the village, a feeling of belonging and pride in the place and its environment, personal empowerment and provision of values and culminates in an environmental change – caring for and cleaning the environment.

The project began in 2013/14, at the initiative of children at the school who documented personal stories of the village elders. Through them, they learned about history, local geography, and also the personalities who influenced the village over many areas. The outcomes of this learning will assist the establishment of stations along the walking trail. In the next school year, the students will do a training course and will develop activities centered on the trail.

For further details and to join the activities:
Shadi Amash- shadi9811@gmail.com

Second-hand shop
חנות יד שניה תיכון המושבה

HaMoshava High School in Zikhron Ya’akov is establishing a second-hand shop on the grounds of the school. The shop is being set up by the school’s students and is intended to begin serving the students and residents of the town in the current school year. The students will collect used and intact clothes and accessories, construct the shop space and set it up for selling products, and will also sell the items and take care of the daily operation and maintenance of the shop.

For further details and join the activities:
Michael Reinherz- mreinherz@walla.com