Students' electronics work at KKL-JNF House.
(photo credit: YOAV DEVIR KKL-JNF)
The KKL-JNF House for Developing Technological and Scientific Excellence was dedicated in Upper Nazareth on March 13, 2018 at a festive ceremony in the presence of the President of Israel, Mr. Reuven Rivlin; KKL-JNF World Chairman Mr. Daniel Atar and the Mayor of Upper Nazareth, Mr. Ronen Plot.
“We must make certain that every child who is born and grows up in Upper Nazareth should be able to climb any peak that he or she aspires to,” said Israeli President Reuven Rivlin. “This center narrows gaps and offers hope that the sky is the limit.”
The center, which is KKL-JNF’s pilot project in this field, provides tutorials and enrichment activities for youth, with the goal of encouraging excellence and developing young leadership in Israel’s peripheral regions, offering equal opportunities for youth in order to bridge the gap between the country’s central and more distant regions. The structure was designed with a young and innovative spirit and includes classrooms, a computer lab, an auditorium and an open space for social activities.
“This center represents the meeting point between ideas and their realization in the field,” said KKL-JNF World Chairman Danny Atar. “The story of renewing Zionism is the story of realization. Here we will provide tools so that everyone will have an equal opportunity for excellence.”
The building of the KKL-JNF House was made possible thanks to the support of friends of KKL-JNF worldwide, including a contribution from the estate of Maurice Kamoun from Marseilles, France.
Mr. Ronen Plot, the Mayor of Upper Nazareth, took his honored guests for a guided tour of the center and to meet the youth active there. Everyone saw the teens’ technological innovations and their work in electronics, watched a debate and presentation on space, and spoke with the students about their activities.
President Rivlin and KKL-JNF Chairman Atar asked one of the boys how the KKL-JNF house helps him. “I came here after failing physics, and thanks to the tutorials I passed the last test,” he answered. Another girl said that she had failed in chemistry in the past, but thanks to the activities at KKL-JNF House, she was now getting grades that are over 80.
“For a mayor, there is no more important field to invest in than education,” Plot said. “Our dream is to see our youth continue to make progress so that in the future we’ll have a ceremony in honor of a resident of Upper Nazareth receiving the Nobel Prize.”
Watch video of the inauguration of the KKL-JNF House in Upper Nazareth