Holocaust survivor and Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel is to serve as president of the Feuerstein Heritage Foundation, named after the late Prof. Reuven Feuerstein, it was announced on Sunday.
The announcement was made ahead of a ceremony on Monday to commemorate 30 days since Feuerstein’s death, set to take place at the Jerusalem International Convention Center in the presence of Education Minister Shai Piron, Welfare and Social Services Minister Meir Cohen, Israel Prize laureate Adina Bar-Shalom, and former Justice Minister Yaakov Neeman.
Over the course of the weekend, Rabbi Refael Feuerstein, the late professor’s eldest son, met with Wiesel and asked him to head the foundation.
“I’ve said in the past that I will do whatever I can to help your father, who developed ways to help the world, and wherever I can help – I’ll help,” Wiesel responded.
Prof. Feuerstein, a clinical, developmental and cognitive psychologist, developed an educational method aimed to “maximize human potential” through the teaching of thinking and learning skills in a unique way. The Feuerstein Method has proven to enable people with educational, cultural or behavioral difficulties to greatly increase their learning and as a result to become contributing members of society.
His books and tools have been translated into dozens of languages and his method has been implemented in some 40 countries, serving to advance, among others, the Roma children in Slovakia, refugee children from the genocide in Rwanda, street children in South Korea, teachers in the rural areas of South Africa and the Cherokee tribes in reservations in the US.
It was Feuerstein’s lifelong wish to bring his knowledge to underprivileged populations in the world, having said in the past that children from Africa and Asia “are dying not because of a lack of food, clean water or due to violence or AIDS,” but rather “because of a lack of education.”
The Feuerstein Heritage Foundation was established with the aim of bringing the Feuerstein Method to “all those in the world who need vital learning and thinking skills in order to open the door to an independent, protected and productive life.”