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Amal entrepreneurship center to represent Israel at EU conference
By Lidar Gravé-Lazi
06/19/2014
Some of the school's students developed a group of products for preschool children with cerebral palsy using a three-dimensional printer.
 
The entrepreneurship center of an Amal multidisciplinary school in Hadera was chosen as one of seven projects to be presented at an annual European Training Foundation entrepreneurship conference in Turin, Italy, it was announced on Wednesday.

A delegation from the ETF, which aims to assist EU partner countries “harness the potential of their human capital” through reforms in education, training and labor market spheres, notified the Amal center of its acceptance on Tuesday during a visit to the school.

“You were chosen by an advisory committee to entrepreneurial community projects as one of the projects with the best potentials to serve as inspiration to other countries,” the ETF decision said.

The entrepreneurship center in the Hadera school, which is part of the Amal educational network, aims to “impart essential skills for the integration of youth in tomorrow’s world of industry.”

It does this through the study and implementation of business management and entrepreneurship skills, combined with practical experience in high-tech fields for youngsters living in the periphery.

The center teaches application development in cooperation with Apple and iDigital, as well as biomedicine in collaboration with Hillel Yaffe Medical Center and the biomedicine faculty of the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology.

Some 70 students in ninth through eleventh grades were chosen to participate in the entrepreneurship center’s projects, which take place after school. The students can choose between the two areas of expertise and engage in discussions and seminars, as well as work to develop applications and external medical aids for people with disabilities.

As part of the project, eleventh- grade students developed an application for disabled children at Beit Issie Shapiro, providing them with content areas that were previously unavailable to them.

In the field of biomedicine, students developed a group of accessory products for preschool children with cerebral palsy using a three-dimensional printer recently acquired by the center.

The products were developed in collaboration with Milbat, a non-profit organization that aims to integrate people with disabilities into society through an accessible, adapted technological environment.

Amal network CEO Ravit Dom, who initiated the entrepreneurship center project, said she was very proud to “share our excellence” and represent Israel.

“I believe that the entrepreneurship center in Hadera is breeding a generation of entrepreneurs that will form the engine of society and the Israeli economy,” she said.

“Therefore it is very important to us to raise students who do not focus on the beautiful ivory tower built for them, but see themselves as a part of the social fabric of society, and are committed to promoting the economy on the one hand and all sectors of society on the other,” she added.
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