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(photo credit: Courtesy of College for All)
At age 7, Frida Eliav immigrated to Israel with no Hebrew, no self-confidence,
and little hope of attending high school or pursuing higher
Now 22, she is studying theater at Tel Aviv University and
hopes to pursue an acting career thanks to the College for All
I’m not the same person I was before the program; my friends
tell me I’m more confident,” Eliav told The Jerusalem Post
. She has also come
back to perform in two of College for All’s graduation ceremonies since her own
On January 5, College for All will hold its 11th annual
fundraising event at Kibbutz Ga’ash, featuring Israeli alternative pop band The
The organization provides educational classes
nurturing gifted children from disadvantaged backgrounds across Israel. The
organization holds classes on more than 25 campuses throughout Israel for
students in grades two to 12.
College For All was set up in 1999 during a
protest by students at the Academic College of Tel Aviv-Jaffa over high tuition
costs. The protesters, hoping to make changes in Israeli society, started the
program aimed at supporting children from distressed neighborhoods.
organization started out with one center in Tel Aviv where classes were held in
a basement for elementary school students.
CEO and chairperson of College
for All, Dr. Shula Recanati, believes the program provides participants with
four domains that enrich their lives: academics, culture, community and
“Education is the best avenue for improving society. They are
talented children that can appreciate the opportunities the program gives them,”
Recanati told the Post.
Recanati became involved in the organization in
the early 2000s because she felt that Israel had major issues with social
“Looking at the Israeli society, I was alarmed at the increased
social gaps,” Recanati said. “I was excited to see an organization targeted at
underprivileged children. I was at the right age and right time to become
involved. I’m involved on a daily basis. I feel that my involvement and
contribution are highly needed and appreciated,” she said of her role in College
Classes are conducted four times a week after school, as well as
on holidays and vacations.
Each session runs for 4 hours for 1,500
Five hundred college students, some of whom are former program
members, help mentor the children. To become an instructor, the students
undertake a test to gauge their leadership skills and ability to connect with
children. In return for mentoring, the students receive part or full
The children are taught science, mathematics, literature
and English, and can take extra-curricular activities including theater, music,
acting and film. The program focuses on equipping the participants with
knowledge and skills to enter the real world.
Parental involvement is
also important in the children’s development, said Recanati. To that end,
College for All provides seminars and workshops to educate parents on what their
children are being taught in the program.
Support for the students
continues beyond graduation, and the organization helps graduates apply for
university and educates them on self-financing.
The fundraising event
will begin at 8:30 p.m., at the Stoa conference hall in Kibbutz Ga’ash on
January 5, 2012.
Tickets for the event cost NIS 400 and all money raised
goes towards funding the NGO organization.