(photo credit: KKL-JNF)
The day-long conference represents the peak of activities which have accompanied the wooden open classrooms throughout the year. These open classrooms have been built with the support of KKL-JNF's friends around the world.
"What is special about KKL-JNF's green leadership classrooms
and educational program is that the children themselves become ambassadors for the environment, and this has a strong positive influence on the other children, on their families and on their neighborhoods." Leah, a science teacher at the Rabin Elementary School in Netivot, was speaking at the Green Leadership Classroom Conference for fourth to sixth graders from schools throughout Israel's south.
According to KKL-JNF's Hagit Ohana, who organized the event together with Yirmi David, director of KKL-JNF's leadership classroom program, this was the first conference of its kind in the southern region, with 35 schools and over 500 schoolchildren participating. The children were chosen by their schools for their leadership potential and charisma. Each school prepared a flag related to an environmental theme, and a panel of judges chose the three best flags based on creativity, its message and originality.
KKL-JNF Southern Region Director Ami Uliel noted that Israel's elections had taken place the day before. "I have no doubt that among the children who are here today, there are those who will grow up to be mayors, members of the Knesset, maybe even the prime minister. When you are older, you'll remember this day, and I hope it will inspire you to promote the values of Zionism, ecology, integrity and social justice."
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