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To the sound of children drumming, dancing and singing, a new green leadership classroom was dedicated at the Marshan Elementary School in the Galilee town of Shfaram on Tuesday, November 24.
“Marshan is an example of how a school should be, it is not only beautiful in terms of its physical surroundings; it is also known for its high level of education. I want to thank all the KKL-JNF employees, with whom we have very close ties, for their investment of time and resources here.”
Mr. Amin Enbatawi, the mayor of Shfaram, was speaking at the dedication ceremony of a new KKL-JNF green leadership classroom
at the local Marshan elementary school.
“We have absolutely no more patience for wars and violence. This land that we live in can and should be transformed into a paradise for both Jews and Arabs. We deserve to truly enjoy our wonderful country, there’s nowhere like it in the entire world, in terms of both nature and the diverse ethnic groups that populate it. There can be no quality of life without quality of the environment. The new leadership classroom will help our children to understand that the forests are theirs and that they need to care for nature just as they care for their own homes,” the mayor concluded.
Marshan Elementary School is located in the Galilee town of Shfaram, which has a population of about 40,000 Druze, Muslim and Christians. The school has about 280 students from first to sixth grades.
Yousef Hanifas, the school principal, said that he was very grateful “for the belief KKL-JNF has in our school’s educational path. The leadership classroom provides our students with a fun and exciting way of learning outside the classroom.”
The Green Leadership classrooms installed by KKL-JNF in grade schools all over Israel provide pupils with an awareness of ecological values. With the help of its friends worldwide, KKL-JNF installs these open classrooms made of wood in schoolyards, where they are the site of instructive sessions about sustainability
, ecology, geography and history.
Each Green Leadership group includes fifteen schoolchildren who participate in various activities with KKL-JNF instructors and then facilitate activities for the other pupils at their school. The members of the young leadership group become KKL-JNF “trustees” and promote taking responsibility for the environment, for the State of Israel and for the community.
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