French Students Get to Know the Real Israel

Some 300 French students of agronomy, forestry, environmental sciences and related subjects observe KKL-JNF’s activities throughout Israel, thanks to collaboration with the France-Israel Foundation.

March 8, 2015 11:23
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French Students 758. (photo credit: KKL-JNF)


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Programs for the student delegations that visit Israel include a whole day devoted entirely to KKL-JNF, with visits to various sites around the country. 

 “The students get to know another side of Israel – one that isn’t shown in the international media,” explained Aély Haccoun, Managing Director of the France-Israel Foundation’s Israel office and the initiator of the delegation program. “The Foundation’s aim is to bring the two nations together and create joint projects shared by both countries.”  
For most of the students, this will be their first encounter with Israel, and with KKL-JNF, too, of course. As far as KKL-JNF is concerned, this is an opportunity to display its varied activities and share with future environmental professionals the extensive knowledge it has acquired. And, of course, it is also a chance to show Israel in a positive light and improve its image worldwide. 

“Israel is very different from what I expected,” said Laura Piot. ‘It’s got a variety of natural landscapes and charming cities, and the weather is marvelous. Today I heard about KKL-JNF for the first time, and I was greatly impressed by the important things the organization does, especially where water is concerned, such as establishing reservoirs, combating desertification, cleaning up rivers and the bio-filter project.” 

This first delegation out of the five that are expected to visit Israel in the coming months comprised some 20 students in their early twenties, all of whom are studying a variety of subjects at AgroParisTech (The Paris Institute of Technology for Life, Food and Environmental Sciences), including agronomy, forestry, environmental sciences and food engineering. 

For further information, comments or permission please contact
Ahuva Bar-Lev
KKL-JNF – Information and Internet Department

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