A Visit to projects for education and culture in the Arava.
(photo credit: KKL-JNF)
On its last day in Israel, the JNF Australia Delegation began its visit to the Arava region at the community of Tzukim, where they signed on the founding scroll of a project in the artists’ village named for the Vidor Family.
Eyal Blum, the head of the Central Arava Regional Council, joined the signing of the founding scroll at the Tzukim Artists’ Village. “Every time we meet, we always feel as if we’re family,” he said. “The fruits of our partnership are evident throughout the Arava.”
From there, the members of the delegation continued to the Environmental Science Education Centre that was built thanks to the support of Friends of JNF Victoria and KKL-JNF. The building of the center was recently completed, and activities for local children are scheduled to begin in just a few weeks.
“The Arava leads innovation in science, technology and agriculture, and now we will be able to transmit this knowledge to our children,” said center director Oded Keynan. “In the Arava, we have the best researchers and the best students, and the new center will enable us to connect between them.”
Ninth-grader Ofir Buzaglo is a good example of one of the outstanding students. His expertise is 3D printers. “I love science, because it enables me to understand the world. I’m sure that it’s going to be a lot of fun to study here.”
“The vision that is being realized reminds us of birth,” said JNF Victoria President Ronit Fraid. “I am certain that the new center will contribute to science education, promote environmental research, increase environmental awareness and provide opportunities for the younger generation in these fields.”
Next to the Environmental Science Education Centre, new and modern labs that will serve researchers from the Research and Development Station in the central Arava are currently being built. This is a joint project of JNF Australia and JNF Canada. The researchers took the Aussie guests on a walk through the labs, which are still in the course of being built, and it was impossible not to notice how excited they were about the new project.
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