World Conference on Education participants at Independence Hall in Tel Aviv.
(photo credit: YOAV LIN/KKL-JNF)
The KKL-JNF World Conference on Education began on July 18, 2018, with a visit to the KKL-JNF House in Tel Aviv. This year, the participants hail from fifteen different countries, and while they are here, they will have a firsthand experience of Israel along with receiving educational tools that they can use in their educational frameworks back home.
The conference is the highpoint event of year-round educational activities organized by the KKL-JNF Education Department together with school principals, teachers and educators from around the world. This year, the conference marks Israel’s seventieth anniversary. For eight days, participants will tour throughout the country, listen to lectures, participate in workshops, enrich their educational toolbox, connect to KKL-JNF values and deepen their connection to the state of Israel.“The huge demand from educators throughout the world to participate in our challenging educational program in Israel, and the desire to share ideas, upgrade programs and experience Israel’s scenery gave birth to an international gathering that grows stronger every year. The conference expresses KKL-JNF’s goal of strengthening our bond with the Diaspora,” said Hani Desa, Overseas Department Director in the KKL-JNF Youth and Education Division.
This year, representatives arrived from fifteen countries throughout the world, including the USA, Latin America, Russia, Ukraine, Hungary, Sweden, France, Morocco, South Africa and, of course, a group of Israeli educators.
“It’s very important for us to participate in the conference in order to strengthen our connection to Israel,” said Bernie Kovacs from Hungary, Principal of the Scheiber School in Budapest. “The teachers participating in this educational journey will be able to give over what they experienced here to their students.”
“I have visited Israel a number of times in the past, but it’s an entirely different feeling to come as an educator rather than as a tourist,” said Rebeca Camhi, a teacher of Jewish heritage from the Tarbut School in Guatemala. “It’s interesting to learn new things about Israel that I’ll be able to transmit to my students.”