Teens work together to develop an app at the KKL-JNF House for Excellence in Upper Nazareth.
(photo credit: YOAV DEVIR KKL-JNF)
Since the establishment of the local KKL-JNF House for Excellence around six months ago, hundreds of young people from Upper Nazareth and its environs have come through its doors, in order to study, advance themselves, realize their potential and discover the wonderful world of technology. During the month of July, KKL-JNF House hosted a special summer program that culminated in the creation of a unique smartphone application designed to enhance visitors’ enjoyment of activities in Balfour Forest.
The center at the House provides supplementary lessons and enrichment activities for high students, which are designed to foster excellence and promote young leadership. Cutting edge classrooms, a computer lab, an auditorium and an open area for social interaction have been constructed within an innovative framework at the House. Nine more KKL-JNF Houses are slated to be built in other outlying regions around Israel. The establishment and maintenance of the first House was made possible by the support of KKL-JNF’s Friends worldwide, particularly those of France and Italy.
Over the summer holiday, when most youngsters are concerned mainly with taking a break and enjoying themselves as much as possible, students at the KKL-JNF House continue to work diligently. KKL-JNF House Director Omer Harpaz explains:
“The summer program includes supplementary lessons and preparation for the next school year. No less importantly, we also offer a variety of enjoyable technological activities, visits to startup companies, volunteer days, culmination days and enrichment activities.”
Our visit to the KKL-JNF House took place during a marathon programming session for the creation of a smartphone application designed to enhance the experience of visitors to Balfour Forest. Young people from Upper Nazareth, Yafia and the Jezreel Regional Council area all took part in this unique project.
Prior to starting work on the programming, the youngsters had explored the woodland, met with KKL-JNF foresters and spent time getting to know the area thoroughly. This combination of nature, community, education and support for Israel’s outlying areas accurately represents the values promoted by KKL-JNF.