Tilling the land, cultivating one’s self

Israel’s agricultural schools connect kids to nature, history and society

November 22, 2017 16:33
An outdoor lesson in the vegetable garden in the Palestine Jewish Colonization Association (PICA) Sc

An outdoor lesson in the vegetable garden in the Palestine Jewish Colonization Association (PICA) School in Petah Tikva, between 1920 and 1930.. (photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)


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From Dimona in the South to Kiryat Shmona in the North, agricultural schools teach schoolchildren life lessons through closeness to the soil. Metro interviewed three of these schools.

In Petah Tikva’s long-standing educational farm, most of the students come from nonreligious public schools. The agricultural school attached to the Jerusalem Botanical Gardens hosts Jewish students of all streams, who study and work side by side with Arab students. In Mateh Binyamin Regional Council’s Siach Hasadeh school, all the students are observant Jews. Common values and goals drive each school, although their student populations are wildly diverse.


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