President of Kibbutzim College of Education Zipi Libman.
(photo credit: Or Kaplan)
The Kibbutzim College of Education hosted an independently organized TEDx event
on Monday, which included 12 lectures under the theme of “Life Learning
Process,” touching upon various issues in the field of education.
nonprofit TED organization, which dedicates itself to “ideas worth spreading”
and organizes lectures on various subjects worldwide, also operates the TEDx
program, which is designed to give communities, organizations and individuals
“the opportunity to stimulate dialogue through TED-like experiences at the local
level” for free.
TEDx events are fully planned and coordinated
independently by the community for the community. Monday’s event at Kibbutzim
College was initiated by student Roi Shternin, who applied to receive a TEDx
license and produce the event in his school.
“It’s a process, especially
that it’s an American organization and they are very bureaucratic, but honestly,
it’s much easier than what people think, you just need a bit of courage,” he
told The Jerusalem Post. “It took us about six months to put the project
together, but the last two months were all about starting the
Shternin’s interest in TED was born a few years ago from a
difficult life experience.
At the time, while he was studying medicine,
Shternin was suffering from a lifethreatening disease and was spending long
nights at the hospital. As he looked for something more productive to do than
watch television, he discovered TED.
“It really got me through those dark
days,” he said. “It’s incredible that you can take an idea and throw it to the
world and get people to rally with you.”
As his passion for the lectures
grew, Shternin realized that studying medicine may not have been the best choice
“Instead, I decided that the key to prevention is education,” he
explained, “so I went to study teaching. I have a personal dream of getting to
speak at TED about health education and about my own experience,” he
“It’s an amazing stage to bring people together. One day I’ll talk
about my own ideas but for now, I help people spread theirs.”
already has a presentation and speech ready for the day his dream comes
When Shternin approached the president of Kibbutzim College, Zipi
Libman, with the initiative, she immediately agreed to support the project and
allocate some of the school’s budget to it.
“I was on board,” she told
the Post on Monday. “We embraced it because that’s also what the college stands
for: the spreading of knowledge.”
“We believe in the democratization of
knowledge,” Libman continued. “Intelligence isn’t just in the lecturers, the
elites, it’s in the interaction between them and the students.
in innovation, creativity and in the fact that education should be an agreeable
experience before all, and TED embodies all of this.”
Libman said she
hopes more similar initiatives will arise at Kibbutzim College following the
Among the speakers – who included education professionals,
professors, entrepreneurs and artists – the youngest was 17-year-old Eden Levit,
who spoke about her bold decision to leave high school and turn to another way
“Since I left school, I’m happy, I study drama and I work in
education,” Levit told the audience. “I learn through experience. Education and
learning go way beyond the matriculation exam.”
Levit is currently
working with an organization which aims to develop new methods of
“We need to take responsibility over our learning, we need to
create a platform that allows us to learn the way we want to,” she said,
addressing teenagers her age through the cameras.
“I’m on TED and I never
thought I could be here at just 17 years old,” she exclaimed.
volunteers helped organize and live broadcast Monday’s talks, which lasted 12 to
18 minutes each and were also available for students of the college to watch in
their respective classrooms.