This week, KKL-JNF directorate members, led by KKL-JNF World Chairman Daniel Atar and Upper Nazareth Mayor Ronen Plot, held a meeting at the KKL-JNF House for Excellence in Upper Nazareth (now called Nof HaGalil). The also toured the center, where they got a taste of its team extensive activities and its impact on the city’s youth.
KKL-JNF World Chairman Daniel Atar is spearheading the KKL-JNF Houses for Excellence project, which aims to narrow the social and educational gaps between Israel’s central and outlying cities. The Upper Nazareth/Nof HaGalil House, which has been running for over a year, is the first of the ten Houses planned for Israel’s peripheral regions.
Prior to their meeting, directorate members toured the House, taking in the open-plan central hub with its colorful modern furniture and cutting-edge computer labs and classrooms, all designed to foster an atmosphere of innovation and collaborative learning. The team also had the opportunity to meet some of the students and staff, who told them about the significant contribution of the House to the improvement of their grades.
The numbers speak for themselves: The percentage of students eligible for matriculation certificates in Upper Nazareth/Nof Hagalil increased significantly over the past year, from 67.4% in the 2017-2018 academic year to 77.9% in the 2018-2019 academic year. The Upper Nazareth/Nof Hagalil municipality credits the KKL-JNF House for Excellence for these achievements.
Nof Hagalil Mayor Ronen Plot told the visiting directorate members that he is amazed from anew at the House’s success every time he visits here. “The students tell me that they come here three times a week and that they have improved their grades. For example, in the subject of chemistry they went from 30 to 85, and in physics from 40 to 90. What this place did for them is simply unbelievable,” Plot said.