“A Laptop Computer for Every Teacher in Israel” advances Education in Israel:
Teachers in Beit Aryeh – Ofarim Regional Council
received their laptop computers as well as advanced training courses,
as part of the Athena Fund’s program
“A Laptop Computer for Every Teacher in Israel”
acting to empowering the teachers in Israel
“A Laptop Computer for Every Teacher in Israel” for the empowerment of the teachers in Israel, continues full force nationwide: Teachers in Levona Middle school in Beit Aryeh - Ofarim Regional Council received their laptop computers as part of the program, initiated by Athena Fund and in cooperation with The Teachers Union, The Ministry of Education and Bank Massad. In addition to personal laptops, all teachers participate in 120 hours training, including basic operational skills, digital skills, integration of the computer in the teaching process, application of information available for free on the web etc.
Beit Aryeh - Ofarim Regional Council is the 2nd municipal authority in the District of Jerusalem joining the program following previous distributions in 29 cities and Regional Councils.
Introducing the program to Beit Aryeh - Ofarim council was made possible following donations by Shapir Corp, The Ted Arison Family Foundation and the donors and associates of Athena Fund.
The distribution event took place on Wednesday 6 November, 2011 in the presence of Avi Naim – Head of Beit Aryeh - Ofarim Regional Council, Shlomo Yishay – Director of the fund for professional advancement, Uri Ben-Ari – President and Founder - Athena Fund, Kfir Niri – Shapir Corp. rep, Gil Litov – secretary and Treasurer of Regional Council, Meir Shimoni – Director of Jerusalem District with The Ministry of Education, Ruth Mizrahi – Deputy Director of Jerusalem District with the Ministry of Education and Moti Samet – Chairperson Jerusalem Bureau with The Teachers Union.
Group photo of all partners in Beit Aryeh - Ofarim
photo: Amir Alon
Uri Ben-Ari, President and Founder of Athena Fund: “As of now, over 6000 teachers enjoy the use of their laptop computers and professional training courses. We congratulate Head of Beit Aryeh – Ofarim Regional Council – Avi Naim - for his decision to join the 163 municipal authorities already actively involved in the program “A Laptop Computer for Every Teacher in Israel” and for empowering the teachers in his school”.
Avi Naim, Director of Beit Aryeh – Ofarim Regional Council: “Our education system is taking a great step forward in providing its teachers and students with new tools. Athena Fund in cooperation with The Teachers Union provide important and meaningful aids to advance education in Israel in general and in Beit Aryeh in particular. I am confident that joining the project will reflect in all aspects of education. I wish to thank all parties who have come together and assisted us in joining this project and to wish much success to all teaching teams. Our council will maintain its continued support of the local education system, which is of prime importance”.
Teacher in Beit Arye - Ofarim with the Laptop
photo: Amir Alon
Yosi Wasserman, Secretary General of the Teachers Union: “Teachers have made the computers their first and foremost tool in teaching. The language of the future is embedded within the newly developed technologies. The laptop computer has become an essential tool and makes a more professional teacher, more up-to-date, more connected and highly esteemed in the eyes of his students.
It is only natural that teachers have been chosen for this nationwide project, The Teachers Union has taken upon itself to create equal opportunities for every child and for every teacher”.
Yaacov Shuri, Director General of Bank Massad: “Bank Massad, the bank associated with teachers, views Athena Fund and its project “A Laptop Computer for Every Teacher in Israel” as prime factors in the advancement of teachers in Israel and has special responsibility to contribute its share. We are delighted that thanks to our sponsorship hundreds of teachers can have personal laptops and receive professional training which will upgrade their teaching skills and advance education”.