The "Life Long Learning" program operates in community centers throughout Israel in multidisciplinary learning centers for all ages, to develop a continuum of education, and promote personal advancement in a nurturing social environment. The program operates enrichment and educational programs.
Through the "Life Long Learning," many national programs are operated in partnership with government agencies and organizations such as the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Immigration Absorption, Prime Minister's Office, Council for Higher Education, the National Project for Ethiopian Jews, the Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation and the Jacob and Hilda Blaustein Foundation.
All programs include enrichment and personal development, empowerment and emphasis on cultural and community identity and parental involvement. Integrating parents, families and communities contributes to the commitment to implement the program and the community's prioritization of education, learning and self-development.
We emphasize that learning should not stop at a young age. The multi-disciplinary learning centers at the IACC community centers welcome every member of each community who is interested in learning, developing and fulfilling their aspirations.
A sampling of the programs offered is detailed below:
Educational and social programs for youth, ages 12-18, who are immigrants and children of immigrants from Caucasus, Bukhara, and Ethiopia. PELE's mission is to reduce educational gaps that exist between immigrant and non-immigrant children, with an emphasis on achieving a sense of meaningful belonging alongside educational enrichment. By gaining empowerment skills and strengthening educational and social self-competence in a supportive community, PELE participants are better prepared to integrate into Israeli society. A key aspect of the program is including participants' parents in the program. PELE operates in 80 community centers throughout Israel and currently has 3,200 participants. The program includes 7 weekly learning hours, taking place in small groups after the school day, and 2 weekly hours dedicated to social activities. PELE is funded by the Ministry of Immigration Absorption and has been operated by the IACC since 1996.
Educational assistance and social empowerment for youth, in grades 8-12, for the Ethiopian-Israeli community. Space's mission is to strengthen the academic achievements of Ethiopian-Israeli students, increase the percentage of youth who earn a matriculation certificate, produce a qualitative change in attitudes towards education and foster a positive learning experience. The program includes social empowerment, encourages students to develop confidence in their abilities and helps them make choices about their professional futures, all of which contributes to social and community mobility. The social activities which take place as part of the Space program aim to support the learners' personal growth and development with a focus on cultural and communal identity, enriching and expanding world knowledge, providing exposure to the academic world and the army, and integration into community activities (sometimes with parents).
‘Space’ is funded by the National Project for Ethiopian Immigrants, Ministry of Immigrant Absorption, the Ministry of Education, and Jewish Federations. It has been operated by the IACC since 2005.
Excellence in Education ("Budding Scientists")
Developing excellence in the Negev for Bedouin students, grades 10-12. Excellence offers intensive educational enrichment, matriculation preparation, psychometric exam preparation and personal empowerment. The aim is to increase the number of Bedouin students studying at institutions of higher learning and motivate them to pursue prestigious academic subjects (e.g. engineering, medicine, social work, speech therapy). Excellence endeavors to close the gaps that exist between Bedouin society and the rest of Israel's population and encourage the Bedouin community to value higher education as a key tool for social and professional mobility. The learning program includes enrichment in: Hebrew (especially Hebrew language skills in preparation for academia), scientific subjects, English and psychometric exam preparation. The program also includes social enrichment, exposure to and preparation for higher education, life skills and community activities with participants' parents.
The program is an intensive, multi-year effort that has dramatically increased student achievement and empowered numerous young Bedouin men and women to succeed in the world of academia. Excellence is funded by the Ministry of Development of the Negev and Galilee, the Jacob and Hilda Blaustein Foundation and the Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation. It has been operated by the IACC since 2005. The program currently operates in 8 Bedouin communities and comprises 800 participants. In the upcoming 2015-2016 schoolyear, the Excellence program will expand to the North of Israel, piloting first in Tuba-Zangariyye