Not all Israelis join the army immediately after graduating from high school. Some choose a year of service in pre-military preparatory schools. In collaboration with the Yigal Alon Center, the World Zionist Organization and the Shalom Hartman Institute, the Friedrich Ebert Israel Foundation is promoting a program for faculty in pre-military preparatory schools.
On August 17, an “EMDA” seminar was opened for pre-military instructors at Kibbutz Hanaton. The course lasted 4 days, 31 instructors from 7 different pre-military preparatory programs took part in it.
Micky Drill, Project Manager at FES Israel, gave a lecture in which he examined how social democratic values – freedom, justice and solidarity are reflected in the management of the Corona crisis in Israel in addition to talks with the participants regarding FES Israel Foundation’s core issues such as Arab-Jewish relations, social justice and gender justice.
The instructors initiate various projects with the help of the acquired knowledge, such as intercultural encounters and the promotion of initiatives and ideas that subsequently occur in the preparatory courses themselves.