Not all Israelis go straight to the army after school. In so-called “premilitary programs”, some school graduates complete a voluntary year after high school before being drafted into the army. The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Israel, in cooperation with the Yigal Alon Center, the Joint Council of Pre-Military Academies (Mechinot), the World Zionist Organization and the Shalom Hartman Institute, supports a program dedicated to the leaders of these academies.
The 19 participants from 15 academies will not only be trained in their pedagogical skills. The workshop’s focus is amongst others on Jewish-Arab relations, social and gender justice. Here the participants apply the new contents directly to concrete projects: Be it intercultural encounters or personal initiatives that are developed and continued within their academy.