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jects and Programs - Education & Welfare

No One Left Behind "maleh"-

The Supportive Learning Space Program

The Supportive Learning Space program, which operates at the Megido High School, aims to prevent youth from dropping out of school
and is so far very successful. The program was established as a national program by JOINT Ashalim as part of their intervention programs
that serve youth at risk.
Inbar Tzur, a Special Education Teacher and the Coordinator of the program, explains that it "began operating in 2007 and is a part of
the school's routine. The program serves 9th-12th grade students who don't receive the support they need from the educational system.
Usually, the school counsellor and teachers identify the students in need and refer them to us and we prepare a personalized program for
them. Sometimes the professional teachers contact us and report a child who doesn’t attend classes or disrupts the class or doesn’t create
relationships with other students and therefore is socially isolated. The assistance we provide is suited to each participant, to his school
system and is provided with the appropriate teacher".
She continues to elaborate on the students' situation stating
that "these children experienced rejection, abandonment and
neglect. As part of dealing with these experiences they find a
solution by dropping out of school. There are cases in which we
need to look for them, call them and convince them. They lack
faith and as a result are puzzled over why we call them and care
about them. They don’t understand why we want to help them
since they feel no one cares. There are some who seek our
support after they failed in their exams and we provide them
with support in a specific area. For example, one of our partici-
pants requested our support following a bad breakup and we
helped her get back on track by building a work plan especially
for her for 1 month, 5 hours per week. The program helped her
get back on her feet and return to function normally. Some chil-
dren take part in the program for a few months or one semester
during which they are able to reorganize their life and lift them-
selves back up with our support. The program is dynamic; some
join the program during the school year and some leave. Only a
few students stay in the program through their high school years.
They usually receive assistance for an hour or two per week".
"The idea is", she stresses, "that the children stay in school and in
the educational system and as part of their schedule take part in
the program's classes. If a student has difficulties with math, then
one of the four classes he receives in math will be taught by the program's teachers".
"JOINT Ashalim provided the content, plan and outline", she continues, "The resources were received from the JOINT. At some point, the
Ministry of Education assisted with additional reinforcement lessons but after a while stopped and therefore we currently fund the pro-
gram through the JOINT's and the council's resources. The resources we receive from the federations allow us to commit to the children
and to establish a staff at the school that is dedicated to preventing students from dropping out. This is always our priority and since the
program began operating we see the results".

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10 Megidon | February 2015
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