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Our Vision

SKILLS21 (Tafuwoq) Association for Educational and Scientific Excellence is an NGO aims to develop, instill and implement 21st century skills in education in the Arab education system in order to expose the Arab learner to the secrets of success through an educational framework and a learning process based on the "Dripping" method. This done on four main levels: First of all, strengthening the student's personality, secondly, developing his scientific and research thinking competencies. Thirdly, encouraging the spirit of entrepreneurship, leadership and inventions, and fourthly, exposing it from an early age to the academic and university world while bridging the gap between society, school and university.

Background

Education is considered the key to the success of the Arab citizen in Israel, (because) of the policy of discrimination practiced by the state and it's institutions towards the Arab citizen, which leads to ignorance. This is reflected in the lack of government budgets allocated to the Arab education sector, the low level of the workers in the educational sector, (the policy of the authorities)that control the appointment and employment of teachers, and the failure to place education at the top of the priority list by political, social and economic elites.  The inevitable result is that first, a very small percentage (23%) of the Arab youth goes to university, and second, a significant proportion of those who joined the universities dropping out in the early stages of their enrollment due to reasons previously discussed. While nearly 56% of undergraduate Arab students inside the Green Line change their major after their first year in university,  93% of them are in majors they did not choose. In general,  the Arab student spends an average of 11 months more than the Jewish student on the first degree. In conclusion, Arab students at universities suffer from several problems, including: University alienation, difficulty in scientific/academic thinking, a fragile personality and a barrier with the English language.

Aims

Using the "dripping" technique, which was developed by Arab researchers and scientists supervising this program, the program aims at enriching the student's personality from an early age with a slow accumulative assimilation.

The kids academy program aims to enrich the university and academic education among the Arab students, without the need for homework, assignments and most importantly, exams by :

  • Exposing the Arab student from the earliest age to the secrets of success by enhancing his personality and self-confidence, developing the ability to express himself and evolve, as well as developing his leadership ability, including the use of time management skills and the right way of handling exams.

  • Developing the thinking, scientific and research capabilities of Arab students and encouragement to think creatively outside the box. Not to mention the student's acquisition of writing skills and scientific research that Arab students lack.

  •  Encouraging and developing the entrepreneurial spirit of the Arab students since childhood, by enabling them to adapt modern technology to solve daily problems; and to meet human needs.

  • Breaking the psychological obstacles and confronting the phenomenon of alienation experienced by the Arab students in universities;  and inform the Arab student on educational subjects in universities, which the Arab student is not exposed to at school.

Our Programs

The Association which was established in 2014 has already three main projects, all of them are applied in the Arab school system in Israel targeting around 7000 students from different villages, cities and districts. The projects are the following:

Kids Academy is a pioneering academic, cultural and educational program designed and implemented by the Association launched first in 2014, aspires to nurture academic excellence among distinguished Arab school pupils' through proven unique pedagogical methods and processes using the "dripping" mechanism. This is done on main four realms: First, exposing them to the academic world and the university from early stages; second, empowerment of pupils' personalities; thirdly, development of their scientific, thinking and research capabilities; and finally, encouragement of the innovation and entrepreneurship spirit among them. Kids Academy is a long-term program that starts with students from the 4th grade until the high school stages after the regular school curriculum of the students. Currently, the program contains 1600 students (from 4th grade until 7th grade) from more than 70 Arab schools. The pedagogical methods of this program are based on the "dripping" technique, derived from the Modifiable Dripping Theory (MDT). MDT is a theoretical and applied learning/pedagogical model which was developed by researchers and scientists of the Association who also supervise this program (Rinnawi & Jarjoura 2014) to meet the demands of the “digital (Z) generation” in more adaptive aims at enriching the student's personality and other skills from an early age with a slow accumulative effect.

Fab Academy is regarded as the first and initial educational laboratory of its kind in the Middle East (includes Israel) which targets the young generation. It serves for young learners as a place for inventions in the shape of an educational greenhouse to grow the scientific and technological skills and hobbies. Moreover, the laboratory refines the personality toward shaping enterprising leaders. It works according to spirit of the famous American University MIT (Massachusetts Institute for Technology). The laboratory contains: High standards computers and software, robots, and 3D printers. It provides various tracks that combine programming, designing, building, and printing multidimensional solids and developed robots with the help of 3D printers and programming it as well. The work is done by high-tech engineers who direct the learners in the laboratory through educational meetings and courses, in addition to having human development trainers who work at the same time of the meeting on developing the learners' personality. The pedagogical methods of this program are based on the famous learning method PBL (Project Base Learning) in small groups encouraging the collaboration spirit among these young learners.

Using the "dripping" technique, derived from the Modifiable Dripping Theory (MDT) mentioned above, this pioneering enrichment program is implemented in all levels of the school within the regular curriculum of the students, which strives to instill the skills of the twenty-first century among all students. The program attempts to work simultaneously on the five skills of education that the child needs in the twenty-first century through meaningful learning. The skills that the program works on are: critical thinking, creative thinking, collaborative skills, communication skills and technological literacy. When all five of these skills are combined in the same lesson plan that is passed to children at different levels according to their age using different short term activities allows almost all students to take part of them.

Academic-Educational Council

The Academic - educational council is the highest supervisory committee of the programs. It is composed of distinguished Arab academic and professional figures from various disciplines with expertise in the field of academic and educational research, formulation, development, of academic programs and it is in charge of supervising smooth implementation and attainment of planned results. Members of the Academic-Educational Council include:

  • Prof. Elinor Haddad, Department of English, Bar Ilan University. Tel Aviv.

  • Prof. Jihad Asanee, Department of Computer Sciences Ben Gurion University Beer Sheva.

  • Prof. Fouad Fares, Department Microbiology, Haifa University.

  • Prof. Asaad Ghanem, Department of Political science, Haifa University.

  • Prof. Mohammed Mahajneh, Rambam Hospital, Haifa.  

  • Dr. Nadia Mansour, Ministry of Health Acre District Director.

  • Dr. Khalil Rinnawi, Department of Cinema and Television, Tel Aviv University.

  • Dr. Mahmood Qaedan, Department of Economy, Haifa University.

  • Dr. Hala Khoury-Bsharat, Department of Law, The Carmel Academic Center, Haifa.

  • Dr. Hani Bahooth, Rambam Medical Center, Haifa.

  • Dr. Nohad Ali, Department of Sociology, Haifa University.

  • Dr. Waleed Jarjoura, head of the Department of Occupational Therapy, The American University Jenin.

  • Dr. Fadi Sakran, The Department of Physics, Beit-Berl Teaching Collage.

  • High-tech Eng. Kamal Dalal Intel Company, Haifa. 

  • High-tech Eng. Majd Srour Intel Company, Haifa. 

 

Academy's Administration

  • General Director: Dr. Khalil Rinnawi

  • Academic Director: Dr. Fadi Sakran

  • Pedagogical Director: Dr. Waleed Jarjoura

  • Executive Director: Ms. Rawya Hammad