I am delighted to share with you a translation of an article about our firefighting and rescue program at WIZO Nachlat Yehuda Youth Village, which appeared on Ynet – the largest online newspaper in Israel, last week.
Here is the link to the original article, which also includes pictures and a video: https://www.ynet.co.il/articles/0,7340,L-5009623,00.html
I am certain you will share my pride to see WIZO Nachlat Yehuda Youth Village gain national attention.
The success of this program has been made possible thanks to the support, commitment and generosity of WIZO Switzerland and WIZO USA, who sponsor WIZO Nachlat Yehuda Youth Village.
Earlier, I wrote to them to tell them about this wonderful news.
This is an excellent example of how our joint work with our federations worldwide helps us with providing our bright and talented youngsters an equal opportunity in education and a chance to build a successful life.
With the beginning of the new school year, I would like to wish all of our children and youth a year of success, fulfilment and accomplishment. May we have a blessed year.
With warmest wishes,
Prof. Rivka Lazovsky,
Chairperson, World WIZO
Published on Ynet on 31st August, 2017.
By Asaf Kozin
WIZO Nachlat Yehuda Youth Village is training pupils to be the next generation of firefighters. The new firefighting track includes full matriculation certificate.
Some high school students learn biology, others prefer geography, dancing or theater. There are also those who choose to protect the environment and battle wildfire.
WIZO Nachlat Yehuda Youth Village is training pupils to be the next generation of firefighters with a special track that is part of environment studies, which provides students with a Bagrut (matriculation) certificate.
In addition to matriculation, students from this track will be taught specialized topics from the field of firefighting and rescue. This track does not replace the regular classes but instead introduces additional classes dedicated only to the firefighting track.
These additional classes include regular in-class activities as well as outdoor learning activities.
"I always liked playing with fire, and wanted to do something for other people," says Nava Alkaslay, one of the students of the track.
Another student, Keren Or Lahav, said: "Because I have the relevant experience and skills, I can react in real time, which can help the firefighters who arrive later."
Most of the students from this track are interested in pursuing a firefighting career whether in the army or later in life.
"This track is in essence a track for self-empowerment for youth through firefighting and rescue studies. Students of their age are usually interested in these subjects," says Pnina Geffen, director of the youth village.
Dr. Beni Fischer, Director of the Rural Educational Authority, dormitories and youth Aliya of the Ministry of Education, said: "This track incorporates regular matriculation subjects with attractive professions, such as firefighting – a role that entails a sense of a mission and a national need and priority."
Photo by: Kfir Sivan