I am so proud to share with you yet another wonderful achievement from our WIZO Nachlat Yehuda Youth Village, sponsored by WIZO Switzerland and WIZO USA, which was reported today in Yediot Acharonot, Israel's leading daily Hebrew newspaper.
In national statistics released today, WIZO Nachlat Yehuda showed the largest rise in student eligibility for matriculation. In 2016, the rate of eligibility for matriculation in the school was about 29%, but last year it jumped to 59% - an increase of 100%!
Photo of students at WIZO Nachlat Yehuda from today's Yediot Acharonot (Photo Credit: Yariv Katz)
In the article, the reporter sought to find out the secret of Nachlat Yehuda's sucess. According to the school's principal, Chagai Ben-Avraham, the key lies in raising the the self-esteem of the students.
"The tremendous results we achieved in just one year, doubling the percentage of students eligible for matriculation, is the result of the dedicated joint work of the school's educators and the boarding school's counselors, who provide not just a comprehensive education for each student, but individual attention to each student's specific needs," Chagai told the paper. "The basis for our success is all about changing the self-image of the student who feels that he or she is simply not capable of succeeding in school. Beacuse our teachers believe that the students can achieve, the students are motivated to persevere and try harder."
But that is not the only key to Nachlat's Yehuda's success. According to the article, at the end of each exam, the teachers map out the areas where the students had the most difficulty and develop a specialized training program to help each of them. They then establish small reinforcement groups so that when the student retakes the test they will do well.
"Our job is to do everything possible to help the students advance," Chagai said. "Even when they don't believe in themselves, we will always believe in them."
As an educator myself, I have always believed in this educational model. At WIZO, we place great emphasis on bringing out the very best in all our students because we know that every child has a spark. All we need to do is ignite that spark - and WIZO does that.
Mazal Tov to WIZO Nachlat Yehuda!
Your tremendous achievement is a great source of nachess to us all.
Prof. Rivka Lazovsky,
Chairperson World WIZO