Academic Achievements in Ramla
On a recent trip to Israel, Federation CEO David Phillips, Chairman of the Parents and Children Together (PACT) Committee Ben Gordon and local attorney Jonathan Chane attended a moving ceremony with students from Ramla who study within the framework of the Ofek Bagrut and School Performance and Community Empowerment (SPACE) programs, provided by the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) and Ethiopian National Project (ENP), respectively. Some of the students received laptop computers, while others received monetary awards for their achievements
Gordon congratulated the students and shared that it was a great honor for him and our Federation to support and contribute to the Ethiopian community through various educational programs.
The director-general of the municipality, Ofer Todar, also congratulated the students, thanking the leaders of the community for their contributions and strong support of the programs. Councilwoman Inbal Ra'adah made some emotional remarks as well.
It is obvious to those involved that these programs are, indeed, making a difference. "We have seen a significant decrease in students leaving to attend boarding schools, as well as a decrease in the amount of school drop-outs," said Director of the Academic Incentives Program Liron Carmeli.
"The students who graduate high school are leaving with life skills; they come out with strong abilities, and I am sure that they will succeed in their studies in higher education and afterwards in finding meaningful employment."
The Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County supports Ofek Bagrut and SPACE, both of which are monitored by the Ramla Department of Education and integrated into the school day and after-school activities.