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Eshkol Regional Council

The new united Eshkol High School

Background:

The "Eshkol" regional council was established in 1951 and called "Ma'on Region". In 1969, its name was altered to "Eshkol" after the late third Prime Minister of Israel Levi Eshkol. The twenty-nine communities include14 kibbutzim, 13 moshavim and two residential communities and boast a total population of 11,500 people. 

The School System:

The school system answers the formal educational needs of 2,600 students. Education has always been of the highest concern in this region and as a result over the years the Eshkol Regional Council has invested heavily in this endeavour. In July 2007 the Eshkol regional council decided unanimously to unify the two existing High Schools.

The Security Situation:

The "Over the past years the security situation in Eshkol has badly deteriorated. Due to the geographical proximity to the Gaza strip, the tense security situation and daily attack by Quassam rockets or mortar fire, living in this region is stressful and frightening.  

In summer 2007 the Israeli government decided therefore to reinforce all the high schools along the Gaza strip.

Instead of the reinforcement of two high schools the Eshkol Council decide to build a new united high school on one protected campus. With the support of the ministry of education Eshkol's education department is leading the complex project of unification of the high schools transforming two homogenous educational institutions into a heterogeneous one.

Objectives

The United Eshkol High School has committed itself to confront teachers and students with the technology of the 21st century.

Providing teachers and students with state-of-the-art tools such as laptops would help spark new types of learning, exploration, and a change in the relationships between students and teachers. The purpose of the PC's is to be tools for learning "regular" subjects rather than to teach technology itself. The use of laptops leads to greater collaboration among students, a higher level of productivity, and even a greater interest in writing.

Every new school year all 7th grader students and their teachers will be issued their own PC for full time use. Additional equipment such as wireless access to computers, smart blackboards and multimedia stands for teachers will turn the classrooms into a state-of-art classroom of the 21st century.

Contact:
Danny Willer

08-9929143