Holon, the Children’s City, believes in the younger generation, and sees nurturing the future generation as an objective to strive for, devoting its best efforts and resources. And indeed, a central pillar and focus of municipal policy is education and culture.
The Education Administration aims to provide the best response possible to all the educational needs of the different population groups, from infancy to old age, in their daily lives and in special events, in formal and informal frameworks – with constant updates and adaptations to changing conditions and characteristics.
Holon is currently reforming its teaching, learning and assessment methods, in order to offer all age groups a meaningful and varied learning experience, enabling pupils to be prepared for the complex challenges of the future. This developing, deepening and widening approach starts in kindergarten, continues through primary and secondary schools, in both formal and informal frameworks.
In kindergartens, we use the Reggio Emilia model, with the academic assistance of the Kibbutzim College of Education. Many local primary schools add their own unique flavor of learning, like the example of New York’s “magnet schools”.
In secondary schools we use project-based learning (PBL), following the model of the High Tech High School network in San Diego, assisted by the Institute for Democratic Education.
In addition, there are two schools in the High Tech High spirit in Holon: Ariel Sharon Primary School, and the six-year Holon New School. At these schools, most of the learning is project based. Some projects are recognized for matriculation grades.
In order to deepen this approach, mentors have been trained to provide pedagogic assistance in the processes, and are linked methodically to the city’s cultural institutions.
A national center for educational innovation has been established in Holon, with responsibility for staff training, educational initiatives, incorporating technology in learning, promoting educational tourism, and disseminating the model.
The educational staff believes in the potential of every individual, in nurturing students and educators, in fostering achievements as well as imparting values and ethics; these are some of the basic principles of education in Holon. For this purpose, there is an advanced organizational system, with trained personnel, and extensive investment of pedagogical work as well as many resources, in order to realize these principles.
The result is a lower dropout rate, and rising numbers of students who take the exams and are eligible for matriculation, which leads to more students continuing to higher education.
Today there are some 30,000 children in the Holon education system, between the ages of 2 and 18: in kindergartens, primary schools, junior high and high schools, in special education, state and state religious education, and independent schools.
They all benefit from a variety of supportive educational services, such as: the psychological service, promotion of youth, enrichment centers for various age groups focusing on special subjects, youth centers, enrichment centers, the culture basket, and more.