Advancing Social Mobility in the Geo-social Periphery and in the Arab Sector

Reducing inequality of opportunity between children growing up in wealthier and poorer areas of the country, and between Jewish and Arab sectors.

Current Measures

39%

The income gap between workers in the geographic center and the periphery

26%

The gap in the rate of higher education between the geographic center and the periphery

31%

The gap in the Multidimensional Poverty Indexes between Arab and Jewish communities

The Challenge

Children, youth, and families in the geosocial periphery and in the Arab sector have few opportunities to thrive and realize their potential compared to their counterparts in more developed and Jewish urban areas. This problem is often passed down from one generation to the next: children who cannot access opportunities to improve the quality of their lives grow into parents of children who face the same barriers.

Did You Know?

Social mobility is the ability to move up the social ladder by changing the socioeconomic status into which one was born. There is a strong correlation between low social mobility and high inequality in society.

Social mobility contributes to an individual’s quality of life. Low rates of social mobility among disadvantaged sectors are a leading factor in Israel’s falling short of its potential for economic growth and productivity, in the high costs of welfare and rehabilitative services, and in the harming of social cohesion.

Actions

1,000 days in the Negev’s Bedouin Society

Goals: Promoting optimal cognitive, emotional, social and physical development of infants and toddlers among the Bedouin in the Negev. The Need: Early childhood is a critical stage in a person’s development, affecting the course of his or her life. However, education, welfare and health services are struggling to keep up with the fertility rate in […]

Communities in Focus

Goals: Helping the education system improve students’ achievements, hone personal and social skills, and build self-confidence in order to advance their potential for social mobility Enriching the tools available to children for successful integration into society and the work force Raising parents’ and students’ awareness about the cause-and-effect relationship of leisure time on life skills […]

Sanad

Goals: To act as an umbrella program bringing together several projects to improve the skills of teachers in Arab schools in Israel in order to reduce educational and social disparities among the country’s students. It is based on the psychosocial education method which develops teaching skills that fit the profile of the Arab population. The […]

Better Together

Goals: To mobilize children and youth and families living in distressed neighborhoods to push their communities, municipalities, and government to take action to improve these locations. To reinforce the concept that residents can bring about long-term, meaningful positive change in their neighborhoods. The Need: Growing distress in poor neighborhoods in the geographic and social periphery […]

Equity in Education – To Promote Readiness and Participation in a Changing World

Goals: To develop approaches and practices that will prepare students of all backgrounds to cope with and participate in a changing world. To harness the combined efforts of activists, academia, and administrative staff to make educational opportunities available to students of all backgrounds. The Need: The Israeli education system is one of the most unequal […]

Yated

Goals: To help at-risk young adults realize their potential and integrate into, and contribute to, society while securing a more prosperous future for them and their families. To establish infrastructure and services across government ministries and sectors to work together for a better quality of life among vulnerable young adults. The Need: The lack of […]

Success Stories

The personal story and success of every program participant is a whole world in itself. We invite you to get to know the people behind the numbers.

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