Merchavim offers a wide choice of diversity training courses for teachers and pedagogical professionals in cooperation with and recognized by the Ministry of Education. The sessions are held in diverse groups (in person or online), are experiential, and deal with the basic concepts: identity, accessibility, fairness, spaces of agreement, and active shared citizenship, as described in Merchavim’s Shared Citizenship Model. These courses build fairer classrooms and schools by fostering equal opportunities, respect, and a feeling of belonging while providing educators practical tools.
In the last nine years, more than 1,700 teachers, principals, supervisors, and other pedagogical professionals from diverse backgrounds, (Jews/Arabs, natives/immigrants, women/men, secular/religious, from the center of the country and the periphery, from special education and mainstream classrooms, etc.), have participated in Merchavim courses.
The workshops deal with aspects of learning about the ‘other,’ fear of the unfamiliar that is often a result of stereotypes and prejudices. The focus is on analyzing events and situations from real-life examples and empowering the teachers through experiential learning. Teachers participating in the course work collaboratively create materials for use in the classroom and build an atmosphere of inclusion, acceptance, and respect for the diversity of each student. Some schools participating in Merchavim workshops have chosen to focus on strengthening the relationships between teaching staff/administrators and have worked towards uniting their teams and boosting their school communities.
In addition to workshops for pedagogical teams at schools, Merchavim also provides workshops for diverse groups of teachers of core subjects such as English teachers, Physical Education teachers, etc.