An education centre offering the same opportunities to Ethiopian-Israelis as to the rest of the young population. Children from low socio-economic backgrounds are identified and education gaps are narrowed, resulting in entry into elite army units, better universities and a brighter future.
In school she was originally placed in the highest grouping for math, but because of her frequent absences was subsequently moved to the lowest group. She had completely given up on her studies in school. She would study for her exams with Shoham but then skip school and the exam the following day and therefore didn’t take the test. There was a huge gap between her performance in school and her performance in Shoham. She was mostly absent from school, felt lost there and consequently received very low grades. However, she always came to Shoham, learned quickly and was clearly very bright. So the Shoham staff worked intensively with her and the school.
They concentrated on improving her school attendance and helped her make-up the material that she missed. They also convinced the school to move her back up to the higher math group, and continued to provide academic support. They encouraged her to read books, and she fell in love with reading!
Shoham introduced her to classical music and took her to concerts, which she thoroughly enjoyed. They sent her to a computer programming class once a week and then took her on tours of high-tech companies such as Google, Mobileye and others. It opened up a world for her she never knew existed, and she decided she wants a future in high-tech. In tenth grade she began studying computers in schools, excelled in the higher math group and moved up to the highest group in English.
Tamar’s progress has been astounding and she has transformed herself from being on the verge of dropping out, to being one of the top students in her class.
WHY CHOOSE SHOHAM?
Shoham’s progamme has 35 participants and 15 graduates and runs for six years from age 12-18. Successful candidates are from low socio-economic backgrounds and must be motivated and committed to participating and working hard to progress.
The programme is designed to give participants the skills and training to ultimately get them into elite army units, good universities and to gain high level employment thereby breaking the cycle of poverty in which they grew up. Participant's success inspires siblings and others in their community at large to work towards a better future.
This is a truly transformational programme that changes the lives of the participants and so many people around them.