Expanding the Model

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Hands on learning at a student field trip to Israeli’s ancient water well and aqueduct system

With continued leadership and support provided by the pilot schools and surrounding community, these initial efforts serve as a foundation for a larger model that may be replicated across Israel.

A growing number of in-country and U.S. based Rotary Clubs, along with other partnering organizations, are committed to expand upon this pilot effort, with the goal of building cross-cultural ties through the students’ shared experience of water conservation and environmental stewardship, serving to break down communication barriers and mistrust amongst the disparate youth and eventually leading to peaceful cooperation.

The program would establish a network of up to twenty schools throughout Israel with students from varying cultures, beliefs, and backgrounds, including the communities of Haifa, Jerusalem, East Jerusalem, Gedera, Hod Hasharon, Daliat El Carmel, Shfaram, Kfar Manda, Shaeb, Kibbutz Evron, Kfar Silver, Netivot, and Lod. The leadership of each school has been vetted, approached, and has shown great interest in joining the cross-cultural network.