UNESCO/Israel (MASHAV) Co-Sponsored Fellowships Programme (2013) - Course on "Educational Methodologies Youth At-Risk: Preventing Student Dropouts and Facilitating Reintegration"

Announcement date: 21 September 2012
Deadline for applications: 21 Dec 2012

 

What is it about?

In order to promote human resource capacities in the developing countries through intensive training and to enhance international understanding and friendship among peoples of the world and the people of Israel, the Government of Israel is placing at the disposal of UNESCO a number of fellowships for the benefit of certain Member States (especially the least developed countries) within the framework of the UNESCO Fellowship Programme. Beneficiaries of these fellowships will be given the opportunity of participating in a variety of training courses in Israel, conducted under the sponsorship of the MASHAV, Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation.

Invited Member States entitled to submit applications

    AFRICA
    Botswana, Cameroon, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Swaziland, Uganda, United Rep. of Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe

    CARIBBEAN COUNTRIES
    Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Suriname

Course on

““Educational Methodologies – Youth At-Risk: Preventing Student Dropouts and Facilitating Reintegration”
(From 11 February to 12 March 2013)

Host Institution: The Aharon Ofri International Training Centre, Ramat Rachel, Jerusalem

Study Programme

Aims of the Programme

To train participants to successfully:

    » Create a relationship of mutual trust with youth in order to enable their reintegration into the educational system;
    » Help individual youths develop and realize their potential so that they may help themselves and their society;
    » Reduce alienation from the community and society;
    » Plan educational services and interventions for youths ages 12-18 considered at-risk according to the following characteristics:

    - Detached youths who do not study or work in a formal or informal educational framework
    - Working youth who do not have a supportive educational framework
    - Youth at-risk who commit open or clandestine crimes
    - High-risk youth needing individual and ongoing support in areas including completing their education, job placement, and personal and social skills

    » Raise multicultural awareness in those working toward the advancement of disadvantaged youth;
    » Provide tools and guidelines for curricular development
    » Advance teaching methods for specific subject matter (such as science and language), as well as interdisciplinary subject areas;
    » Train and advance educational staff and support them in sustaining their duties and promoting their programs;
    » Enable participants to choose the methods and tools suitable to the particular needs of their environment; and
    » Provide a basis for future training activities according to the needs of the different countries and institutions.


Program Content

» Latest concepts, methods, and tools for educational staff training
» Model of the Pluralistic Identity
» Models of Multicultural Education
» Programs designed to implement the compulsory education law for detached youth who are not integrated into formal educational frameworks, including special programs for youth in protective institutions and prisons
» Humanistic Mathematics as a Tool of Educational Insertion
» Science and Technology Projects as a Tool for Educational Insertion
» Education towards completion of certificates on various high school grade levels, within the framework of compensatory centers operated in cooperation with local authorities
» The development of social skills, practical skills and leadership
» Special seminars on civic education
» The training of special educational personnel to work with youth at-risk
» Computerized information centers to provide services for youth, locally and nationally
» Complementary education for school-excluded youth: An Evaluation Study – “From Exclusion to Inclusion”
» Improving awareness in teachers of disadvantaged students
» Ways and means designed to assist latent school dropouts
» Correlation between cultural gaps and learning perseverance level
» The influence of achievement, motivation and level of aspiration on learning processes
» Prevention of violent behavior among school students through the advancement of youth programs
» Education to prevent use of drugs and alcohol
» Sexual education


Methodology

• Lectures and discussions led by experts
• Workshops
• Analysis of educational planning through written material and professional visits
• Meeting with institutional administrators
• Exposure to projects at the national and regional level
• Simulations, panel discussions, and group work
• Preparation of final projects by individuals or groups, based on the professional interests of participants
• Study Tours: Schools, educational centers (including science and art centers), universities, teacher training institutions and pedagogical resource centers.

Social Activities and Tours:

Organized tours of holy sites and locations of general and historical interest will be conducted. Social and cultural activities will be arranged.

 

Qualifications required

a) High-level educational staff, at the regional or national level, dealing with the target population, school principals, counselors, supervisors, lecturers at teacher training institutions, and researchers in relevant fields;
b) Be proficient in reading and writing in the language of instruction; (if the language of instruction is not the mother tongue, a certificate of language proficiency must be provided);
c) Be not more than 50 years of age; 

Facilities offered by the MASHAV (Israel)

Israel's Agency for International Development Cooperation (MASHAV) will assume costs relating to:

  1. Registration and tuition frees;
  2. Accommodation (Room and Board); and
  3. Health insurance and basic medical care (This does not include dental care, glasses, and chronic illnesses).

Accommodations: Participants will reside at Ramat Rachel Hotel on the outslirts of Jerusalem 2 people per room.

Facilities offered by UNESCO

  1. UNESCO will cover international travel expenses (at the most economical airfare) within the framework of the 2012-2013 Fellowships Programme; and
  2.  One-time special allowance amounting to US$100.

(Note: Expenses such as the processing of visa, accommodation, meals and insurance during transit and/or prolonged stay in Israel are not covered by this fellowship.)

Submission of applications

Deadline for submission of applications: 21 December 2012

All applications, indicating clearly the course for which candidates are applying, should be endorsed by the relevant Government body (such as the National Commission or Permanent Delegation) and must be made on a UNESCO Fellowship Application form. Each Member State can nominate a maximum of three (3) candidatures. The letter of nomination should reach the Fellowships Programme Section, UNESCO (7, Place de Fontenoy, 75352 PARIS O7) imperatively on or before 21 December 2012. An advance copy of the application may be sent by fax (+33.1.45685503) or by e-mail (l.pigeonneau@unesco.org/a.zaid@unesco.org). The applications should be submitted with the following attachments: 

  1. UNESCO Application Form, duly completed in duplicate;
  2. Two photographs (4 x 6 cm);
  3. Certified copies of diploma(s) in duplicate;
  4. Certificate of language proficiency (if needed); and
  5. A medical certificate of good health*. DO NOT SUBMIT a medical examination report at this stage.

(* Only selected candidates will be required to provide a certificate of good health issued by a physician)

The final selection of the fellowship beneficiaries will be made by the MASHAV (Israel).

CANDIDATES NOT INFORMED OF THEIR SELECTION 15 DAYS PRIOR TO THE STARTING DATE OF THE COURSE (i.e., 11 February 2013) SHOULD CONSIDER THAT THEIR APPLICATIONS HAVE NOT BEEN APPROVED IN THE SELECTION PROCESS (i.e. NO SPECIFIC LETTER WILL BE ADDRESSED TO THOSE NOT SELECTED)


Visas

All foreigners going to study in Israel are required to obtain a visa. Should your country not have an Israeli consulate, selected candidates will be advised as to where to apply for such a visa. In exceptional cases, visa may be given upon arrival at the airport provided that approval by the Israeli authorities has been obtained well in advance, and, on condition that the relevant information (name, date and place of birth, passport number, date of issue, validity, etc.) are transmitted to the Israeli authorities on time.

Files which are incomplete or which are received after the deadline for application, as well as candidates who do not fulfill the requirements mentioned above cannot be taken into consideration. It is the national authorities’ responsibility to ensure that all candidates are duly informed of the above conditions prior to the submission of their applications for these fellowships.

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