Leaders of the Land High-School
A School Cultivating Deep Rooted Leadership
>>Expanding the world of education beyond four walls, combining high school and matriculation curriculum with the labor of agriculture in the Negev.
18 high-school student participants in its 1st year | 15-18 year-old participants | Boarding school combining high school and matriculation studies with the labor of agriculture |Developed with and approved by the Ministry of Education
The first program of its kind, Leaders of the Land expands the world of education beyond four walls, combining high school and matriculation curriculum and studies with the hard labor of agriculture. Leaders of the Land "Adam V' Adama" in Hebrew, is a remarkable program which seeks to engender vibrant, fresh leaders by connecting the younger generation to the land and love of Israel, strengthening their Zionist and Jewish values and providing them with the tools and experience to pioneer and succeed. Each morning, these high school students will have a hand in challenging agricultural labor, working in date groves, grape vineyards, mango orchards, greenhouses of peppers and tomatoes, and fields of onions, eggplants, and watermelon. Working five-hours each day, students discover their physical and mental strength, develop self-confidence, and bond as a team while connecting to the land and providing much needed help to the farmers in the Negev. The afternoons are dedicated to matriculation studies. Set up in small classrooms, students spend fivehours studying the full core curriculum with the option of majoring in biology or agriculture. The unique learning style boost students' studying habits, focus and personal responsibility. Following their studies, students take part in a variety of enrichment activities, including outdoor workshops, group dynamics and community outreach, to enhance their sense of belonging and responsibility towards society. Students also volunteer once a month in agriculture, guard duty, or other activity. The program, developed with and approved by the Ministry of Education, is run in cooperation with ShitimDarca School in the Arava. The first year's students will continue on with the program for 11th grade, enrolling 20 new students the second year and upwards of 60 students the third year, thus establishing three concurrent grade levels