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From its inception, ORT has had the good fortune of being led by people distinguished by their accomplishments in business, science, the arts and professions. The organisation's lay leaders are drawn from a wide variety of social, national and professional backgrounds but are committed to a common goal - to enable people to live productively, independently and harmoniously. Hand in hand with World ORT's professionals, they devote energy and expertise to making the organisation the success it is.
The biggest single project World ORT has undertaken in Israel so far has been the redevelopment of a brownfield site in the seaside city of Kiryat Yam into a stunning campus which has placed education and self-improvement at the heart of this blue-collar community. The $18 million Alex and Betty Schoenbaum Science, Eduational, Cultural and Sports Campus was opened in September 2010 on budget and on time. Its state-of-the-art science centre, planetarium, oceanarium, aquatic sports centre, athletics track and Ethiopian heritage centre together create an inspirational resource not only for students at the two adjacent schools but for the whole city and beyond.
From clay tablets to tablet PCs and from blackboards to interactive whiteboards, classrooms have been transformed over the past 200 years. But the pace of change in educational technology has really taken off in just one generation, mirroring the fast-frame evolution of our work and recreation. World ORT is at the forefront of introducing new technology to schools to enhance the learning experience, enable the adoption of new pedagogical methods and accustom young people to its use as an effective tool rather than just a plaything.
If you want a quality education then you need quality teachers. Through training programmes, international seminars and the fostering of collaborative and supportive relationships, World ORT continuously develops the professional skills of its teachers. We ensure that their motivation to embrace innovation is matched by an ability to harness the potential of new technology and implement new learning strategies to the benefit of the children we serve.
The Jewish People have made a disproportionate contribution to human progress. At World ORT, we want our Jewish students to be proud of that and to continue to make the world a better place inspired by their 4,000-year-old heritage. By knowing where they come from we believe our Jewish students will be better equipped to know which way to go.
Students at ORT Brazil not only receive a top notch scientific and technical education which all but guarantees them a place at university – they leave school with qualifications that enable them to work straight away.
Something to smile about: ORT France offers its 4,000 students a range of highly-regarded post-Baccalaureat diploma courses, from dental technicians and opticians to commerce, banking and IT.
World ORT is Hewlett-Packard’s sole partner in the Former Soviet Union, bringing practical managerial and entrepreneurial skills to adults and high school students.
More than 15,000 women have improved their economic situation at 17 ORT-KesherNet training centres in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Georgia.
People from a wide range of backgrounds gain sought-after diploma and degree-level qualifications in business, technology, health services, design and other fields in US ORT Operations centres in Los Angeles, Brooklyn, Detroit, and Skokie.
The pace of scientific progress and technological development has never been faster. It is thrilling but also daunting: how do you prepare for careers which have not been invented yet? At World ORT we keep a close eye on the changing demands of the workplace and give an educational head start to our students in a jobs market which is increasingly competitive – but exploding with opportunities.
World ORT is inspired by Jewish tradition to reach out to our neighbours, regardless of their ethnic or religious background. We place our expertise in education and vocational training at the service of tens of thousands of people throughout the Developing World every year. And we aim to ensure the benefits are felt for years to come by setting up self-sustaining, locally-based training capacity.
Entering adulthood has always had its challenges. Today, even in relatively stable, prosperous societies, young people face a world teetering on the edge of financial crisis and good jobs increasingly hard to find – and even harder to prepare for because of rapidly changing technology. But an ORT education gives young people the self-awareness, skills and knowledge they need to face the future with confidence.