Fidel (Alphabet in Amharic), Association for Education and Social Integration of Ethiopian Jews in Israel, was established by Ethiopian and native Israelis in 1997 in order to provide a solution for educational and integration challenges. Fidel’s position and vast knowledge of the community allows the organization to operate from within and create lasting community infrastructure. Fidel’s programs operate throughout the country and offer children, youth and adults the necessary means to integrate into and succeed in Israeli society.
The Ethiopian Israeli community numbers over 120,000, about 60% are under the age of 18. Ethiopian Israelis, who aim to build their lives in Israel face social and cultural differences and unfamiliar educational, occupational and welfare systems. In the framework of this effort, children and youth, 33% of whom are immigrants themselves and 67% of whom were born in Israel, have difficulty integrating and defining their identity in Israeli society.
Since its founding, Fidel has successfully helped thousands of Ethiopian youth and their parents in their integration process through the following programs:
Educational and Social Mediators work in schools in which there is a need to overcome language and cultural gaps. Mediators generate integration between children, parents and the school system, develop open communication channels, encourage parental involvement and function as role models, in order to enable children to achieve their scholastic and social potential.
Youth Centers provide interesting and enriching programs for at-risk youth, helping them make good use of their leisure time and providing personal, educational social and communal enrichment.
Young Leadership Groups focus on personal commitment, leadership skills and social involvement. The program aims to develop meaningful leadership that will lead processes in Israeli society.
Educational Initiative for raising literacy and community development in public schools aims to improve educational achievements and develop community within and outside schools as a model for educational and social integration.
Parents’ Groups on a variety of topics according to needs raised by parents. The program aims to increase parents’ awareness and encourage them to take an active part in their children’s education.