The KKL-JNF Youth and Education Department provides ecological Zionist education to youth in Israel and in the Diaspora, through exciting educational programs, tours, events, enrichment programs for teachers and counselors, and innovative educational materials for all ages. The KKL-JNF Youth and Education Division imbues children and youth with a love of Israel and a love of the environment, and shows how they go hand in hand.
The KKL-JNF Youth and Education Department works within the framework of formal and informal educational institutions, in Israel and in other countries, and in cooperation with all the Zionist youth groups in Israel and in the diaspora. We focus on the values of ecology, Zionism, sustainable development, afforestation and environmental protection, and we place an emphasis on hands-on experience and participation.
The Youth and Education Department is also working to bring back the Blue Box, a cherished icon which for generations served as a grassroots means for realizing the Zionist dream. It is the divison's goal that the Blue Box will once again be seen in kindergartens, classrooms and every Jewish home in Israel and the Diaspora.
The Youth and Education Department is also working to narrow the educational gaps between children and youth in Israel's main cities and peripheral regions. The Maof project, in which KKL-JNF guidance counselors have been initiating local Zionist leadership chapters and educational programming for children and youth in Israel's peripheral regions, is slowly effecting change in peripheral communities.
The Youth and Educational Department's special Diaspora Unit connects students and teachers abroad with the Land of Israel and its people. KKL-JNF emissaries and staff travel to other countries, where they engage children and youth in unique group programs and offer educational tours in Israel, in order to introduce the work of KKL-JNF, and to nurture the values of Zionism and ecology in the next generation. Special emphasis is placed on acquainting youth with the projects supported by the KKL-JNF chapters in their country of origin.
For youth in the Diaspora, we offer the following Israel programs:
- Hands-on connection to Israel's soil in the Nof Moledet project, in which participants actively engage in Israel's forest and parks by helping to trim trees, maintain trails, prepare bicycle paths, and more.
- Connecting youth in the Diaspora with their roots in the land of Israel by going on archaeological expeditions in Adulam-France Park, and in the vicinity of Lahav Forest, a unique project in cooperation with the Israel Antiquities Authority.
- Connecting to tradition and Zionism in various programs and projects such as festive events for Tu Bishvat and Israel Independence Day, bar mitzvah celebrations and ecological field days.
- Connecting to our homeland through tree planting all year round.
Film: KKL-JNF Educational Activities
Film: KKL-JNF educational activities in Zionism and Ecology (Hebrew)
Green Window Website for Kids
Green Window is the KKL JNF ecological website for children and youth. Green Window (currently in Hebrew only) is a fun, user-friendly online educational tool for kids (age 9 to 16) on everything KKL-JNF: nature, environmental protection, special projects, and information on ongoing tours and events.
Green Window is a fascinating online world of information on KKL-JNF, Zionism and Ecology. The website is comprised of information sections dealing with forest management, water technology and environmental protection, and interactive sections, which features fun games, forums and other online tools.
The site is constantly updated, and popular features include educational flashcard games, a photo gallery, a video gallery, a monthly green suggestion corner and more. Surfers can respond to articles and ideas, and send in their own green tips.
It is our goal that the Green Window site will become a vibrant online community, a fun home where children and youth can read about the history and environment of Israel, give voice on different ideas to KKL-JNF and the general public, and spread the news about KKL-JNF's activities in Israel to their friends and family.
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