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According to its website, AMIT (Americans for Israel and Torah) operates “110 schools, youth villages, surrogate family residences and other programs in 32 cities, constituting Israel’s only government-recognized network of religious Jewish education incorporating academic and technological studies.” Founded in 1925, the organization strives to “enable Israel’s youth to realize their potential” and “strengthens Israeli society by educating and nurturing children from diverse backgrounds within a framework of academic excellence, Jewish values and Zionist ideals.”
Since its early success, opening the first vocational high school for girls in Jerusalem in 1933, AMIT has grown in leaps and bounds. Today, the organization “educates more than 34,000 children, with 70% coming from the geographic or socioeconomic periphery of the country.” Selected by the Ministry of Education as the leading education network across all measurements in Israel (including quality bagrut, pedagogical innovation, pluralism and bridging the gap, lowest dropout rate, and integrity), AMIT places emphasis on critical 21st-century skills, such as teamwork, collaboration, problem-solving, and employing technology.
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