Perach, a mentoring project, a success story. Amos Carmeli. June 2013.
A Mentoring Project -
a Success Story
??Who are weWho are we
Few people in Israel haven’t heard of it
Every student knows about it
About 25,000 students take part annually
574,000 students had participated
Over one million children benefitted from it
About 1/6 of Israel’s population had been exposed
Following the WiseFollowing the Wise……
“Tutor a child in the way he should go: and even
when he is old, he will not depart from it”
“Everyone according to his/her ability to each one
according to his/her needs”. Matching needs with
abilities - Karl Max
“There is no free Lunch”. Just the giver - receives
Believing makes things happen
The Pygmalion Effect
Main “IngredientsMain “Ingredients””
Serving the neediest
Working with the best
Involving all parties
Using external incentives
Maximum support hours
The ChildrenThe Children
All come from a disadvantaged background
20% come from single-parent families
22% are new immigrants
25% are from minority groups
Every child needs a friend
Most children don’t like school
All children love to play
Anything can be played -
The MentorsThe Mentors
All are university and college students
The largest and most powerful force for a social
Young (but not too); Bright; Energetic; Intelligent;
Capable; Resourceful; (still) Have some free time;
Not too Cynical (yet);
Even though not professionals - with the right
incentive and guidance-
They can work out miracles
Civic ValuesCivic Values
“Ask not what your country can
do for you
but what you can do for your
inauguration speech, 1961
Ivory towersIvory towers
Universities should not be considered as
But rather as
lighthouses for entire communities
Enrichment Centers Science CentersCommunication Centers
One on One 82%
Activity profileActivity profile
The Young Entrepreneur
The Wise ConsumerLaw & Order
Arts Music & Drama
Nature & Environment
Sports & Excellence
Nature of Chemistry
Aim high (to Matriculation)
One (or two)
with a group
And many others…
Requirements & RewardsRequirements & Rewards
Twice a week
Two hours each session
Entire academic year (34 weeks)
ScholarshipScholarship (50% of tuition fee)(50% of tuition fee)
Academic CreditsAcademic Credits
Travel ExpensesTravel Expenses
Contribution to the ChildrenContribution to the Children
According to Schools – A Scale of 1-5* (inAccording to Schools – A Scale of 1-5* (in%)%)
*Based on a questionnaire circulated among a large number of schools
1-2 Social Status
Drop-out from collegeDrop-out from college
Based on survey conducted by a large college
((Not Only) MoneyNot Only) Money
In most cases, money is not THE problem !
- There is almost no need for “new” money.
- Overhead is quite low.
- Donors love the idea (each $ works few times).
- There is social justice in the system
(those who have-pay).
Making the DECISION is !
Selected for House of Nations at EXPO
2000 in Germany
Elected “Knight of Governing Quality”
The Israel PrizeThe Israel PrizeThe Israel PrizeThe Israel Prize
Elected one of four leading institutes for
(First!) National Prize for Quality in the
T & M Around the GlobT & M Around the Glob
“The need to replicate the Perach Project cannot be
overemphasized. The introduction of Perach will go a long way
in alleviating some of the current problems we face both in the
Educational and Social spheres.”
(Foreign delegation to Perach)
Students Are almost the same
T & M project can flourish anywhere in the
Perach in the worldPerach in the world
A Win-Win SituationA Win-Win Situation
All are Winners !All are Winners !
- Children & Families
- Schools & Teachers
- University Students
- Universities & Colleges
- Local Municipalities
“I have a dream today”
Martin Luther King
COORDINATORS (COORDINATORS ( students. All past tutors)students. All past tutors)
• 3 days seminar before year starts.
• Weekly group meetings with educational counselor &
• Monthly meetings with educational counselor individually
or in groups of 3-4 coordinators.
TUTORSTUTORS (minimum required)(minimum required)
• Beginning of the year - a school day.
• Once a month - individually with coordinator.
• 5 times a year - group meeting with coordinator.
• Twice a year - meeting with teachers.
• Counseling from educational counselor - optional.
• Written material.
Education = Acquiring of basic knowledge, thinking
methods and learning abilities for today’s world.
Higher Education = Acquiring a profession
H.E. students are young ,healthy, usually
come from well- off background-they are
subsidized by the public while paving their
way up the social ladder.
A utopian state will be able to provide its citizens,
free of charge, with: health, nutrition, education
In RealityIn Reality
No country in today’s world can supply all of them,
or even most of them free of charge
Everyone has to pay for these servicesEveryone has to pay for these services
And at School……And at School……
improvement in:improvement in:
A sense of belonging to school
Learning habits and interest in learning
Matriculation grades and bigger interest in Studying
Relationship with siblings and parents (children of
More interest in Chemistry and Science (in
Chemistry and Science education projects)
It only takes one personIt only takes one person……
To make it happen !
Perach makesPerach makes……
Better human beings !