Hebrew literacy course for Rambam workers, immigrants and veterans from Ethiopia

The Rambam Medical Center, the Haifa-Boston partnership, together with the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Absorption, this week inaugurated a new unique project: a Hebrew literacy course for workers, immigrants and veterans from Ethiopia (Photo: Rambam)

The Rambam Medical Center, the Haifa-Boston partnership together with the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Absorption, inaugurated a new unique project this week

When a father wants to be able to do homework with the child, and an engineer's mother decides that now it's her turn - the Hebrew learning project is designed to help with exactly that.

The Rambam Medical Center and the Haifa-Boston partnership launched a unique and exciting educational project, together with the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Absorption - a Hebrew literacy course for veteran immigrants from Ethiopia, who work at the hospital. 

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An invested program designed for immigrant workers

This is an invested program designed for workers, all immigrants, who dreamed of doing homework with their children (this was revealed from the interviews of the workers), and who would learn about 150 hours of Hebrew and computer studies, at the "Rambam Yeda College" in the hospital. The class of the project has 20 students Aged 30-50, most of them belong to the economy sector in Rambam.

The Haifa-Boston partnership sees great importance in promoting equal educational and employment opportunities among immigrants from Ethiopia and in doing so, in giving another opportunity to veteran immigrants who have not yet acquired language skills - and therefore initiates and communicates with employers who have a large number of employees, immigrants from Ethiopia. 

Learning and personal curiosity as a lever for improving personal and organizational quality of life

The Director of Human Resources, Administration and Finance at Rambam, Merav Sodri, says that in the hospital's learning system, they see the value of learning and personal curiosity as a lever to improve the quality of personal and organizational life, and therefore invest precious resources in the realization of the new project.

The immigrant workers from Ethiopia, who have been in Israel for many years, get another opportunity to study Hebrew, since when they immigrated and moved to a studio, they were not free to study due to cultural differences and lack of experience in learning skills. Today, when they have been here for years, they want to move forward and maximize their ability for themselves and for their children and expand their level of independence, so that they do not have to depend on their children for translation.

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Galit Kobi, director of the learning and training system at Rambam says:

We planned for a long time to start such a project due to the voices from the field, who wished for such a project. Fortunately, we found a performance partner, dedicated and matter-of-fact in the form of the Haifa-Boston partnership, and we were able to hit the road. 

the various employees

D (a farm worker), said during the admission interviews that she always wanted to sit in front of her child and understand what he was writing. S. shared that she had an engineer son and said that she had devoted her whole life to his studies and now it was her turn. Y. expressed the expectation of being a father whose children turn to him and whisper in his ears the sentence "Dad, can you help me?"

Studies in the innovative program will take place twice a week, for five months. The hospital management gives the employee a day of learning at the expense of work and the employee undertakes to complete hours for the benefit of studies after the end of the work day.

The Rambam Medical Center, the Haifa-Boston Partnership, together with the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Absorption, this week inaugurated a new unique project: a Hebrew literacy course for workers, immigrants and veterans from Ethiopia (Photo: Rambam)
The Rambam Medical Center, the Haifa-Boston Partnership, together with the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Absorption, this week inaugurated a unique new project: a Hebrew literacy course for workers, immigrants and veterans from Ethiopia (Photo: Rambam)

 According to Hila Perlman, CEO of the Haifa-Boston Partnership:

The cooperation between the Rambam Hospital and the Haifa-Boston partnership is an ongoing cooperation, starting with scholarships given to the children of the Ethiopian community and the auxiliary force for studies, through support during the war and now the special training program for the members of the community. We intend to continue to support and assist in the advancement of the community members in Haifa in general And in the hospital in particular.

The Haifa-Boston partnership has been operating for over 35 years in Haifa, and currently operates in three main core areas: leadership development, associations and a common society, with the goal being to respond to the needs arising from the area in the city.

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