Garin Harel Education
The educational system
The education in the community is dear and significant to us as a community. As Hillary Clinton coined in her book “It Takes the Village” to raise our children. We see the whole community as part of the education of our children on all its aspects.
In the community various educational bodies exist; nurseries, kindergartens and after organized after-school activities for all age groups. The educational system considers the physical, mental, and spiritual wellbeing of the child, it advances as a high value the development them to the fullest. The kindergarten system is comprised of diverse facilities, wide open spaces and a broad staff of dedicated workers which give personal attention to each child based on his/her unique personal needs. The small groups which are divided by ages with only several months in between are proliferating as well as the children of the community in a blessed pace. The program strives to facilitate to the children the rules and norms of reality to prepare them to the world and the various challenges which await them.
Developing skills and crafts
The educational system during the day and in the afternoon sees in the development of skills and abilities of each child according to his personal affinity as central in the art of education. The programs set to identify the natural tendency of the child, to develop it and enlighten it with awareness and if the child chooses so to deepen in the field of choice. For example, a child that is attracted to music, to sport to math or to unique social activities. The emphasis in the education is on leadership, openness, emotional expression and understanding, ability to share and participate in society, doing, agility and ability to work, trust and acceptance of authority, expressing opinions, communication and more.
Educators in all fields are present in the children’s lives from the hours in the kindergarten to community Shabbat dinners and holidays. The children see the adults which work with them during the day going for work in the village, visiting their homes and as part of the routine community life. The child sees the teacher, the youth group leader, the kindergarten teacher or the guitar teacher all around the village behaving naturally in many situations and this is why us all, as a community know we must set an example and be positive role models that matches our ideals at any given time. It is not about the role rather about our essence as educators for our children, for our friends and for ourselves. We are the example for improving and developing our traits, sharing knowledge and so forth. We know the children observe all that is around them, they recognize, embed and process habits and behaviors with their 5 senses and beyond.