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Ethiopians to Contribute to Environmental Education in Israel

Posted on 8/20/2013 by in Israel Today Misrad HaKlita Ethiopian Jews
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The Ethiopian lifestyle is based on sustainability. Included in the many challenges that Ethiopian immigrants face on arrival in Israel is the transition to a high-tech and consumerist society. Adapting will be easier in future: sustainability already plays an important role in the conservation-minded West, and is now gaining a more central role in environmental education in Israel.

The Jewish National Fund (JNF) recently launched a new project, Green Dream, that offers sustainable environmental education to Ethiopian immigrants at Absorption Centers in Northern Israel. The project is tailored to the unique needs of olim (immigrants) at the different stages of their absorption into Israeli society, through a partnership program between olim and Absorption Center staff.

An introductory day seminar for staff included lectures, workshops and discussions. The challenge now facing Ethiopian-Israeli immigrants will be integrating into the high-tech and consumerist society in Israel without losing the sustainability that they had in Ethiopia. Absorption authorities hope that embracing sustainability will help Ethiopian immigrants identify with, and feel more involved in Israeli society, as they contribute their indigenous knowledge to the program.

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