Community Education Center
The Community Education Center (CEC) offers evening-classes for members of the foreign communities in response to the lack of educational opportunities for foreigners. The CEC is essentially a community-based initiative founded and coordinated to-date by a leadership group comprised of members from the migrant and asylum seekers communities. This leadership group, and the fact that the organization is managed in practice by the community it serves, is what makes the CEC unique in the landscape of NGO’s working with the foreign communities.
Classes taught at the CEC aim at enlarging the knowledge and skills of the members of the foreign communities in order to better their opportunities in the job market and their orientation to Israeli society. In addition, the courses aim to equip the students with skills to better advocate for their rights.
Since its establishment in 2010, the CEC has been conducting three semesters yearly, with 120-240 students per semester.
The CEC offers diverse study programs:
Skills orientated classes
giving students skills that enable them to be more self-sufficient and to generate income, including sewing courses, which have thus far trained some 25 women and men in in the art of sewing, and computer classes encompassing approximately 60 students each semester, teaching skills such as basic and advanced training in computers, graphic design and computer programing.
Language and Orientation to Israeli society
seeking to familiarize the students with the politics, culture and language in Israel and thereby improving their capacities to manage their lives in Israel. Among these courses are the Hebrew language courses, which attract approximately 50 students per semester, as well as courses in Israeli Politics, home economics, and child psychology.
equip the students with tools that enlarge their capacities to express themselves and equip them with hands-on experience in various fields, such as photography and video.
INFORMATION ON OUR COURSES
The classes focus on spoken Hebrew, and the ability to communicate in different aspects of life: stores, buses, authorities, apartment rental and contracts, medical issues, work issues and employers, and with Israelis in every day encounters.
The class will meet for two hours every Sunday and will focus on conversation, reading, writing, and practicing skills. Students can also attend a practice session on Wednesdays.
Students will receive written materials for reading, practice and homework.
The CEC offers Hebrew classes for three/four levels every semester:
Level 1 – Beginners: for students with no knowledge of Hebrew at all
Level 2 – Intermediary: for students who can communicate in Hebrew on a basic level but have little to none reading and writing skills.
Level 3 – Advanced: students are able to communicate in Hebrew, know the alphabet and have the ability to read and write very basic texts.
The English course focus on learning conversational English, and is appropriate for people who have a basic knowledge in English and want to better their conversational skills. The learning process is based on experiential learning methods, and is an opportunity to practice conversing in English, while learning new vocabulary.
The course is for beginners, and is an opportunity to learn basic techniques of using a camera as well as how to take pictures. Additionally to the basic use, the course focuses on using photography as a global language based on the visual, known and understood by all.
The course will give you the opportunity to learn some advance principles of this visual language, using the camera. We will learn to use this language in order to tell a story or to present a thought – to communicate ourselves to the other.
The journalism course focuses on how to write and edit article, how to convey an idea through articles, how to research, what are the ethics behind writing and how the written press/newspapers actually works. In the course there will be a number of classes, in which the students will have the opportunity to meet leading journalists and editors as well as to visit a news agency. In addition, students will chose whether they want to publish a CEC newspaper at the end of the course, write articles for an internet based newspaper or try to publish their articles in national or local newspapers.
The course aims to introduce computers in the most basic operations of the computer. The students will become familiar with the main parts and the method of working with the operating system including first steps of using the internet and the office applications (word & power point).
The purpose of the course is to develop computer skills that will transform the computer into a tool used by the course participants. The course content includes working with search engines, online learning sites, online shopping sites, safety on the internet and the subject of confidential private browsing, how to keep your computer Clean (temporary files and cookies), Antivirus checking and cleaning unnecessary files. The course also provides computer skills in data processing by using Excel in its more advances features.
Basic graphic design
The course is an introduction to world of graphic design. The student will learn theory about design, typography and photo editing. The course will provide the student with the ability to use graphics as a platform for marketing and promotion, by learning how to create and design business cards, flyers, brochures, posters and more.
Advanced graphic design
Intended for people who have high-level skills in graphic design, and will focus on advancing abilities and skills in this field, as well learning how to teach others graphic design.
This course focuses on web design – building websites, using Photoshop, html, css, or instant website builders. In addition to understanding concepts such as user experience design, servers, and responsive sites for mobile phones, search engines and online marketing.
Looking into the historical and current actors, trends and groups in the Israeli politics.
The CEC has been operating a sewing center for the past few years. The center is a place to learn the art of sewing, that is acquire the fundamentals for sewing such as working the sewing machine, cutting, seaming, etc. More importantly, the center is a place for the participants to gather and work in a shared learning environment and to manufacture products that they can later sell.
In this course students learn to edit the videos, preparing them for screening, publishing online and more.
Documentary video course
Video cameras allow us to document our life and the lives of the people around us. Video enables us to draw — in moving pictures — reality as we experience it, and as we understand it. Nothing parallels first person documentation and storytelling.
The documentary video course will provide basic tools in video filming and video editing, as well as the making of short films in which the students document significant moments in their lives and the lives of their family members and friends; moments of hardship and worry as well as personal and communal joy. Students will document events taking place at home, at work and in the public sphere.
During the course, we will watch documentaries from Africa, the Middle East and the West. We will develop raw ideas into short finished films and watch the videos made by the students.
Angie Fule Robles; one of the founding members of the CEC
Angie is originally from the Philippines and has been in Israel for over 30 years. She is grandmother to two boys who are under her care. Angie has been a prominent volunteer in Mesilla for many years and a member of the board of Arteam. She has also been involved in Filipino community and treasurer of NATIONAL ALLIANCE OF FILIPINO COMMUNITY IN ISRAEL (NAFILCO). In addition she is a member of Israeli children organization. Angie finished the course of Pattern Cutting and Designing In the CEC she established the sewing center and has been a leading teacher in the center.
She explains what led to establishing the CEC: “After the 3 months leadership course we decided to organize the CEC (Community Education Center). As a migrant worker I feel the needs of our co-migrant workers. That’s why we named it after the community. We choose also the courses that we can use, when we go back home or wherever we go and courses that we can use even in our own home.”
Jun Coronado; one of the founding members of the CEC
Jun was born in the Philippines and immigrated to Israel in 1990. He has a Bachelor degree commerce (major in accounting). In Israel he worked for seven years as a caregiver and to date he works as a service staff.
Jun says he joined the CEC because “I wanted to learn, meet people, help volunteer for the good cause of migrant workers. Today I’m helping administrative work and class coordination”
Emily Shani; leadership group member
Emily Shani, 53 years old from the Philippines. Emily is a mother to two children; Adam 22 years old who recently completed his army service and April who is 16 years old and goes to high school.
Emily says she joined the CEC “for their GOAL suits my ideals of spending my free time in reaching out and connecting people in different countries and cultures.
It is a very rewarding deed, meeting people making new friends.”
Cristina S. Israeli; leadership group member
Cristina is originally from the Philippines and has been in Israel for the last 30 years. She is a widow and has a sixteen year old son. She joined the leadership group a year ago, and says that she did so because “I love to have more knowledge from this group as a volunteer or coordinator.”
Vincent Udogadi Uzoma; one of the founding members of the CEC
Vincent Udogadi Uzoma is originally from Nigeria and has been in Israel for the past twenty years. He is a father to two children. He has been an active member in the CEC since its establishment.
Vincent explains that “I’m involved in organizing and
Ali Ibrahim Ali; leadership group member
Ali is from Sudan and has been in Israel for seven years. He studied Agriculture and this is his profession, in Sudan he was a farmer. Ali says: “I came to Israel because of the problems in my country. I lost my life and came to look for a better life.”
Ali joined the CEC in 2013, because he wanted to “to give knowledge to our community and to strengthen my colleagues”. He adds that “the important thing in the CEC is that it unite people from different communities by the way of education.”
Hassan Mohammed Abdalla; leadership group member
Hassan is from Sudan and has been living in Israel for the past eight years. Before joining the leadership group he was studied for three years in the CEC. Hassan explains that he joined the CEC because: “I learned a lot in the courses I took and decided to join the leadership group to help my community. I like the way CEC help communities and give them power by education.”
In the CEC he coordinates and teaches.